Elizabeth H. Jeffery


Dr. Elizabeth Jeffery is Professor Emerita of Nutrition and Professor Emerita of Pharmacology at the University of Illinois, Urbana. Immediately before retiring in 2011 she also served as Interim Assistant Dean in the Office of Research in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. She taught basic toxicology, played an active role in a diet and cancer discussion group and taught part of the pharmacology course in the Medical School. She holds a BSc (Honors) in Medical Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, from the University of London (U.K).

Her major research interests are mechanisms of cancer prevention by fruits and vegetables, particularly broccoli. A key concern with implementing research on dietary components that are able to prevent cancer is that much of this work is carried out in cell culture, without supportive studies to determine bioavailability from the diet. Our research focuses on translation from cell culture to whole animal and human studies to optimize efficacy. Dr. Jeffery presently sits on an NCI RO3 cancer prevention panel; her work is funded by NCI and USDA.


Sulforaphane, whole food, broccoli, bioavailability, Nrf2

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*University of Illinois Cancer Center Member