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Abby Benninghoff

Abby Benninghoff

Applied Nutrition and Research

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: AGSC 240A
IconPhone: 435-797-8649


Dr. Benninghoff received her B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1997.  She then moved to Port Aransas, Texas where she studied comparative physiology at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute with the support of an EPA Science to Achieve Results Graduate fellowship for independent environmental research.  In 2004, Dr. Benninghoff was awarded her Ph.D. for her dissertation research investigating cell communication pathways that regulate ovarian steroid hormone synthesis.  To pursue her interest in environmental toxicology, Dr. Benninghoff then relocated to Oregon State University to join the Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Department.  After completing early studies investigating estrogen-like effects of a new class of environmental pollutants called perfluoroalkyl acids, she was then awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship from the National Cancer Institute to investigate mechanisms of cancer prevention by the food chemical indole-3-carbinol.  Additionally, as a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Benninghoff was awarded a National Cancer Institute grant to study the influence of indole-3-carbinol on the epigenome, a potential new mechanism for cancer prevention by bioactive food chemicals.  In 2010, Dr. Benninghoff joined the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences and the Graduate Program in Toxicology as an Assistant Professor where she continues her research in toxicology and cancer prevention, with a focus on the influence of the environment on the epigenome.

Current funding

  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Utah Agricultural Experiment Station