Robert Cooney, PhD

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Robert Cooney, PhD

Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Environmental Sciences

Academic Degrees

  • PhD (Chemistry) University of California at San Diego
  • BA (Chemistry) Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests

Dr. Cooney's area of interest is on the role of diet and lipid-soluble antioxidants in the prevention of chronic diseases of aging and survival. His current research is focused on the epidemiology and molecular mechanisms of action for lipid micronutrients such as Vitamin D, tocopherols, coenzyme Q10, and carotenoids. His past research has been instrumental in identifying the molecular mechanism of action for γ-tocopherol in preventing nitrogen oxide-mediated DNA damage and unique associations between γ-tocopherol and other lipid micronutrients in humans. Recent studies have focused on the relation of these micronutrient levels with inflammation and survival in human populations.

2007-2010 NIH/NCI RO3 CA132149 Interactions of coenzyme Q10 with plasma tocopherols and their role in breast cancer prevention. (B. Cooney)

2007-2010 NIH/NCI R03 CA130061 Inflammatory Markers in a 2-Year Soy Intervention among Pre-menopausal Women (G. Makarinec)

Selected Publications

Cooney RV, Dai Q, Gao YT, Chow WH, Franke AA, Shu XO, Li H, Ji B, Cai Q, Chai W, Zheng W. Low plasma coenzyme Q10 levels and breast cancer risk in Chinese women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 20:1124-1130, 2011.

Chai W, Cooney RV, Franke AA, Shvetsov YB, Caberto CP, Wilkens LR, Le Marchand L, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN, Goodman MT. Plasma coenzyme Q10 levels and postmenopausal breast cancer risk: the Multiethnic Cohort Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 19:2351-6, 2010.

Chai W, Conroy SM, Maskarinec G, Franke AA, Pagano IS, Cooney RV. Associations between obesity and serum lipid soluble micronutrients among premenopausal women. Nutrition Research, 30:227-32, 2010.