Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Junjia Zhu, MS, PhD

Junjia Zhu, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Neoplasms
  • Therapeutics
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Mothers
  • Survival
  • Tobacco Products
  • Nicotine
  • Proteins
  • Circulating Neoplastic Cells
  • Population

Clinical Trials

Observational Study to Determine the Differences in Molecular Characterization between Smokers vs. Non-smokers in Patients with Stage IV Bladder Cancer and their Correlation with Clinical Outcome
Tissue and Blood Collection from Patients with Suspected Lung Cancer

Recent Publications


Zhu, J, Hussain, M, Joshi, A, Truica, C, Nesterova, D, Collins, J, Saunders, EFH, Hayes, M, Drabick, J & Joshi, M 2019, 'Effect of creative writing on mood in patients with cancer', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care.
Zhu, J, Nelson, K, Toth, J & Muscat, J 2019, 'Nicotine dependence as an independent risk factor for atherosclerosis in the National Lung Screening Trial', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, no. 1, 103.
Bann, DV, Chaikhoutdinov, I, Zhu, J & Andrews, G 2019, 'Satellite and In-Transit Metastatic Disease in Melanoma Skin Cancer: A Retrospective Review of Disease Presentation, Treatment, and Outcomes', Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.], vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 371-380.


Chen, K-M, Sun, Y-W, Cooper, TK, Benitez, G, Aliaga, C, Zhu, J, Gowda, K, Amin, S & El-Bayoumy, K 2018, 'Comparative Tumorigenicity and DNA Damage Induced by Dibenzo[ def,p]chrysene and Its Metabolites in the Mouse Ovary', Chemical Research in Toxicology, vol. 31, no. 11, pp. 1111-1118.
Chen, A, Krebs, NM, Zhu, J & Muscat, J 2018, 'Nicotine metabolite ratio predicts smoking topography: The Pennsylvania Adult Smoking Study', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, vol. 190, pp. 89-93.


Krebs, NM, Allen, SI, Veldheer, S, Martinez, DJ, Horn, K, Livelsberger, C, Modesto, J, Kuprewicz, R, Wilhelm, A, Hrabovsky, S, Kazi, A, Fazzi, A, Liao, JJ, Zhu, J, Wasserman, E, Reilly, SM, Reinhart, L, Trushin, N, Moyer, RE, Bascom, R, Foulds, J, Richie, J & Muscat, J 2017, 'Correction: Reduced nicotine content cigarettes in smokers of low socioeconomic status: Study protocol for a randomized control trial. [Trials. 18, (2017) (300)] DOI: 10.1186/s13063-017-2038-9' Trials, vol. 18, no. 1, 598.


Liu, Y, Zhu, J & Lin, DKJ 2016, 'A generalized likelihood ratio test for monitoring profile data' Paper presented at 12th International Workshop on Intelligent Statistical Quality Control, IWISQC 2016, Hamburg, Germany, 8/16/16 - 8/19/16, pp. 309-325.


Kuder, CH, Weivoda, MM, Zhang, Y, Zhu, J, Neighbors, J, Wiemer, DF & Hohl, R 2015, '3-Deoxyschweinfurthin B Lowers Cholesterol Levels by Decreasing Synthesis and Increasing Export in Cultured Cancer Cell Lines' Lipids, vol. 50, no. 12, pp. 1195-1207.
Blake, N, Zhu, J, Hernandez, G & Juliano, P 2015, 'A retrospective review of diagnostic testing for onychomycosis of the foot', Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, vol. 105, no. 6, pp. 503-508.
Kaifi, JT, Kunkel, M, Das, A, Harouaka, RA, Dicker, DT, Li, G, Zhu, J, Clawson, G, Yang, Z, Reed, MF, Gusani, NJ, Kimchi, ET, Staveley-O’Carroll, KF, Zheng, S & El-Deiry, WS 2015, 'Circulating tumor cell isolation during resection of colorectal cancer lung and liver metastases: A prospective trial with different detection techniques', Cancer Biology and Therapy, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 699-708.
Kaifi, JT, Kunkel, M, Dicker, DT, Joude, J, Allen, JE, Das, A, Zhu, J, Yang, Z, Sarwani, N, Li, G, Staveley-O’Carroll, KF & El-Deiry, WS 2015, 'Circulating tumor cell levels are elevated in colorectal cancer patients with high tumor burden in the liver', Cancer Biology and Therapy, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 690-698.
Das, A, Kunkel, M, Joudeh, J, Dicker, DT, Scicchitano, A, Allen, JE, Sarwani, N, Yang, Z, Kaifi, J, Zhu, J, Liao, JJ & El-Deiry, WS 2015, 'Clinico-pathological correlation of serial measurement of circulating tumor cells in 24 metastatic colorectal cancer patients receiving chemotherapy reveals interpatient heterogeneity correlated with CEA levels but independent of KRAS and BRAF mutation' Cancer Biology and Therapy, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 709-713.
Holder, S, Drabick, J, Zhu, J & Joshi, M 2015, 'Dexamethasone may be the most efficacious corticosteroid for use as monotherapy in castration-resistant prostate cancer', Cancer Biology and Therapy, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 207-209.
Bicking Kinsey, C, Baptiste-Roberts, K, Zhu, J & Kjerulff, K 2015, 'Effect of Multiple Previous Miscarriages on Health Behaviors and Health Care Utilization During Subsequent Pregnancy', Women's Health Issues, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 155-161.
Lee, S, Slagle-Webb, B, Sheehan, JM, Zhu, J, Muscat, J, Glantz, M & Connor, J 2015, 'HFE polymorphisms affect survival of brain tumor patients' Journal of neuro-oncology, vol. 122, no. 1, pp. 97-104.
Rice, SJ, Liu, X, Miller, B, Joshi, M, Zhu, J, Caruso, C, Gilbert, C, Toth, J, Reed, MF, Rassaei, N, Das, A, Barochia, A, El-Bayoumy, K & Belani, C 2015, 'Proteomic profiling of human plasma identifies apolipoprotein E as being associated with smoking and a marker for squamous metaplasia of the lung' Proteomics, vol. 15, no. 18, pp. 3267-3277.
Veldheer, S, Yingst, J, Zhu, J & Foulds, J 2015, 'Ten-year weight gain in smokers who quit, smokers who continued smoking and never smokers in the United States, NHANES 2003-2012', International Journal of Obesity, vol. 39, no. 12, pp. 1727-1732.

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