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Junjia Zhu, MS, PhD

Junjia Zhu, MS, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Penn State Center for Research on Tobacco and Health
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Neoplasms
  • Therapeutics
  • Tobacco Products
  • Smokers
  • Nicotine
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Survival
  • Mothers
  • Population
  • Randomized Controlled Trials

Recent Publications


Graziane, JA, Dalke, K, Swigart, A, Pradhan, S, Zhu, J, Laux, T, Mikoluk, C, Miller, CJ, Luther, J & Kunkel, EJS 2024, 'Empowering Psychiatric Inpatients to Vote: Perceptions of Voting and the Barriers Encountered', Community Mental Health Journal, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 885-897.
Helm, M, Golub, S, Long, C, Zhu, J, Kirby, JS & Hollins, LC 2024, 'Pain management in hidradenitis suppurativa: a retrospective analysis of cross-sectional data from Black and White patients demonstrates racial disparity', International Journal of Dermatology, vol. 63, no. 4, pp. e84-e85.


Manni, A, Sun, YW, Schell, TD, Lutsiv, T, Thompson, H, Chen, KM, Aliaga, C, Zhu, J & El-Bayoumy, K 2023, 'Complementarity between Microbiome and Immunity May Account for the Potentiating Effect of Quercetin on the Antitumor Action of Cyclophosphamide in a Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Model', Pharmaceuticals, vol. 16, no. 10, 1422.
Keane, A, Jardine, K, Goldenberg, D, Pradhan, S, Zhu, J, Mansour, J, Knoller, H, Eshel, R, Talmi, YP, Vaida, S & Slonimsky, G 2023, 'Opioid versus non-opioid postoperative pain management in otolaryngology', BMC Anesthesiology, vol. 23, no. 1, 291.
Hawkins, S, Nighot, M, Dalessio, S, Zhu, J, Morris, N & Clarke, K 2024, 'Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and Iron Deficiency Anemia in Celiac Patients', Digestive Diseases, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 25-30.
Sinha, I, Zhu, J & Sinha, R 2023, 'Selective Impact of Selenium Compounds on Two Cytokine Storm Players', Journal of Personalized Medicine, vol. 13, no. 10, 1455.


Hughes, A, Im, K, Zhu, J & Saunders, B 2022, 'A descriptive analysis of general surgery residency program directors in the United States', American Journal of Surgery, vol. 224, no. 5, pp. 1247-1251.
Patel, SD, Daher, GS, Engle, L, Zhu, J & Slonimsky, G 2022, 'Adult tonsillectomy: An evaluation of indications and complications', American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, vol. 43, no. 3, 103403.
Lin, W, Zhu, J, Hayes, JE, Richie, JP & Muscat, JE 2022, 'Comparison of Carcinogen Biomarkers in Smokers of Menthol and Nonmenthol Cigarettes: The 2015–2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Special Sample', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 31, no. 8, pp. 1539-1545.
Lin, W, Hobkirk, AL, Zhu, J, Krebs, NM, Hayes, JE, Richie, JP, Liao, J, Horn, K, Foulds, J & Muscat, JE 2022, 'Effect of menthol on nicotine reduction: Pooled results from two double-blind randomized controlled trials', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 189, pp. 131-138.
Yingst, JM, Lester, C, Livelsberger, C, Allen, SI, Hammett, E, Veldheer, S, Hummer, B, Bordner, C, Zhu, J, Sciamanna, CN, Trushin, N, Tan, HS, Wilson, SJ, Twining, RC, Foulds, J & Grigson, PS 2022, 'Pilot randomized controlled trial evaluating the effect of random nicotine delivery on cigarettes per day and smoke exposure', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 188, pp. 30-37.
Graziane, J, Dalke, KB, Mikoluk, C, Laux, T, Pradhan, S, Zhu, J, Zug, D, Noel, J, Bowen, JL & Kunkel, EJS 2023, 'Promoting Health Equity Through Voter Support Activities for the Inpatient Psychiatric Population', Community Mental Health Journal, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 498-506.
Foulds, J, Veldheer, S, Pachas, G, Hrabovsky, S, Hameed, A, Allen, SI, Cather, C, Azzouz, N, Yingst, J, Hammett, E, Modesto, J, Krebs, NM, Lester, C, Trushin, N, Reinhart, L, Wasserman, E, Zhu, J, Liao, J, Muscat, JE, Richie, JP & Evins, AE 2022, 'The effects of reduced nicotine content cigarettes on biomarkers of nicotine and toxicant exposure, smoking behavior and psychiatric symptoms in smokers with mood or anxiety disorders: A double-blind randomized trial', PloS one, vol. 17, no. 11 November, e0275522.


Schmidt, AL, Tucker, MD, Bakouny, Z, Labaki, C, Hsu, CY, Shyr, Y, Armstrong, AJ, Beer, TM, Bijjula, RR, Bilen, MA, Connell, CF, Dawsey, SJ, Faller, B, Gao, X, Gartrell, BA, Gill, D, Gulati, S, Halabi, S, Hwang, C, Joshi, M, Khaki, AR, Menon, H, Morris, MJ, Puc, M, Russell, KB, Shah, NJ, Sharifi, N, Shaya, J, Schweizer, MT, Steinharter, J, Wulff-Burchfield, EM, Xu, W, Zhu, J, Mishra, S, Grivas, P, Rini, BI, Warner, JL, Zhang, T, Choueiri, TK, Gupta, S & McKay, RR 2021, 'Association between Androgen Deprivation Therapy and Mortality among Patients with Prostate Cancer and COVID-19', JAMA network open, vol. 4, no. 11, e2134330.
Lee, SY, Slagle-Webb, B, Schengrund, CL, Zhu, J & Connor, JR 2021, 'Association between iron and cholesterol in neuroblastomas', Anticancer Research, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 2795-2804.
Joshi, M, Holder, SL, Zhu, J, Zheng, H, Komanduri, S, Warrick, J, Yasin, H, Gajre, R, Jia, B, Drabick, JJ, DeGraff, DJ & Zakharia, Y 2022, 'Avelumab in Combination with Eribulin Mesylate in Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma: BTCRC GU-051, a Phase 1b Study', European Urology Focus, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 483-490.
Nesterova, D, Zhu, J, Kramer, C, Vasekar, M, Truica, C, Joshi, A, Hayes, M, Kessler, J, Saunders, EFH, Drabick, JJ & Joshi, M 2022, 'Group-led creative writing and behavioural health in cancer: A randomised clinical trial', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 91-98.
Mikhail, D, Zhu, J, Pradhan, S & Freiberg, AS 2022, 'Rate of Rise of Platelet Count after IVIG for Pediatric Immune Thrombocytopenia', Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. E672-E676.
Pool, C, Slonimsky, E, Nayak, R, Engle, L, Zhu, J & Wilson, MN 2022, 'Skull Base Anatomy in Patients with Bilateral Choanal Atresia: A Radiographic Study', Journal of Neurological Surgery, Part B: Skull Base, vol. 83, no. 3, pp. 223-227.
Pool, C, Weaver, T, Zhu, J, Goldenberg, D & Goyal, N 2021, 'Surgical Margin Determination in the Era of HPV-Positive Oropharyngeal Cancer', Laryngoscope, vol. 131, no. 10, pp. E2650-E2654.
Krebs, NM, Zhu, J, Wasserman, E, Kuprewicz, R, Martinez, DJ, Veldheer, S, Livelsberger, C, Modesto, J, Reinhart, L, Trushin, N, Reilly, SM, Liao, J, Fazzi, A, Bascom, R, Richie, JP, Foulds, J, Horn, K & Muscat, JE 2021, 'Switching to Progressively Reduced Nicotine Content Cigarettes in Smokers with Low Socioeconomic Status: A Double-Blind Randomized Clinical Trial', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 992-1001.
Moroco, AE, Saadi, RA, Baker, AR, Zhu, J & Isildak, H 2021, 'Usage Patterns of CT and MRI in the Evaluation of Otologic Disease', Otology and Neurotology, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. E698-E708.


Zheng, H, Mineishi, S, Claxton, D, Zhu, J, Zhao, C, Jia, B, Ehmann, WC, Rybka, WB, Naik, S, Songdej, N, Drabick, JJ & Hohl, RJ 2021, 'A phase I clinical trial of avelumab in combination with decitabine as first line treatment of unfit patients with acute myeloid leukemia', American Journal of Hematology, vol. 96, no. 2, pp. E46-E50.
Soriano, CT, McGarrity, TJ, Zhu, J, Loloi, J, Peiffer, LP & Cooper, J 2021, 'An Electronic Questionnaire to Survey Colorectal Cancer Screening Status and Identify High-Risk Cohorts in Large Health Care Organizations', American Journal of Medical Quality, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 163-170.
Chen, KM, Sun, YW, Kawasawa, YI, Salzberg, AC, Zhu, J, Gowda, K, Aliaga, C, Amin, S, Atkins, H & El-Bayoumy, K 2020, 'Black raspberry inhibits oral tumors in mice treated with the tobacco smoke constituent dibenzo(def,p)chrysene via genetic and epigenetic alterations', Cancer Prevention Research, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 357-365.
Lin, W, Krebs, NM, Zhu, J, Foulds, J, Horn, K & Muscat, JE 2020, 'Comparison between gradual reduced nicotine content and usual nicotine content groups on subjective cigarette ratings in a randomized double-blind trial', International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 17, no. 19, 7047, pp. 1-9.
Pool, C, Ehret, C, Engle, L, Zhu, J & Wilson, MN 2020, 'Feasibility of same day surgery for pediatric second branchial cleft anomalies', International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, vol. 139, 110402.
Liu, J, Xu, C, Zhu, J, Sivik, J, Drabick, JJ & Mackley, HB 2020, 'Identifying the optimal fractionation schedules for improved response rates and survival in patients with metastatic melanoma treated with ipilimumab and radiotherapy', Current Cancer Therapy Reviews, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 78-85.
Zaki, P, Zhu, J, Mackley, HB & Rosenberg, JC 2020, 'Pregnancy screening practices and treatment of pregnant patients among radiation oncologists: Results of an international survey', ecancermedicalscience, vol. 15, 1169.