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Elizabeth Jacobs Ph.D.

Elizabeth  Jacobs Ph.D.


Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department

1515 N. Campbell
Campus PO Box: 245024
AZCC 4985
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-0341


Dr. Jacobs is a cancer epidemiologist who focuses on genetic and lifestyle risk factors for colorectal cancer. She currently has two NCI-funded R01 grants to study the relationships between vitamin D and cancer. Along with her collaborator, Dr. Peter Jurutka, she is investigating the epidemiology and molecular biology of vitamin D and a specific type of polyps known as colorectal adenomas. In collaboration with the University of California San Diego, she is also studying the relationship between dietary intake and biomarkers of vitamin D status and breast cancer recurrence.


2001, PhD, Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona 

1996, MS, Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University 

Recent Publications:

Birnbaum MS, Jacobs ET, Ralston-King J, Ernst KC. Determinants of high vaccination exemption rates among kindergartens. Vaccine. 2012 Dec 13 [Epub ahead of print]

Jacobs ET, Thomson CA, Flatt SW, Newman VA, Rock CL, Pierce JP. Correlates of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and breast cancer stage in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living Study. Nutrition and Cancer, in press.

Lance P, Thompson PA, Roe DJ, Fales L, Buckmeier J, Wang F, Hamilton SR, Bhattacharyya A, Green SB, Hsu CH, Ahnen DJ, Boland CR, Heigh R,
Fay DE, Martinez ME, Jacobs ET, Ashbeck EL, Alberts DS.  Design and baseline characteristics of study participants in a phase III randomized trial of celecoxib and selenium for the prevention of colorectal adenomas. Cancer Prev Res, in press.

Martínez ME, Thompson PA, Ashbeck EL, Messer K, Lieberman DA, Baron JA, Ahnen DJ, Robertson DJ, Jacobs ET, Greenberg ER, Cross AJ, Atkin W. One-year Risk of Advanced Colorectal Neoplasia: US vs. UK Risk-stratification Guidelines. Annals of Internal Medicine, in press. 

Martínez ME, Pond E, Wertheim BC, Nodora JN, Jacobs ET, Bondy M, Daneri-Navarro     A, Meza-Montenegro MM, Gutierrez-Millan LE, Brewster A, Komenaka IK, Thompson P. Association Between Parity and Obesity in Mexican and Mexican-American Women: Findings from the Ella Binational Breast Cancer Study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 May 23. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:22618357

Rejnmark L, Avenell A, Masud T, Anderson F, Meyer HE, Sanders K, Salovaara K, Cooper C, Smith H, Jacobs ET, Torgerson D, Jackson RD, Manson JE, Brixen K, Mosekilde L, Robbins, JA, Francis RM, Abrahamsen B.  Vitamin D with calcium reduces mortality: patient-level pooled analysis of 70,528 patients from eight major vitamin D trials. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 May 17. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 22605432

Ernst KC, Jacobs ET. Implications of philosophical and personal belief exemptions on re-emergence of vaccine-preventable disease: The role of spatial clustering in under-vaccination. Human Vaccines and Therapeutics, 2012 Jun 1;8(6). [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:22508414

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Research Synopsis

Dr. Jacobs, is currently the Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Cancer Institute designed to study the interaction between genes and environmental risk factors related to vitamin D and its metabolism, and how they affect the risk for colorectal cancer. One of her areas of expertise and research interest is cancer prevention. Her future projects will include assessing the genetic contributors to endogenous vitamin D synthesis, and the inter-relationship between nuclear receptors as it relates to risk for cancer. Her doctoral dissertation was a thorough examination of the association between dietary fiber intake and colorectal adenoma recurrence, which since has led to collaborations with the National Cancer Institute to further explore this question.

The University of Arizona