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Jennifer Graef-Downard , PhD, RDN/LD

Assistant Professor

(405) 271-8001 Ext. 41182


PhD, Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 2016
MA, Dietetics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2010
MS, Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 2009
BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 2007

Societies and Organizations:

  • Member, Alpha Eta Honor Society
  • American Society of Nutrition
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


NS 5253 Experimental Foods
NS 7412 Food Preparation Practicum
NS 5233 Research Methods
NS 5970 Seminar
NS 6613 Sports Nutrition
HES 2823 Introduction to Nutrition

Clinical/Research Interests:

The role of functional foods in preventing and/or alleviating inflammation-associated chronic disease, with special interest in diseases exacerbated by estrogen deficiency, including osteoporosis

Dietary alterations of gut-associated immunity

Sport nutrition and performance


Dr. Graef's Video

Select Publications:

  • Graef, JL, P Ouyang, Y Wang, E Rendina-Ruedy, MR Lerner, D Marlow, EA Lucas, BJ Smith. Dried Plum Polyphenolic Extract Combined with Vitamin K and Potassium Restores Trabecular and Cortical Bone in Osteopenic Model of Postmenopausal Bone Loss. J Funct Foods, 42 (2018) 262-270.

  • Graef, JL, E Rendina-Ruedy, EK Crockett, P Ouyang, JB King, RH Cichewicz, EA Lucas, BJ Smith. Select polyphenolic fractions from dried plum enhance osteoblast activity through BMP-2 signaling. J Nutr Biochem (2017).

  • Graef, JL, E Rendina-Ruedy, EK Crockett, P Ouyang, L Wu, JB King, RH Cichewicz, D Lin, EA Lucas, BJ Smith. Osteoclast Differentiation is Downregulated by Select Polyphenolic Fractions from Dried Plum via Suppression of MAPKs and Nfatc1 in Mouse C57BL/6 Primary Bone Marrow Cells. Current Dev in Nutr, 2017, 1(10).

  • Rendina-Ruedy E, JL Graef, MR Davis, KD Hembree, JM Gimble, SL Clarke, EA Lucas, BJ Smith. Strain differences in the attenuation of bone accrual in a young growing mouse model of insulin resistance. J Bone Miner Metab, 2015, 1-15.

  • Shen CL, PJ Syapin , JL Graef, BJ Smith, G Brackee , AK Fowler, I Segura-Ulate, JS Wang, SE Bergeson. Alcohol-induced Bone Loss and Quality during Adolescence is Improved by Green Tea Polyphenols. J Clinical Toxicol, 2014, 4:1.

  • Smith BJ, JL Graef, TJ Wronski, E Rendina, AA Williams, KA Clark, SL Clarke, EA Lucas, BP Halloran.  Effects of Dried Plum Supplementation on Bone Metabolism in Adult C57BL/6 Male Mice. Calcified Tissue Int, 2014. 94:442-453.