Corrie Whisner


Corrie Whisner joined the ASU School of Nutrition and Health Promotion faculty in August 2014. Her research focuses on the effects of diet on human metabolism. Specifically, she is interested in studying the effects of dietary components on the gut microbiome and related metabolic diseases such as osteoporosis and obesity. Dr. Whisner received both her BS and PhD from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU, she was a USDA NIFA postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she studied how maternal diet impacts in utero development among pregnant adolescents.


  • Ph.D. Nutrition Science, Purdue University 2011
  • B.S. Nutrition Science, Purdue University 2007

Research Interests

Dr. Whisner's broad research interests encompass metabolic disturbances in nutrition-related diseases, lifestyle interventions to prevent or correct chronic disease, and the influence of both genetic and environmental factors on health outcomes. Her specific interests include:

  • interactions between dietary intake and gut microbiome
  • mineral metabolism
  • functional foods which improve metabolic health via the microbiome
  • nutrition for optimizing growth and development among pediatric populations (infants, children and adolescents)
  • maternal and child health outcomes in relation to prenatal nutrition

Related Links:


Bruening M, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Brewis A, Laska MN, Todd M, Hruschka D, Schaefer DR, Whisner CM, Dunton G. Longitudinal social networks impacts on weight and weight-related behaviors assessed using mobile-based ecological momentary assessments: Study Protocols for the SPARC study. BMC Public Health. 2016 [epub ahead of print].

Whisner CM, Martin BR, Nakatsu CH, Story JA, MacDonald-Clarke CJ, McCabe LD, McCabe GP, Weaver CM. Soluble corn fiber increases calcium absorption associated with shifts in the gut microbiome:  A randomized dose-response trial in free-living pubertal girls. Journal of Nutrition. 2016;146(7):1298-1306.

Whisner CM, Bruening M, O’Brien KO. A brief survey of dietary beliefs and behaviors of pregnant adolescents. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. 2016;29(5):476-481.

Miller BJ, Whisner CM, Johnston CS. Vitamin D supplementation appears to increase plasma Aβ40 in vitamin D insufficient, older adults: a pilot RCT. Journal of Alzheimers Disease. 2016; 52(3):843-847.

Whisner C, Porter A, Pecor N, Maciejewski R. A Survey of Personal Nutrition in mHealth Apps. Personal Visualization: Exploring Data in Everyday Life – IEEE VIS Workshop, 2015. (workshop paper)

Whisner CM, Young BE, Cooper E, Queenan RA, Pressman EK, O’Brien KO. Maternal diet but not gestational weight gain predicts central adiposity accretion in utero among pregnant adolescents. International Journal of Obesity. 2015;39(4):565-570.

Whisner CM, Young BE, Witter FR, Harris ZL, Queenan RA, Cooper EM, O’Brien KO. Reductions in heel bone quality across gestation are attenuated in pregnant adolescents with higher pre-pregnancy weight and greater increases in PTH across gestation. Journal of Bone & Mineral Research. 2014;29(9):2109-2117.

Whisner CM, Martin BR, Nakatsu CH, McCabe GP, McCabe LD, Weaver CM. Soluble maize fiber affects short-term calcium absorption and retention in adolescent boys and girls: a randomized controlled trial using dual stable isotopic tracers. British Journal of Nutrition. 2014;112:446-456.

Whisner CM, Martin BR, Schoterman MHC, Nakatsu CH, McCabe LD, McCabe GP, Wastney ME, van den Heuvel EGHM, Weaver CM. Galacto-oligosaccharides increase calcium absorption and gut bifidobacteria in young girls: a double blind cross-over trial. British Journal of Nutrition. 2013;110(7):1292-1303.

Research Activity


Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 440Advanced Human Nutrition I
NTR 450Nutrition in the Life Cycle
BIO 493Honors Thesis
NTR 499Individualized Instruction
NTR 550Adv Nutrition Life Cycle
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 440Advanced Human Nutrition I
NTR 450Nutrition in the Life Cycle
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
NTR 499Individualized Instruction
MIC 591Seminar
NTR 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 440Advanced Human Nutrition I
NTR 450Nutrition in the Life Cycle
BIO 493Honors Thesis
NTR 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CHS 101The ASU Experience
NTR 440Advanced Human Nutrition I
BIO 492Honors Directed Study
NTR 535Nutrigenomics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 440Advanced Human Nutrition I
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 440Advanced Human Nutrition I
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 440Advanced Human Nutrition I
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 440Advanced Human Nutrition I


BUILDingSCHOLARS Mentor Award, UTEP BUILD Summer Research Internship Program, 2016

Rookie of the Year, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, 2016

Diamond of the Department, Nutrition Science 110th Anniversary Gala, Purdue University, 2016

Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute, Early Career Leader, 2015

Sun Award for Excellent Performance and Fostering Cooperation, Arizona State University, 2014

Experimental Biology, Community and Public Health Nutrition Poster Competition, 2nd Place, 2014

Experimental Biology, Vitamins & Minerals Research Session Poster Competition, 1st Place, 2013

Professional Associations

<p>American Society for Nutrition, 2008 - present; American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, 2013 - present; Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 2012 - present; Sigma Xi (current member of ASU Chapter, past member of Cornell Chapter), 2013 - present</p>


Professional Service

Public Information Committee Member, American Society for Nutrition, 2014-2016

Session Chair, ISNAO Conference, Montreal Canada, 2015

Poster Judge, Sigma Xi International Student Research Conference, 2014


University Service

Faculty Affiliate, Residential College Advisory Board, 2016-present

Faculty Mentor, ASU Edson Award-winning Startup Company NeoLight, 2014-present

Mentor, ASU Startup Summit Innovation Challenge, 2014


Community Involvement

Maricopa County Department of Public Health, South Phoenix Health Start Community Action Network Member

StreetLightUSA Mentor