William G. Helferich


Dr. Helferich obtained a B.S. in Nutrition at Ohio State University. From there, he attended the University of Maryland and obtained his M.S. in Dairy Science/Nutritional Science. Next, he attended the University of California at Davis and received his Ph.D. in Nutrition. Dr. Helferich continued his training as a NIEHS post-doctoral fellow in Environmental Toxicology, also at UC-Davis. He started his career as an Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University in 1988, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994. Dr. Helferich came to the University of Illinois in 1997and was promoted to Professor in 2002. He was named Professor, Diet, Women’s Health and Aging in 2007.

Dr. Helferich teaches FSHN 220 – Principles of Nutrition, FSHN 595 – Nutrition of Food Scientists and is the director of the NIH funded Botanical Research Center at UIUC entitled “Botanical Estrogens: Mechanisms, Dose and Target Tissues”. This Botanical Research Center (BRC) focuses on the efficacy, safety, and mechanism of action of botanical estrogens currently being consumed by women. In vitro and cell-based studies provide basic information on mechanisms of botanical estrogen action of fundamental importance for guiding and interpreting studies in preclinical animal models that will address botanical estrogen actions in multiple target tissues including uterus, mammary gland and bone, and in a breast cancer metastasis model, as well as on brain and behavior.


Breast cancer, metastasis, soy isoflavones, botanical estrogens

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