Jennifer A. Rusiecki, PhD

Jennifer A. Rusiecki, PhD

Name: Jennifer A. Rusiecki, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Associate Professor

Email: (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-3712
Room: Blng E, Room 2009



Dr. Rusiecki's training is in occupational and environmental epidemiology. Over the last ten years at USU, Dr. Rusiecki's research portfolio has developed to encompass three general areas of focus: (1) occupational and environmental exposures (e.g., pesticides, persistent organic pollutants, solvents, heavy metals) and risk for disease (e.g., various cancers, respiratory diseases); (2) epigenetic mechanisms potentially influenced by occupational/environmental exposures, in the pathway to disease, and (3) disaster responder health. Dr. Rusiecki is the PI of an NIH-funded cohort study to evaluate potential adverse health outcomes among Coast Guard responders to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup.  


  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Environmental Studies (MES)
  • Ph.D. Epidemiology


  • Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
  • Guest lecturer in Principles of Epidemiology, Analytical Instrumentation Methodologies in Environmental Health, and Clinical and Translational Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Environmental influences on epigenetic mechanisms
  • Epigenetic mechanisms in early cancer
  • Epigenetic mechanisms of PTSD and TBI
  • Disaster responder health

Selected Recent Publications

Bergan T, Thomas D, Schwartz E, McKibben J, Rusiecki J. “Sleep deprivation and adverse health effects in United States Coast Guard responders to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.” Sleep Health (In Press)

Rusiecki JA, Thomas DL, Chen L, Funk R, McKibben J, Dayton MR. “Disaster-related exposures and health effects among US Coast Guard responders to Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita: a cross-sectional study” J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Aug;56(8):820-33.

Rusiecki JA, Byrne C, Galdzicki Z, Srikantan V, Chen L, Poulin M, Yan L, Baccarelli A. "PTSD and DNA Methylation in Select Immune Function Gene Promoter Regions: A Repeated Measures Case-Control Study of U.S. Military Service Members." Front Psychiatry. 2013;4:56.

Rusiecki JA, Chen L, Srikantan V, Zhang L, Yan L, Polin ML, Baccarelli A, "DNA methylation in repetitive elements and post-traumatic stress disorder: a case-control study of US military service members." Epigenomics. 2012 Feb;4(1):29-40.

Rusiecki JA, Al-Nabhani M, Tarantini L, Chen L, Baccarelli A, Al-Moundhri MS "Global DNA methylation and promoter region-specific methylation of tumor suppressor genes, CDH1 (E-Cadherin), p16, TP53, and RUNX3 in whole blood associated with gastric cancer risk in an Omani Arab population." Epigenomics. 2011 Aug;3(4):417-29

Beane Freeman LE, Rusiecki JA, Hoppin JA, Lubin JH, Koutros S, Andreotti G, Zahm SH, Hines CJ, Coble JB, Barone-Adesi F, Sloan J, Sandler DP, Blair A, Alavanja MC. Atrazine and Cancer Incidence Among Pesticide Applicators in the Agricultural Health Study (1994-2007). Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Sep;119(9):1253-9; 2011 May 27

Rusiecki JA, Patel R, Koutros S, Beane-Freeman L, Landgren O, Bonner MR, Coble J, Lubin J, Blair A, Hoppin JA, Alavanja MC. Cancer incidence among pesticide applicators exposed to permethrin in the Agricultural Health Study. Environ Health Perspect. 2009 Apr;117(4):581-6.

Rusiecki JA, Baccarelli A, Bollati V, Tarantini L, Moore LE, Bonefeld-Jorgensen EC Global DNA hypomethylation is associated with high serum-persistent organic pollutants in Greenlandic Inuit. Environ Health Perspect. 2008 Nov;116(11):1547-52.

Professional Activities

  • Member, International Society of Environmental Epidemiology
  • Assessment of PMB Faculty Mentoring
  • Chair PMB Faculty Mentoring Committee