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Carrie R Daniel-MacDougall, PhD, MPH

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

The primary goal of my research program is to refine and inform evidence-based dietary recommendations for cancer prevention. As a nutritional epidemiologist trained at the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute, much of my previous work focused on identifying dietary risk factors in large, prospective cohorts of healthy individuals followed for the development of cancer. At MD Anderson, I am shifting toward more patient-centered projects, targeting diet and the microbiome among high-risk groups (obese, pre-cancer patients, and survivors). We recently completed observational/epidemiologic studies and just began a pilot feeding trial. 

In addition to population-based science, I have experience in wet-lab and clinical research. This has significantly enriched my career as an epidemiologist and I strive to address research questions from every angle, considering the biological mechanisms, clinical applications, and public health implications. Broader/collaborative interests include (1) the role of diet, chronic conditions, energy balance and inflammation in cancer risk and survival; (2) dietary assessment methodology; (3) international and minority populations where new and unique modifiable risk factors may be identified; (4) the oral and gut microbiome; and (5) cancers of the kidney and digestive system

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1155 Pressler Street
Unit Number: 1340
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: CPB4.3241
Phone: 713-563-5783
Fax: 713-792-4657

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2008 Emory University, Atlanta, GA, PHD, Biological and Biomedical Sciences - Nutrition
2005 Emory University, Atlanta, GA, MPH, Epidemiology
2002 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Postgraduate Training

2008-2012 Research Fellowship, Nutritional Epidemiology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD


Academic Appointments

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences, The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX, 2014-present
Post-doctoral Fellow, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD, 2008-2012
Pre-doctoral Fellow, Epidemiology and Surveillance Research, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA, 2007-2008

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Co-director, MD Anderson Cancer Center Bionutrition Research Core, Houston, TX, 2015-present
Research Associate, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2006-2008
Program Manager, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2004-2005
Research Assistant, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, 2003-2004
Research Technician, University Medical Center, Tucson, AZ, 2000-2002

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Energy Balance Faculty Search Committee, 2014-present

Honors and Awards

2015 USA Eisenhower Fellowship nominee
2010 Fellows Award for Research Excellence, National Institutes of Health
2008 Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship, National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health
2007 Coca-Cola Award Abstract and Poster Competition, Diet and Cancer, American Society for Nutrition
2005 Division Scholar Fellowship, Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Graduate School of Arts of Sciences, Emory University
2000 Undergraduate Research Grant, University of Arizona Honors College and Steele Children's Research Center
1999 Pi Delta Phi, National French Honorary
1998-2002 John P. Shaeffer, Provost, and Spirit of Discovery Scholarships, University of Arizona

Professional Memberships

American Association for Cancer Research
Active Member, 2013-present
Molecular Epidemiology Working Group Member, 2005-present
Women in Cancer Research Careers Member, 2005-present
Associate Member, 2004-2012
American Society for Nutrition, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Member, 2007-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Wilkinson AV, Miller EE, Koehly LM, Daniel CR, Forman MR. Correlates of Physical Activity Differ by Sex and Country of Birth Among Mexican-Heritage Youth. J Immigr Minor Health. e-Pub 6/2016. PMID: 27341817.
2. Anderson C, Zhao H, Daniel CR, Hromi-Fiedler A, Dong Q, Elhor Gbito KY, Wu X, Chow WH. Acculturation and Diabetes Risk in the Mexican American Mano a Mano Cohort. Am J Public Health 106(3):547-9, 3/2016. e-Pub 1/2016. PMID: 26794174.
3. Palacios C, Daniel CR, Tirado-Gómez M, Gonzalez-Mercado V, Vallejo L, Lozada J, Ortiz A, Hughes DC, Basen-Engquist K. Dietary Patterns in Puerto Rican and Mexican-American Breast Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study. J Immigr Minor Health. e-Pub 3/2016. PMID: 26984227.
4. Melkonian SC, Daniel CR, Ye Y, Pierzynski JA, Roth JA, Wu X. Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load, and Lung Cancer Risk in Non-Hispanic Whites. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 25(3):532-9, 3/2016. PMCID: PMC4780226.
5. Daniel CR, Shu X, Ye Y, Gu J, Raju GS, Kopetz S, Wu X. Severe obesity prior to diagnosis limits survival in colorectal cancer patients evaluated at a large cancer centre. Br J Cancer 114(1):103-9, 1/12/2016. e-Pub 12/17/2015. PMCID: PMC4716542.
6. Melkonian SC, Daniel CR, Ye Y, Tannir NM, Karam JA, Matin SF, Wood CG, Wu X. Gene-environment interaction of genome-wide association study-identified susceptibility loci and meat-cooking mutagens in the etiology of renal cell carcinoma. Cancer 122(1):108-15, 1/2016. e-Pub 11/2015. PMID: 26551148.
7. Chrisman M, Chow WH, Daniel CR, Wu X, Zhao H. Mobile Phone Use and its Association With Sitting Time and Meeting Physical Activity Recommendations in a Mexican American Cohort. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 4(2):e54, 2016. e-Pub 6/2016. PMID: 27311831.
8. Shah MS, Fogelman DR, Raghav KP, Heymach JV, Tran HT, Jiang ZQ, Kopetz S, Daniel CR. Joint prognostic effect of obesity and chronic systemic inflammation in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. Cancer 121(17):2968-75, 9/1/2015. e-Pub 5/14/2015. PMCID: PMC4545691.
9. Tu H, Ahearn TU, Daniel CR, Gonzalez-Feliciano AG, Seabrook ME, Bostick RM. Transforming growth factors and receptor as potential modifiable pre-neoplastic biomarkers of risk for colorectal neoplasms. Mol Carcinog 54(9):821-30, 9/2015. e-Pub 4/2014. PMID: 24719252.
10. Tu H, Flanders WD, Ahearn TU, Daniel CR, Gonzalez-Feliciano AG, Long Q, Rutherford RE, Bostick RM. Effects of Calcium and Vitamin D3 on TGFα and. Mol Carcinog 54(4):270-80, 4/2015. e-Pub 10/26/2013. PMCID: PMC4484733.
11. Chow WH, Chrisman M, R Daniel C, Ye Y, Gomez H, Dong Q, Anderson CE, Chang S, Strom S, Zhao H, Wu X. Cohort Profile: The Mexican American Mano a Mano Cohort. Int J Epidemiol. e-Pub 3/2015. PMID: 25747868.
12. Chrisman M, Daniel CR, Chow WH, Wu X, Zhao H. Acculturation, sociodemographic and lifestyle factors associated with compliance with physical activity recommendations in the Mexican-American Mano A Mano cohort. BMJ Open 5(11):e008302, 2015. e-Pub 11/2015. PMCID: PMC4663445.
13. Huttenhower C, Knight R, Brown CT, Caporaso JG, Clemente JC, Gevers D, Franzosa EA, Kelley ST, Knights D, Ley RE, Mahurkar A, Ravel J; Scientists for Advancement of Microbiome Research, White O. Advancing the microbiome research community. Cell 159(2):227-30,, 10/2014.
14. Melkonian SC, Daniel CR, Hildebrandt MA, Tannir NM, Ye Y, Chow WH, Wood CG, Wu X. Joint association of genome-wide association study-identified susceptibility Loci and dietary patterns in risk of renal cell carcinoma among non-Hispanic whites. Am J Epidemiol 180(5):499-507, 9/1/2014. e-Pub 7/22/2014. PMCID: PMC4143080.
15. Daniel CR, Kapur K, McAdams MJ, Dixit-Joshi S, Devasenapathy N, Shetty H, Hariharan S, George PS, Mathew A, Sinha R. Development of a field-friendly automated dietary assessment tool and nutrient database for India. Br J Nutr 111(1):1-12, 1/14/2014. e-Pub 6/2013. PMID: 23796477.
16. Lopez DS, Wang R, Tsilidis KK, Zhu H, Daniel CR, Sinha A, Canfield S. Role of Caffeine Intake on Erectile Dysfunction in US Men: Results from NHANES 2001-2004. PLoS One 10(4):e0123547, 2014. e-Pub 4/28/2015. PMCID: PMC4412629.
17. Daniel CR, Park Y, Chow WH, Graubard BI, Hollenbeck AR, Sinha R. Intake of fiber and fiber-rich plant foods is associated with a lower risk of renal cell carcinoma in a large US cohort. Am J Clin Nutr 97(5):1036-43, 5/2013. e-Pub 3/20/2013. PMCID: PMC3628376.
18. Dellavalle CT, Daniel CR, Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Hollenbeck AR, Cross AJ, Sinha R, Ward MH. Dietary intake of nitrate and nitrite and risk of renal cell carcinoma in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. Br J Cancer 108(1):205-12, 1/15/2013. e-Pub 11/20/2012. PMCID: PMC3553522.
19. Moore SC, Gunter MJ, Daniel CR, Reddy KS, George PS, Yurgalevitch S, Devasenapathy N, Ramakrishnan L, Chatterjee N, Chanock SJ, Berndt SI, Mathew A, Prabhakaran D, Sinha R. Common Genetic Variants and Central Adiposity Among Asian-Indians. Obesity (Silver Spring) 20(9):1902-8, 9/2012. e-Pub 7/28/2011. PMCID: PMC3429696.
20. Sinha R, Cross AJ, Daniel CR, Graubard BI, Wu JW, Hollenbeck AR, Gunter MJ, Park Y, Freedman ND. Caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee and tea intakes and risk of colorectal cancer in a large prospective study. Am J Clin Nutr 96(2):374-81, 8/2012. e-Pub 6/13/2012. PMCID: PMC3396445.
21. Daniel CR, Sinha R, Park Y, Graubard BI, Hollenbeck AR, Morton LM, Cross AJ. Meat intake is not associated with risk of non-hodgkin lymphoma in a large prospective cohort of U.S. men and women. J Nutr 142(6):1074-80, 6/2012. e-Pub 4/25/2012. PMCID: PMC3349978.
22. Daniel CR, Cross AJ, Graubard BI, Park Y, Ward MH, Rothman N, Hollenbeck AR, Chow WH, Sinha R. Large prospective investigation of meat intake, related mutagens, and risk of renal cell carcinoma. Am J Clin Nutr 95(1):155-62, 1/2012. e-Pub 12/14/2011. PMCID: PMC3238458.
23. Daniel CR, Cross AJ, Graubard BI, Hollenbeck AR, Park Y, Sinha R. Prospective investigation of poultry and fish intake in relation to cancer risk. Cancer Prev Res (Phila) 4(11):1903-11, 11/2011. e-Pub 7/29/2011. PMCID: PMC3208759.
24. Daniel CR, Schwartz KL, Colt JS, Dong LM, Ruterbusch JJ, Purdue MP, Cross AJ, Rothman N, Davis FG, Wacholder S, Graubard BI, Chow WH, Sinha R. Meat-cooking mutagens and risk of renal cell carcinoma. Br J Cancer 105(7):1096-104, 9/27/2011. e-Pub 9/6/2011. PMCID: PMC3185955.
25. Mathew A, Daniel CR, Ferrucci LM, Seth T, Devesa SS, George PS, Shetty H, Devasenapathy N, Yurgalevitch S, Rastogi T, Prabhakaran D, Gupta PC, Chatterjee N, Sinha R. Assessment of follow-up, and the completeness and accuracy of cancer case ascertainment in three areas of India. Cancer Epidemiol 35(4):334-41, 8/2011. e-Pub 5/28/2011. PMCID: PMC3460518.
26. Nair M, Prabhakaran D, Narayan KM, Sinha R, Lakshmy R, Devasenapathy N, Daniel CR, Gupta R, George PS, Mathew A, Tandon N, Reddy KS. HbA(1c) values for defining diabetes and impaired fasting glucose in Asian Indians. Prim Care Diabetes 5(2):95-102, 7/2011. e-Pub 4/6/2011. PMCID: PMC3117965.
27. Daniel CR, Cross AJ, Koebnick C, Sinha R. Trends in meat consumption in the USA. Public Health Nutr 14(4):575-83, 4/2011. e-Pub 11/12/2010. PMCID: PMC3045642.
28. Ahearn TU, McCullough ML, Flanders WD, Long Q, Sidelnikov E, Fedirko V, Daniel CR, Rutherford RE, Shaukat A, Bostick RM. A randomized clinical trial of the effects of supplemental calcium and vitamin D3 on markers of their metabolism in normal mucosa of colorectal adenoma patients. Cancer Res 71(2):413-23, 1/15/2011. e-Pub 11/17/2010. PMCID: PMC3064476.
29. Daniel CR, Prabhakaran D, Kapur K, Graubard BI, Devasenapathy N, Ramakrishnan L, George PS, Shetty H, Ferrucci LM, Yurgalevitch S, Chatterjee N, Reddy KS, Rastogi T, Gupta PC, Mathew A, Sinha R. A cross-sectional investigation of regional patterns of diet and cardio-metabolic risk in India. Nutr J 10:12, 2011. e-Pub 1/28/2011. PMCID: PMC3042918.
30. Sinha R, Daniel CR, Devasenapathy N, Shetty H, Yurgalevitch S, Ferrucci LM, George PS, Morrissey KG, Ramakrishnan L, Graubard BI, Kapur K, Reddy KS, McAdams MJ, Rastogi T, Chatterjee N, Gupta PC, Wacholder S, Prabhakaran D, Mathew AA. Multi-center feasibility study evaluating recruitment, variability in risk factors and biomarkers for a diet and cancer cohort in India. BMC Public Health 11:405, 2011. e-Pub 5/27/2011. PMCID: PMC3128020.
31. Sidelnikov E, Bostick RM, Flanders WD, Long Q, Fedirko V, Shaukat A, Daniel CR, Rutherford RE. Effects of calcium and vitamin D on MLH1 and MSH2 expression in rectal mucosa of sporadic colorectal adenoma patients. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 19(4):1022-32, 4/2010. e-Pub 3/23/2010. PMCID: PMC3513334.
32. Fedirko V, Bostick RM, Long Q, Flanders WD, McCullough ML, Sidelnikov E, Daniel CR, Rutherford RE, Shaukat A. Effects of supplemental vitamin D and calcium on oxidative DNA damage marker in normal colorectal mucosa: a randomized clinical trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 19(1):280-91, 1/2010. PMCID: PMC2805163.
33. Ferrucci LM, Daniel CR, Kapur K, Chadha P, Shetty H, Graubard BI, George PS, Osborne W, Yurgalevitch S, Devasenapathy N, Chatterjee N, Prabhakaran D, Gupta PC, Mathew A, Sinha R. Measurement of spices and seasonings in India: opportunities for cancer epidemiology and prevention. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev 11(6):1621-9, 2010. PMCID: PMC3072051.
34. McCullough ML, Bostick RM, Daniel CR, Flanders WD, Shaukat A, Davison J, Rangaswamy U, Hollis BW. Vitamin D status and impact of vitamin D3 and/or calcium supplementation in a randomized pilot study in the Southeastern United States. J Am Coll Nutr 28(6):678-86, 12/2009. PMCID: PMC3731379.
35. Fedirko V, Bostick RM, Flanders WD, Long Q, Sidelnikov E, Shaukat A, Daniel CR, Rutherford RE, Woodard JJ. Effects of vitamin d and calcium on proliferation and differentiation in normal colon mucosa: a randomized clinical trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 18(11):2933-41, 11/2009. e-Pub 10/27/2009. PMCID: PMC2784000.
36. Fedirko V, Bostick RM, Flanders WD, Long Q, Shaukat A, Rutherford RE, Daniel CR, Cohen V, Dash C. Effects of vitamin D and calcium supplementation on markers of apoptosis in normal colon mucosa: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Cancer Prev Res (Phila) 2(3):213-23, 3/2009. e-Pub 3/3/2009. PMCID: PMC2712935.
37. Daniel CR, McCullough ML, Patel RC, Jacobs EJ, Flanders WD, Thun MJ, Calle EE. Dietary intake of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and risk of colorectal cancer in a prospective cohort of U.S. men and women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 18(2):516-25, 2/2009. e-Pub 2/3/2009. PMID: 19190143.
38. Daniel CR, Bostick RM, Flanders WD, Long Q, Fedirko V, Sidelnikov E, Seabrook ME. TGF-alpha expression as a potential biomarker of risk within the normal-appearing colorectal mucosa of patients with and without incident sporadic adenoma. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 18(1):65-73, 1/2009. PMCID: PMC2995992.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: The Beans to Enrich the Gut microbiome vs. Obesity's Negative Effects (BE GONE) Pilot Trial
Funding Source: Institutional Research Grant and Dry Bean Health Research Program
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2016
Title: BioNutrition Research Core
Funding Source: Duncan Family Institute Strategic Initiative
Role: Co-Shared Resource Director
Duration: 3/1/2015 - 2/28/2018
Title: Discovery of Risk Loci and Genomics of Pancreatic Cancer through Exome Sequencing
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Duration: 7/11/2014 - 4/30/2019
Title: Next generation sequencing to identify novel colorectal cancer genes
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Ye
Duration: 6/5/2014 - 5/30/2019
Title: Gut Microbiome: integrating risk pathways in obesity and coloretal neoplasia
Funding Source: Duncan Family Institute
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 3/1/2014 - 2/19/2016
Title: Molecular Pathways Linking Obesity and RCC Tumorigeneis (PQ1)
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Wu
Duration: 9/1/2012 - 6/30/2016

Last updated: 6/3/2016