The Department of Nutrition

School of Health and Human Sciences

Rosemary Wander

Rosemary C. Wander, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor, Department of Nutrition
Centenary College of Louisiana, BS, Chemistry, 1960
Ohio State University, MS, Physical Chemistry, 1968
University of Georgia, PhD, Foods and Nutrition, 1984

Research Program

Dr. Wander’s research program addressed the role of dietary fats, primarily the ω-3 fatty acids found in cold water fish, on cardiovascular health at the cellular and molecular level.  She investigated the ability of these highly unsaturated fatty acids to function as oxidative stressors, to influence immune status, to induce apoptosis, and to modify the properties of endothelial cells. Her goal was to use robust chemical techniques to further the understanding of metabolism.  Data were collected in small scale clinical trials using healthy adults as subjects and, for the more mechanistic studies, using cells, horses, dogs, pigs, and rats.

Selected Publications

  • Gerhard, G.T.,Sexton, G., Malinow, R.R., Wander, R.C., Connor, S.L., Pappu, A.S. and Connor, W.E. 1998. Premenopausal black women have more risk factors for coronary heart disease than white women. Am. J. Card. 82:1040-1045.
  • Moore, M.A. Wander, R.C., Xia, Y., Du, S., Butler, J.A., and Whanger, P.D. 2000. Selenium supplementation of Chinese women with habitually low selenium intake increases plasma selenium, plasma glutathione peroxidase activity, and milk selenium, but not milk glutathione peroxidase activity. J. Nutr. Biochem. 11:341-347.
  • Higdon, J., Morrow, J., Ames, B.N., Liu, J., Du, S.-H., and Wander, R.C. 2000. Supplementation with high EPA/DHA fish oil compared to high oleate or linoleate oils does not increase oxidative stress in postmenopausal women as assessed by malondialdehyde and F2-isoprostanes. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 72:714-722.
  • Higdon, J.V., Du, S.-H., Lee, Y.S., Wu, T., and Wander, R.C. 2001. Supplementation of postmenopausal women with fish oil does not increase ex vivo oxidation of LDL compared to dietary oils rich in oleate and linoleate. J. Lipid Research. 42:407-418.
  • Kaushik, S., Wander, R. Leonard, S., German, B., and Traber, M.G. 2001. Removal of fat from cow’s milk decreases the vitamin E contents of the resulting dairy products. Lipids. 36:73-78.
    • Wu, T., Geigerman, C., Lee, Y.-S., and Wander, R.C. 2002. Enrichment of LDL with eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid decreased oxidized LDL-induced apoptosis in U937 cells. Lipids. 37(8):789-96.
  • Ciubotaru I., Lee Y.S., and Wander R.C. 2003. Dietary fish oil decreases C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, and triacylglycerol to HDL-cholesterol ratio in postmenopausal women on hormone replacement therapy. J Nutritional Biochem. 14:513-21.
  • Toobert D.J., Glasgow R.E., Strycker L.A., Barrera M., Radcliffe J.L., Wander R.C., and Bagdade J.D. 2003. Biologic and quality-of-life outcomes from the Mediterranean Lifestyle Program: a randomized clinical trial. Diabetes Care. 26:2288-93.
  • Manns P.J., Williams D.P., Snow C.M., and Wander R.C. 2003. Physical activity, body fat, and serum C-reactive protein in postmenopausal women with and without hormone replacement. Am. J. Human Biol. 15:91-100.
  • Sindelar, C.A., Lewis, N.M., Scheerger, S.B., Plugge, S.L., Eskridge, K.M., Wander, R. C. 2004. Serum lipids of physically active adults consuming omega-3 fatty acid-enriched eggs or standard eggs. Nutr. Res. 24:731-739. J. Series
  • Hall J.A, Van Saun RJ, Tornquist S.J, Gradin J.L, Pearson E.G, and Wander R.C. 2004. Effect of type of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid supplement (corn oil or fish oil) on immune responses in healthy horses. J. Vet. Intern. Med. Nov-Dec;18(6):880-6.
  • Lee Y.S. and Wander R.C. 2005. Reduced effect on apoptosis of 4-hydroxyhexenal and oxidized LDL enriched with n-3 fatty acids from postmenopausal women. J Nutr. Biochem. Apr 16(4): 213-221.
  • Ciubotaru, I., Potempa, L.A., and Wander, R.C. 2005. Production of modified C-reactive protein in U937-derived macrophages. Experimental Biology and Medicine Nov 230(10): 762-70.
  • Hall, Jean A., Picton, Rebecca A., Skinner, Monica M., Jewell, Dennis E., and Wander, R.C. 2006. Dose of (n-6) and (n-3) fatty acids, independent of fatty acid ratio, affects the plasma fatty acids profile of normal dogs. J Nutr. Sep;136(9);2338-44.

Dr. Wander is currently retired and living in Greensboro, NC.  From July 2009 to June 2011 she served as Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research at American University in Washington, DC.  In this position she developed programs that had oversight of graduate education, research, scholarship, and creativity activities for the campus.  She also developed, updated, and managed the appropriate infrastructure for these programs.

In addition to her administrative appointment, she held tenure in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences.  She was the Associate Provost for Research and Public / Private Sector Partnerships at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 2002 to 2009, Interim Associate Provost from 2001-02, and Chair of the Department of Nutrition from 1999 to 2002.  In this position she created the Office of Research and Public / Private Sector Partnerships at UNCG.  She oversaw the research administration infrastructure, contributed to the development of a campus-wide strategic and operational plan to increase the research enterprise at UNCG, developed a campus-wide economic development program and served as its first point of contact, and served as the director of federal governmental relations office.  She was the Director of UNCG’s Institute for Community and Economic Engagement.  From 1986 to 1999 she was on the faculty in the Department of Nutrition at Oregon State University where she rose through the ranks from assistant to full professor.  She was on the faculty of Mississippi State University from 1984 to 1986.  She was also employed as a chemist by Ross Laboratories, Nestlé, and USDA Agricultural Research Service.

In 2003 at UNCG she served as member of a task force to develop the “New Jobs across North Carolina: A Strategic Plan for Growing the Economy Statewide through Biotechnology.”  She was a member of board of the North Carolina Biotechnology Council (NCBC), the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research, and Gateway University Research Park.  In the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) she was a member of the Executive Team for the Council for Research Policies and Graduate Education; a member of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity; and a member of the Council of Governmental Relations.  She was a member of the University of North Carolina System Economic Transformation Council, the Federal Relations Council, and the Chief Research Officers Council.

She was a member of the NCBC Science Education and Technology Committee and served as chair of NCBC’s Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad for two terms.  She was a member of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Operating Group and the Greensboro Partnership Government Relations Committee.  She was a member of the UNCG Corporate Relations Committee, convening chair of the UNCG Research Advisory Council and Scientific Advisory Board, and ex-officio member of the Research Policy Committee and the Faculty Senate.  In 2005 she was named one of the 50 Most Influential People in the Piedmont Triad by The Business Journal and in 2006 honored as one of 15 Women in Business for Greensboro by The Business Journal.  She is currently a member of the Board for UNCG’s Friends of the Library, a participant in the Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine 2014 Mini-Internship Program, and an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in Guilford County.