- Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2014
- M.A., Statistics, University of Michigan, 2014
- M.P.H., , University of Texas School of Public Health at Dallas, 2009
Dr. Justin Colacino is a Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. His research focuses on understanding environmental and dietary factors in carcinogenesis and cancer prevention. Specifically, the goal of his research is to characterize the environmental susceptibility of normal human stem cell populations, elucidating the etiology of sporadic cancers. Of particular interest are understanding the changes that occur at the epigenetic and transcriptional level, changes which affect not only gene expression but also how progenitor cells differentiate and divide. His research group combines wet lab bench work and bioinformatic and statistical analysis of large scale genomic and epidemiologic data sets to translate findings from in vitro models to the population level.
- Colacino JA, Arthur AE, Ferguson KK, Rozek LS (2014). Dietary antioxidant and anti-inflammatory intake modifies the effect of cadmium exposure on markers of systemic inflammation and oxidative stress Environmental Research, 131, 6-12.
- Colacino JA, Dolinoy DC, Duffy S, Sartor MA, Chepeha DB, Bradford CR, McHugh J, Patel D, Walline HM, Bellile E, Terrell JE, Stoerker JA, Taylor JMG, Carey TE, Wolf G, Rozek LS. (2013). Comprehensive analysis of methylation in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma indicates differences by survival and clinicopathologic characteristics PLOS ONE, 8(1), e54742.
- Colacino JA*, Arthur AE*, Duffy S, Dolinoy DC, Terrell J, Sartor M, Chepeha D, McHugh J, Wolf G, Carey T, Peterson K, Rozek LS. (2012). Pretreatment dietary intake is associated with tumor suppressor DNA methylation in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas Epigenetics, 7(8), 883-91.