Jessica L. Fetterman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Vascular Biology

PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
BA, Ohio Wesleyan University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jessica L. Fetterman, PhD, FAHA is a basic and translational scientist studying the intersections of mitochondrial physiology, mitochondrial genetic epidemiology, and cardiovascular disease. Her work focuses on the contribution of mitochondrial genetic variation and abnormalities to cardiovascular disease in the presence of risk factors, including tobacco product use and diabetes.

Using bioinformatics methods, Dr. Fetterman discovered that several select mitochondrial genetic variants are associated with non-invasive measures of vascular function within the Framingham Heart Study (FHS). Additionally, she has applied similar methodology to select mitochondrial single variant data within Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) to determine the associations of select mitochondrial genetic variants with cardiometabolic measures in collaboration with members of the mitochondrial genetics working group. Recently, Dr. Fetterman was awarded the competitive Trans-Omics Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Analytical Support Award for early career investigators to perform comprehensive bioinformatic annotation of the mitochondrial genetic variants within the TOPMed cohorts.

Dr. Fetterman also conducts research on the impact of new and emerging tobacco products on the vasculature, particularly studies designed to inform tobacco product regulation. Some of her recent work demonstrated that tobacco product flavoring additives induce vascular endothelial dysfunction, an early indicator of cardiovascular injury. She serves as an Associate Director of Education and Training within American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center. Additionally, she is the Director for the Boston University Tobacco Regulatory Science Affinity Research Collaborative, which is designed to bring together multi-disciplinary teams of scientists within Boston University to increase our understanding of tobacco product use patterns and the impact of new and emerging tobacco products on human health and disease.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Within our lab, we strive to create a respectful and inclusive environment where all voices are encouraged, regardless of rank, seniority, position, or background. We each bring different experiences and perspectives that allow us to grow and develop new areas of research together. Creativity thrives in an open, positive environment where everyone’s viewpoint and input is valued and all member contributions are welcome and appreciated. We expect members of our lab to contribute to the growth and advancement of the entire group by providing timely, behaviorally-based, constructive feedback to team members and by sharing resources, protocols, and credit. Members of our team are expected to lift each other up as they rise, not tear each other down.

We approach our science with a diversity, equity, inclusive, and accessibility focus. We include both sexes and individuals across different ancestries and races in our research studies.

I am deeply committed to the mentorship and advancement of individuals from under-represented groups in science and medicine. I have mentored 25 undergraduates, PhD candidates, medical students, residents, and fellows, of whom, 22 are from groups under-represented in science. As an emerging leader, I believe it is the responsibility of each of us to mentor and advocate for change to create a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible field.

Framingham Heart Study

Boston University
Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Mitochondrial Genetic Variation Across Human Tissues
09/01/2023 - 05/31/2025 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Relations of Mitochondrial Genetic Variation and Function with Atrial Fibrillation
04/01/2019 - 03/31/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Strategies to Understand Pathobiology, Predictors & Pharmacotherapy to Reduce Adverse CV Outcomes in T2DM (SUPER-CVDM)
01/01/2020 - 12/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. American Heart Assoc

E-cigarette-Induced Endothelial Dysfunction in Human Participants
01/01/2017 - 12/31/2018 (PI)
American Heart Association

AHA Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center: Vascular Core Laboratory
07/01/2016 - 08/31/2018 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
American Heart Association NIH NHLBI

TOPMed Informatics Resource Center - Data and Working Group Support
04/01/2017 - 04/30/2018 (Subcontract PI)
University of Michigan NIH NHLBI

American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRACT) - Project 2: Cardiovascular Injury due to Tobacco Use
09/19/2013 - 06/30/2017 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
American Heart Association NIH NHLBI


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  1. Wu J, Benjamin EJ, Ross JC, Fetterman JL, Hong T. Health Messaging Strategies for Vaping Prevention and Cessation Among Youth and Young Adults: A Systematic Review. Health Commun. 2024 May 14; 1-19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38742648
  2. Smith KK, Moreira JD, Wilson CR, Padera JO, Lamason AN, Xue L, Gopal DM, Flynn DB, Fetterman JL. A systematic review on the biochemical threshold of mitochondrial genetic variants. Genome Res. 2024 Apr 25; 34(3):341-365.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38627095; PMCID: PMC11067886; DOI: 10.1101/gr.278200.123;
  3. Ranker LR, Wu J, Hong T, Wijaya D, Benjamin EJ, Bhatnagar A, Robertson RM, Fetterman JL, Xuan Z. Social media use, brand engagement, and tobacco product initiation among youth: Evidence from a prospective cohort study. Addict Behav. 2024 Jul; 154:108000.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38461745; PMCID: PMC11135121; DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2024.108000;
  4. Vargees C, Stroup AM, Niznik T, Dunn D, Wyatt R, Hoetger C, Taleb ZB, Cohn AM, Cobb CO, Fetterman JL. Patterns of use, perceptions, and cardiopulmonary health risks of cigar products: a systematic review. BMC Public Health. 2023 Nov 28; 23(1):2357. PMID: 38017396; PMCID: PMC10685631; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-023-17216-z;
  5. Moreira JD, Smith KK, Zilber S, Woleben K, Fetterman JL. Teamwork makes the dream work: functional collaborations between families, scientists, and healthcare providers to drive progress in the treatment of Leigh Syndrome. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2023 Nov 16; 18(1):355.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37974220; PMCID: PMC10652456; DOI: 10.1186/s13023-023-02871-7;
  6. Rose JJ, Krishnan-Sarin S, Exil VJ, Hamburg NM, Fetterman JL, Ichinose F, Perez-Pinzon MA, Rezk-Hanna M, Williamson E. Cardiopulmonary Impact of Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping Products: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2023 Aug 22; 148(8):703-728.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37458106
  7. Brant LCC, Ribeiro AH, Pinto-Filho MM, Kornej J, Preis SR, Fetterman JL, Eromosele OB, Magnani JW, Murabito JM, Larson MG, Benjamin EJ, Ribeiro ALP, Lin H. Association Between Electrocardiographic Age and Cardiovascular Events in Community Settings: The Framingham Heart Study. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2023 Jul; 16(7):e009821.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37381910; PMCID: PMC10524985; DOI: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.122.009821;
  8. Li Y, Gray A, Xue L, Farb MG, Ayalon N, Andersson C, Ko D, Benjamin EJ, Levy D, Vasan RS, Larson MG, Rong J, Xanthakis V, Liu C, Fetterman JL, Gopal DM. Metabolomic Profiles, Ideal Cardiovascular Health, and Risk of Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation: Insights From the Framingham Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2023 Jun 20; 12(12):e028022.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37301766; PMCID: PMC10356055; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.122.028022;
  9. Booras A, Wiener RS, Maccarone J, Stokes AC, Fetterman JL, Hamburg NM, Singh J, Bulekova K, Kathuria H. A Longitudinal Study of Perceptions of the Massachusetts Menthol Ban and Its Impact on Smoking Behaviors among Marginalized Individuals. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 May 11; 20(10).View Related Profiles. PMID: 37239518; PMCID: PMC10218059; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph20105790;
  10. Xue L, Moreira JD, Smith KK, Fetterman JL. The Mighty NUMT: Mitochondrial DNA Flexing Its Code in the Nuclear Genome. Biomolecules. 2023 Apr 27; 13(5).View Related Profiles. PMID: 37238623; PMCID: PMC10216076; DOI: 10.3390/biom13050753;
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Recent (within 3 months)

New research suggests that exposure to social media can raise the risk of smoking tobacco

The Jerusalem Post 4/28/2024

Daily social media use makes teens more likely to start smoking 4/24/2024


Survey data indicating teen e-cig use is down may be flawed due to a loophole in flavor ban

Legal Reader 9/23/2020

Vaping Has Same Heart Disease Risk as Smoking

The Star Online 5/9/2020

E-cigarette Use Causes as Much Vascular Damage as Smoking cigarettes

Cardiovascular Business 4/30/2020

New Study Suggests Vaping Can Damage Our Heart The Same Way Smoking Does

Medical Daily 4/30/2020

Study: E-Cigarettes as Bad for Arteries as Regular Cigarettes

Newsmax 4/30/2020

Like Tobacco, Long-term E-Cigarettes Harm Vascular Function

TctMD 4/30/2020

E-Cigarette, Traditional Cigarette Use Result in Similar Vascular Damage

MD Magazine 4/30/2020

Vaping may damage the heart just as smoking does

Science News 4/29/2020

Vaping is just as bad as smoking cigarettes for increasing the risk of heart disease ‘because it stiffens blood vessels in the same way’

Daily Mail 4/29/2020

New Study Finds E-cigarette May Cause Similar Damage to the Arteries as Tobacco Cigarettes

Yahoo News 4/29/2020

Vaping is just as bad as smoking cigarettes for increasing the risk of heart disease 'because it stiffens blood vessels in the same way’

The Daily Mail 4/29/2020

E-cigarettes fail to improve vascular profile vs. combustible cigarettes

Healio 4/29/2020

E-Cigarettes as Bad for Arteries as Regular Smokes, Study Finds

Health Day 4/29/2020

Study: E-cigarettes damage vascular function much like traditional cigarettes

News Medical: 4/29/2020

E-cig flavorings may damage lining of blood vessels

Community Health 2/15/2019

‘Fine, I’ll just vape without the nicotine.’ Not so fast! E-cig flavorings may cause damage all by themselves

Dentistry IQ 1/24/2019

E-Cigarettes Aren't Any Safer Than Regular Cigarettes, Especially With Kids Around

Moms 11/29/2018

E-cigarette flavorings may damage blood vessels and heart

WHBL 7/11/2018

E-Cigarette Flavorings May Harm Blood Vessels

MedPage Today 6/14/2018

2023 American Heart Association: Fellow of the American Heart Association
2020 Boston University School of Medicine: Outstanding Research Collaborator
2019 Boston University : Junior Faculty Mentoring Award
2010 University of Alabama at Birmingham: Center for Free Radical Biology Travel Award
2010 University of Alabama at Birmingham: Ireland Research Travel Award
2009 University of Alabama at Birmingham: Center for Free Radical Biology Travel Award
2009 University of Alabama in Birmingham: 2nd Place at the Vascular Biology and Hypertension Symposium
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Mitochondrial DNA
Tobacco Smoking
Tobacco Regulatory Science
Vascular Endothelium

Dr. Fetterman is willing to mentor fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates interested in either mitochondrial genetics and physiology.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
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Contact for Mentoring:
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75 E. Newton St Evans Building
Boston MA 02118
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