Jessica Petrick, PhD, MPH

Center Faculty Member, Slone Epidemiology Center

Jessica Petrick


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.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Hematology & Medical Oncology, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


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


  • Published on 12/15/2021

    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. PMID: 34910194.

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  • Published on 11/22/2021

    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. PMID: 34809694.

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  • Published on 11/15/2021

    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.

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  • Published on 11/4/2021

    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.

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  • Published on 10/30/2021

    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. PMID: 34718358.

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  • Published on 10/7/2021

    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. PMID: 34620630.

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  • Published on 9/9/2021

    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. PMID: 34568072.

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  • Published on 7/19/2021

    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.

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  • Published on 1/6/2021

    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.

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  • Published on 11/24/2020

    McGlynn KA, Petrick JL, El-Serag HB. Epidemiology of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Hepatology. 2021 01; 73 Suppl 1:4-13. PMID: 32319693.

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