A full list of publications can be found on
Justin's Google Scholar page


Bakulski KM, Dou J, Lin N, London S, Colacino JA. DNA methylation signature of smoking in lung cancer is enriched for exposure signatures in newborn and adult blood. BioRxiv. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/356485

Purrington K, Holowatyj AN, Cote ML, Schwartz AG, Chaudry R, Ali-Fehmi R, Dyson G, Colacino JA, Boerner J, Bandyopadhyay S. Novel immune cell subtypes linked to survival among African American women with triple-negative breast cancer. BioRxiv. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/325951


Schwartz AJ, Das NK, Ramakrishnan SK, Jain C, Jurkovic M, Wu J, Nemeth E, Lakhal-Littleton S, Colacino JA, Shah YM. Hepatic hepcidin/intestinal HIF-2α axis maintains iron absorption during iron deficiency and overload. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2018. doi: 10.1172/JCI122359

Munoz MGI, Colacino JA, Lewis RC, Arthur AE Meeker JD, Ferguson KK. Associations between school lunch consumption and urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations in US children and adolescents: Results from NHANES 2003-2014. Environment International. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.09.009

Triner D, Castillo C, Hakim J, Xue X, Greenson JK, Nunez G, Chen GY, Colacino JA, Shah YM. Myc-Associated zinc finger protein regulates the pro-inflammatory response in colitis and colon cancer by regulating STAT3 signaling. Molecular and Cellular Biology. 2018. doi: 10.1128/MCB.00386-18.

Rocco SA, Koneva, L, Middleton LYM, Thong T, Solanki S, Karram S, Nambunmee, K, Harris C, Rozek LS, Sartor MA, Shah YM, Colacino JA. Cadmium exposure inhibits branching morphogenesis and causes alterations consistent with HIF-1α inhibition in human primary breast organoids. Toxicological Sciences. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1093/toxsci/kfy112

Tsai YH, Czerwinski M, Wu A, Dame MK, Attili D, Hill E, Colacino JA, Nowacki LM, Shroyer NF, Higgins PDR, Kao JY, Spence JR. A method for establishing organoid cultures from cryogenically-preserved human biopsy tissue. Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcmgh.2018.04.008

McClintock S, Colacino JA, Attili D, Dame M, Richter A, Reddy A, Basrur V, Turgeon DK, Varani J, Aslam M. Calcium-induced differentiation of human colon adenomas in enteroid culture: Calcium versus calcium in conjunction with additional trace elements. Cancer Prevention Research. 2018. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-17-0308

Colacino JA†, Azizi E, Brooks MD, Fouladdel S, McDermott S, Lee M, Hill D, Sartor MA, Rozek LS, Wicha MS†. Heterogeneity of normal human breast stem and progenitor cells as revealed by transcriptional profiling. Stem Cell Reports. 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stemcr.2018.03.001

Dame MK*, Attili D*, McClintock S, Dedhia PH, Ouilette P, Hardt O, Chin AM, Xue X, Laliberte J, Katz EL, Newsome GM, Hill D, Miller A, Agorku D, Tsai YH, Agorku D, Altheim CH, Bosio A, Simon B, Samuelson LC, Stoerker JA, Appelman H, Varani J, Wicha MS, Brenner DE, Shah YM, Spence J, Colacino JA†. Identification, isolation, and characterization of human LGR5-positive colon adenoma cells. Development. 2018 : dev.153049

Wang T, Pehrsson EC, Purushotham D, Li D, Zhang B, Lawson HA, Province MA, Krapp C, Lan Y, Coarfa C, Katz TA, Tang WY, Wang Z, Biswal S, Rajapoalan S, Colacino JA, Sartor MA, Neier K, Dolinoy D, Pinto J, Hamanaka R, Mutlu G, Patisaul HB, Aylor DL, Crawford GE, Chadwick LH, Duncan CG, Garton AE, McAllister KA, The TaRGET II Consortium, Barolomei MS, Walker CL, Tyson FL. The NIEHS TaRGET II Consortium and Environmental Epigenomics. Nature Biotechnology 36, 225–227 doi:10.1038/nbt.4099


Wu Y, Baylin A, Colacino JA†. Iron, Oxidative Stress, and Δ9 Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase Index (C16:1/C16:0): An Analysis Applying the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-04. Current Developments in Nutrition. doi: https://doi.org/10.3945/cdn.117.001222

Louie KW, Saera-Vila A, Kish PE, Colacino JA, Kahana A. Temporally Distinct Transcriptional Regulation of Myocyte Dedifferentiation and Myofiber Growth During Muscle Regeneration. BMC Genomics. Nov 9;18(1):854. doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-4236-y 

Demanelis K, Virani S, Colacino JA, Ruangyuttikarn W, Nishijo M, Swaddiwudhipong W, Nambunmee K, Basu N, Rozek LS. Cadmium exposure and age-associated DNA methylation changes in non-smoking women from northern Thailand. Environmental Epigenetics.  Volume 3, Issue 2, 1 January 2017, dvx006. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/eep/dvx006

Zheng G, Fon GV, Meixner W, Creekmore A, Zong Y, Dame M, Colacino JA, Dedhia PH, Hong S, Wiley JW. Chronic stress and intestinal barrier dysfunction: Glucocorticoid receptor and transcription repressor HES1 regulate tight junction protein Cludin-1 promoter. Scientific Reports. 7, Article number: 4502. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-04755-w


Colacino, J. A., Mcdermott, S. P., Sartor, M. A., Wicha, M. S., & Rozek, L. S. Transcriptomic profiling of curcumin-treated human breast stem cells identifies a role for stearoyl-coa desaturase in breast cancer prevention. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 158(1), 29-41:10.1007/s10549-016-3854-4

Liu Y, Burness ML, Martin-Trevino R, Guy J, Bai S, Harouaka R, Brooks MD, Shang L, Fox A, Luther TK, Davis A, Baker TL, Colacino JA, Clouthier SG, Shao Z, Wicha MS, Liu S. RAD51 mediates resistance of cancer stem cells to PARP inhibition in triple-negative breast cancer. Clinical Cancer Research. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-15-1348.

Triner D, Xue X, Schwartz AJ, Jung I, Colacino JA, Shah YM. HIF-2a Facilitates the Progression of Colon Tumors through Recruiting CXCL1-Dependent Neutrophils. Molecular and Cellular Biology. Mar 1; 37(5): e00481-16. doi: 10.1128/MCB.00481-16

Zick SM, Colacino JA, Cornellier M, Khabir T, Ren J, Surnow K, Djuric Z. Fatigue reduction diet in breast cancer survivors: A pilot randomized clinical trial. Breast Cancer Research and TreatmentVolume 161, Issue 2, pp 299–310. 

Ferguson KK, Colacino JA, Lewis RC, Meeker JD. Personal care product use among adults in NHANES: associations between urinary phthalate metabolites and phenols and use of mouthwash and sunscreen. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. doi: 10.1038/jes.2016.27.

Colacino JA†. 3D human tissue culture: modeling environmental effects on the stem cell epigenome. Epigenomics. 8:(11):1453-1457. https://doi.org/10.2217/epi-2016-0107

Selected Papers
2015 and Before

Darr OA*, Colacino JA*, Tang AL, McHugh JB, Bellile EL, Bradford CR, Prince MP, Chepeha DB, Rozek LS, Moyer JS. Epigenetic alterations in metastatic cutaneous carcinoma. Head and Neck. doi: 10.1002/hed.23701 (2015)

Colacino JA, Arthur AE, Ferguson KK, Rozek LS. 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. doi:  10.1016/j.envres.2014.02.003 (2014)

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. Comprehensive analysis of methylation in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma indicates differences by survival and clinicopathologic characteristics. PLoS ONE; 8(1): e54742. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054742 (2013)

Schecter A, Lorber M, Guo Y, Wu Q, Yun SH, Kannan K, Miller J, Hommel M, Imran N, Hynan LS, Cheng D, Colacino JA, Birnbaum LS. Phthalate levels and dietary exposure from Albany, New York, U.S. Food. Environmental Health Perspectives; doi: 10.1289/ehp.1206367 (2013)

Colacino JA*, Arthur AE*, Duffy S, Dolinoy DC, Terrell J, Sartor M, Chepeha D, McHugh J, Wolf G, Carey T, Peterson K, Rozek LS. Pretreatment dietary intake is associated with tumor suppressor DNA methylation in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Epigenetics; 7(8):883-91 (2012)

Colacino JA, Soliman A, Calafat A, Nahar MS, Van Zomeren-Dohm A, Seifeldin I, Hablas A, Rozek LS, Dolinoy DC. Exposure to phthalates among premenstrual girls from rural and urban, Gharbiah, Egypt: An exposure assessment pilot study. Environmental Health; 10:40. https://doi.org/10.1186/1476-069X-10-40 (2011)

Colacino JA†, Harris TR, Schecter A. Dietary intake is associated with phthalate body burden in a nationally representative sample. Environmental Health Perspectives; doi:10.1289/ehp.0901712 (2010)

Schecter A, Colacino JA, Haffner D, Opel M, Päpke O, Birnbaum LS. Perfluorinated compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, and organochlorine pesticide contamination in composite food samples from the United States. Environmental Health Perspectives; doi:10.1289/ehp.0901347 (2010)

Schecter A, Haffner D, Colacino JA, Patel K, Opel M, Päpke O, Birnbaum LS. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and hexabromocyclodecane (HBCD) in U.S. food. Environmental Health Perspectives; 118(3): doi:10.1289/ehp.0901345 (2010)