Jessica L. Petrick, PhD, MPH
Center Faculty Member
Boston University School of Medicine
Slone Epidemiology Center

PhD, University of North Carolina
MPH, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Jessica Petrick’s research program focuses on the epidemiology of gastrointestinal cancers, including colorectal, liver, and esophageal. Dr. Petrick became a co-Investigator with the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS) in 2019, but she has been collaborating with BWHS since she began her post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2014. BWHS is a member of the NCI Cancer Cohort Consortium and participated in the Liver Cancer Pooling Project, within which Dr. Petrick led numerous studies. The emphasis of her current research portfolio is on nutritional and molecular factors, including the metabolome and microbiome, which may contribute to racial disparities along the cancer continuum—from precursor lesions to invasive cancer through mortality.

Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Hematology & Medical Oncology

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  1. Yiannakou I, Barber LE, Li S, Adams-Campbell LL, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Petrick JL. A Prospective Analysis of Red and Processed Meat Intake in Relation to Colorectal Cancer in the Black Women's Health Study. J Nutr. 2021 Dec 15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34910194
  2. Barber LE, Zirpoli GR, Cozier YC, Rosenberg L, Petrick JL, Bertrand KA, Palmer JR. Neighborhood disadvantage and individual-level life stressors in relation to breast cancer incidence in US Black women. Breast Cancer Res. 2021 11 22; 23(1):108.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34809694; PMCID: PMC8609879; DOI: 10.1186/s13058-021-01483-y;
  3. Argirion I, Pfeiffer RM, Lam TK, O'Brien TR, Yu K, McGlynn KA, Petrick JL, Pinto L, Chen CJ, Lee MH, Hildesheim A, Yang HI, Koshiol J. Association between immunologic markers and cirrhosis in individuals with chronic hepatitis B. Sci Rep. 2021 Nov 15; 11(1):21194. PMID: 34782638; PMCID: PMC8593047; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-00455-8;
  4. Liu X, Yang W, Petrick JL, Liao LM, Wang W, He N, Campbell PT, Zhang ZF, Giovannucci E, McGlynn KA, Zhang X. Higher intake of whole grains and dietary fiber are associated with lower risk of liver cancer and chronic liver disease mortality. Nat Commun. 2021 11 04; 12(1):6388. PMID: 34737258; PMCID: PMC8568891; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-26448-9;
  5. Petrick JL, Wilkinson JE, Michaud DS, Cai Q, Gerlovin H, Signorello LB, Wolpin BM, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Long J, Yang Y, Johnson WE, Shu XO, Huttenhower C, Palmer JR. The oral microbiome in relation to pancreatic cancer risk in African Americans. Br J Cancer. 2021 Oct 30.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34718358
  6. Barber LE, Bertrand KA, Petrick JL, Gerlovin H, White LF, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L, Roy HK, Palmer JR. Predicted Vitamin D Status and Colorectal Cancer Incidence in the Black Women's Health Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Dec; 30(12):2334-2341.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34620630; PMCID: PMC8643345; DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-21-0675;
  7. Petrick JL, Barber LE, Warren Andersen S, Florio AA, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Racial Disparities and Sex Differences in Early- and Late-Onset Colorectal Cancer Incidence, 2001-2018. Front Oncol. 2021; 11:734998.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34568072; PMCID: PMC8459723; DOI: 10.3389/fonc.2021.734998;
  8. Koshiol J, Argirion I, Liu Z, Kim Lam T, O'Brien TR, Yu K, McGlynn KA, Petrick JL, Pinto L, Chen CJ, Hildesheim A, Pfeiffer RM, Lee MH, Yang HI. Immunologic markers and risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in hepatitis B virus- and hepatitis C virus-infected individuals. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2021 09; 54(6):833-842. PMID: 34286851
  9. Petrick JL, Pfeiffer RM, Liao LM, Abnet CC, Wu X, Gammon MD, Vaughan TL, Cook MB. Circulating MicroRNAs in Relation to Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Diagnosis and Survival. Dig Dis Sci. 2021 11; 66(11):3831-3841. PMID: 33403483; PMCID: PMC8257775; DOI: 10.1007/s10620-020-06740-2;
  10. McGlynn KA, Petrick JL, El-Serag HB. Epidemiology of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Hepatology. 2021 01; 73 Suppl 1:4-13. PMID: 32319693; PMCID: PMC7577946; DOI: 10.1002/hep.31288;
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Colorectal Cancer
Liver Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Nutrition Status

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