Dr. Polagruto

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Post Doctoral Scholar, Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis- July 2004 – 2006

Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition, University of California, Davis- June, 2004

Master of Science in Nutrition, University of Massachusetts, Amherst- September 1999

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst- June, 1990

US Army Military Intelligence Officer and Southwest Asia Veteran-1990-1996
Served in Berlin, Germany and at Fort Meade, MD as a US Army Intelligence Officer (SIGINT and Tactical).


Senior Leadership Award, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990

Distinguished Military Graduate, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990


John Polagruto and Janice Wang-Polagruto, Sad  Cupcake, July 2012, Amazon Kindle     

Keen, C.L., Holt, R.R., Polagruto, J.A., Wang, J.F., and Schmitz, H.H. Cocoa flavanols and cardiovascular health. Phytochemistry Reviews 1: 231-240, 2002.

Schramm, D.D., Karim, M., Schrader, H.R., Holt, R.R., Kirkpatrick, N.J., Polagruto J.A., Ensunsa, J.L., Schmitz, H.H., and Keen, C.L. Food effects on the absorption of pharmacokinetics of cocoa flavanols. Life Sciences 73:857-869, 2003

Polagruto, J., Schramm, D.D., Wang-Polagruto, J., Lee, L., and Keen, C.L. Effects of flavonoid-rich beverages on prostacyclin synthesis in humans and human aortic endothelial cells: association with ex vivo platelet function. J. Medicinal Food 6(4): 301-308, 2003.

Davis, P.A., Polagruto, J.A., Valacchi, G., Phung, A., Soucek, K., Keen, C.L., and Gershwin, M.E. Effect of Apple Extracts on NF-B Activation in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells. (Accepted, Experimental Biology and Medicine, Jan, 06)

Wang-Polagruto, J.F., Villablanca, A.C., Polagruto, J.A., Luke Lee, L., Holt, R.R., Schrader, H.R., Ensunsa, J.L., Steinberg, F.M., Schmitz, H.H., and Keen, C.L. Chronic Consumption of Flavanol-rich Cocoa Improves Endothelial Function and Decreases Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule (VCAM-1) in Hypercholesterolemic Postmenopausal Women. (Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Jan, 06).

Polagruto, J.A., Wang-Polagruto, J.F., Braun, M.M., Lee, L., Schmitz, H.H., and Keen, C.L. Chocolate snack bars containing phytosterols effectively lower total and LDL-cholesterol, without affecting serum Vitamins A or E in hypercholesterolemic men and women. (Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Nov, 06).

Hackman, R.M., Polagruto, J.A., Zhu, Q.Y., Kosuna, K., Sun, B., Fujii, H., and Keen, C.L. Flavanols: Digestion, Absorption and Bioactivity. (Submitted for publication to the Journal of Phytochemistry Reviews, Jan, 06).