Jessica L. Petrick, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Slone Epidemiology Center

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine


B.A., 2007, Public Health Studies & Anthropology,
Case Western Reserve University

M.P.H., 2008, Epidemiology & Health Policy,
Case Western Reserve University

Ph.D., 2014, Epidemiology,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests:

Dr. Petrick’s research program focuses on the epidemiology of gastrointestinal cancers, including colorectal, liver, and esophageal. Dr. Petrick became a co-Investigator with the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS) in 2019, but she has been collaborating with BWHS since she began her post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2014. BWHS is a member of the NCI Cancer Cohort Consortium and participated in the Liver Cancer Pooling Project, within which Dr. Petrick led numerous studies. The emphasis of her current research portfolio is on nutritional and molecular factors, including the metabolome and microbiome, which may contribute to racial disparities along the cancer continuum—from precursor lesions to invasive cancer through mortality.