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Jamie J. Bernard

Jamie J. Bernard

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Life Science 
1355 Bogue St Room B420 
East Lansing MI 48824 US

Research Interests:
Our laboratory studies toxicological effects in everyday life that act as triggers in the formation of cancer.  We have discovered that intra-abdominal (visceral) fat can promote carcinogenesis in in vitro models and animal models of high-fat diet-induced obesity.  We aim to identify specific mechanisms of obesity-promoted cancer with a focus on visceral fat inflammation.  Additionally, we have interests in screening to identify new compounds that target our pathways for chemoprevention and identifying modifiable risk factors as a biomarkers of adiposity-associated cancer that are amenable to prevention and early intervention measures.

Educational Background:
University of Rochester, B.S., 2004, Neuroscience
University of Rochester, Ph.D., 2009, Toxicology 
University of California, San Diego, Post Doc, 2009-2011, Dermatology
Rutgers University, Post Doc, 2011-2015, Chemical Biology 

Selected Professional Activities:
Society of Toxicology, 2007 – Present
ASPET, 2015-Present
American Association for Cancer Research, 2015-Present
Society for Investigative Dermatology 2015-Present


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Laboratory Trainees:

  • Debrup Chakraborty, postdoctoral student
  • Vanessa Benham, Pharmacology & Toxicology graduate student
  • Vladislav Jdanov, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Nate Kauffman, Undergraduate Research Assistant