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Jacob Kresovich, PhD, MPH

Program: Cancer Epidemiology


Jacob K. Kresovich, PhD, MPH is a molecular cancer epidemiologist focused on identifying the biological processes that link aging and immune function to breast cancer development and survival. 


    • Cancer Epidemiology
    • Breast Oncology
    • Cancer Epidemiology Program

Education & Training


  • Columbia University, MPH - Public Health
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD - Epidemiology

Dr. Kresovich’s research is focused on characterizing molecular and immunological changes related to aging that occur before, during and after cancer development and treatment. Dr. Kresovich earned a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where his work focused on investigating the relationship between blood DNA methylation profiles and aging, environmental exposures, lifestyles, behaviors and breast cancer risk. Since joining Moffitt, Dr. Kresovich has extended his research to include studies of how breast cancer treatments affects aging rates and cardiovascular disease risk. 


  • Kresovich JK, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Methylation-Based Biological Age and Hypertension Prevalence and Incidence. Hypertension. 2023 Jun.80(6):1213-1222. Pubmedid: 36974720. Pmcid: PMC10192055.
  • Kresovich JK, Xu Z, O'Brien KM, Parks CG, Weinberg CR, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Peripheral Immune Cell Composition is Altered in Women Before and After a Hypertension Diagnosis. Hypertension. 2023 Jan.80(1):43-53. Pubmedid: 36259385. Pmcid: PMC9742333.
  • Kresovich JK, Bulka CM. Low Serum Klotho Associated With All-cause Mortality Among a Nationally Representative Sample of American Adults. J Gerontol A-Biol. 2022 Mar.77(3):452-456. Pubmedid: 34628493. Pmcid: PMC9122743.
  • Kresovich JK, Xu Z, O'Brien KM, Shi M, Weinberg CR, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Blood DNA methylation profiles improve breast cancer prediction. Mol Oncol. 2022 Jan.16(1):42-53. Pubmedid: 34411412. Pmcid: PMC8732352.
  • Kresovich JK, Park YM, Keller JA, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Healthy eating patterns and epigenetic measures of biological age. Am J Clin Nutr. 2022 Jan.115(1):171-179. Pubmedid: 34637497. Pmcid: PMC8754996.
  • Kresovich JK, Martinez Lopez AM, Garval EL, Xu Z, White AJ, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Alcohol Consumption and Methylation-Based Measures of Biological Age. J Gerontol A-Biol. 2021 Nov.76(12):2107-2111. Pubmedid: 34038541. Pmcid: PMC8599006.
  • McCartney DL, Min JL, Richmond RC, Lu AT, Sobczyk MK, Davies G, Broer L, Guo X, Jeong A, Jung J, Kasela S, Katrinli S, Kuo PL, Matias-Garcia PR, Mishra PP, Nygaard M, Palviainen T, Patki A, Raffield LM, Ratliff SM, Richardson TG, Robinson O, Soerensen M, Sun D, Tsai PC, van der Zee MD, Walker RM, Wang X, Wang Y, Xia R, Xu Z, Yao J, Zhao W, Correa A, Boerwinkle E, Dugué PA, Durda P, Elliott HR, Gieger C, de Geus EJC, Harris SE, Hemani G, Imboden M, Kähönen M, Kardia SLR, Kresovich JK, Li S, Lunetta KL, Mangino M, Mason D, McIntosh AM, Mengel-From J, Moore AZ, Murabito JM, Ollikainen M, Pankow JS, Pedersen NL, Peters A, Polidoro S, Porteous DJ, Raitakari O, Rich SS, Sandler DP, Sillanpää E, Smith AK, Southey MC, Strauch K, Tiwari H, Tanaka T, Tillin T, Uitterlinden AG, Van Den Berg DJ, van Dongen J, Wilson JG, Wright J, Yet I, Arnett D, Bandinelli S, Bell JT, Binder AM, Boomsma DI, Chen W, Christensen K, Conneely KN, Elliott P, Ferrucci L, Fornage M, Hägg S, Hayward C, Irvin M, Kaprio J, Lawlor DA, Lehtimäki T, Lohoff FW, Milani L, Milne RL, Probst-Hensch N, Reiner AP, Ritz B, Rotter JI, Smith JA, Taylor JA, van Meurs JBJ, Vineis P, Waldenberger M, Deary IJ, Relton CL, Horvath S, Marioni RE. Genome-wide association studies identify 137 genetic loci for DNA methylation biomarkers of aging. Genome Biol. 2021 Jun.22(1):194. Pubmedid: 34187551. Pmcid: PMC8243879.
  • Kresovich JK, Garval EL, Martinez Lopez AM, Xu Z, Niehoff NM, White AJ, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Associations of Body Composition and Physical Activity Level With Multiple Measures of Epigenetic Age Acceleration. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 Jun.190(6):984-993. Pubmedid: 33693587. Pmcid: PMC8168202.
  • Lawrence KG, Kresovich JK, O'Brien KM, Hoang TT, Xu Z, Taylor JA, Sandler DP. Association of Neighborhood Deprivation With Epigenetic Aging Using 4 Clock Metrics. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Nov.3(11):e2024329. Pubmedid: 33146735. Pmcid: PMC7643028.
  • Kresovich JK, Parks CG, Sandler DP, Weinberg CR, Taylor JA. The Role of Blood Cell Composition in Epidemiologic Studies of Telomeres. Epidemiology. 2020 Jul.31(4):e34-e36. Pubmedid: 32168019. Pmcid: PMC7470016.
  • Kresovich JK, O'Brien KM, Xu Z, Weinberg CR, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Prediagnostic Immune Cell Profiles and Breast Cancer. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Jan.3(1):e1919536. Pubmedid: 31951276. Pmcid: PMC6991268.
  • Kresovich JK, Harmon QE, Xu Z, Nichols HB, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Reproduction, DNA methylation and biological age. Hum Reprod. 2019 Oct.34(10):1965-1973. Pubmedid: 31600381. Pmcid: PMC7209774.
  • Kresovich JK, Erdal S, Chen HY, Gann PH, Argos M, Rauscher GH. Metallic air pollutants and breast cancer heterogeneity. Environ Res. 2019 Oct.177:108639. Pubmedid: 31419716. Pmcid: PMC6717519.
  • White AJ, Kresovich JK, Xu Z, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Shift work, DNA methylation and epigenetic age. Int J Epidemiol. 2019 Oct.48(5):1536-1544. Pubmedid: 30879037. Pmcid: PMC6857743.
  • Kresovich JK, Xu Z, O'Brien KM, Weinberg CR, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Methylation-Based Biological Age and Breast Cancer Risk. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Oct.111(10):1051-1058. Pubmedid: 30794318. Pmcid: PMC6792078.
  • White AJ, Kresovich JK, Keller JP, Xu Z, Kaufman JD, Weinberg CR, Taylor JA, Sandler DP. Air pollution, particulate matter composition and methylation-based biologic age. Environ Int. 2019 Nov.132:105071. Pubmedid: 31387022. Pmcid: PMC6754788.
  • Kresovich JK, Taylor JA. RE: "SOCIOECONOMIC POSITION AND DNA METHYLATION AGE ACCELERATION ACROSS THE LIFE COURSE". Am J Epidemiol. 2019 Feb.188(2):487-488. Pubmedid: 30380005. Pmcid: PMC6676942.
  • Kresovich JK, Xu Z, O'Brien KM, Weinberg CR, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Epigenetic mortality predictors and incidence of breast cancer. Aging (Albany NY). 2019 Dec.11(24):11975-11987. Pubmedid: 31848323. Pmcid: PMC6949084.
  • Kresovich JK, Parks CG, Sandler DP, Taylor JA. Reproductive history and blood cell telomere length. Aging (Albany NY). 2018 Sep.10(9):2383-2393. Pubmedid: 30243019. Pmcid: PMC6188490.
  • Kresovich JK, Bulka CM, Joyce BT, Vokonas PS, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA, Hibler EA, Hou L. The Inflammatory Potential of Dietary Manganese in a Cohort of Elderly Men. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2018 May.183(1):49-57. Pubmedid: 28822065. Pmcid: PMC5844859.
  • Kresovich JK, Joyce BT, Gao T, Zheng Y, Zhang Z, Achenbach CJ, Murphy RL, Just AC, Shen J, Yang H, Vokonas P, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA, Hou L. Promoter methylation of PGC1A and PGC1B predicts cancer incidence in a veteran cohort. Epigenomics. 2018 Jun.10(6):733-743. Pubmedid: 29888964. Pmcid: PMC6367713.
  • Kresovich JK, Gann PH, Erdal S, Chen HY, Argos M, Rauscher GH. Candidate gene DNA methylation associations with breast cancer characteristics and tumor progression. Epigenomics. 2018 Apr.10(4):367-378. Pubmedid: 29528252. Pmcid: PMC5925433.
  • Kresovich JK, Zhang Z, Fang F, Zheng Y, Sanchez-Guerra M, Joyce BT, Zhong J, Chervona Y, Wang S, Chang D, McCracken JP, Díaz A, Bonzini M, Carugno M, Koutrakis P, Kang CM, Bian S, Gao T, Byun HM, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA, Hou L. Histone 3 modifications and blood pressure in the Beijing Truck Driver Air Pollution Study. Biomarkers. 2017 Sep.22(6):584-593. Pubmedid: 28678539. Pmcid: PMC5599708.
  • Blair NP, Wanek J, Felder AE, Joslin CE, Kresovich JK, Lim JI, Chau FY, Leiderman Y, Shahidi M. Retinal Oximetry and Vessel Diameter Measurements With a Commercially Available Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope in Diabetic Retinopathy. Invest Ophth Vis Sci. 2017 Oct.58(12):5556-5563. Pubmedid: 29079858. Pmcid: PMC5656420.
  • Zhang Z, Joyce BT, Kresovich JK, Zheng Y, Zhong J, Patel R, Zhang W, Liu L, Dou C, McCracken JP, Díaz A, Motta V, Sanchez-Guerra M, Bian S, Bertazzi PA, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA, Wang S, Hou L. Blood pressure and expression of microRNAs in whole blood. PLoS One. 2017 Mar.12(3):e0173550. Pubmedid: 28278198. Pmcid: PMC5344460.
  • Zheng Y, Sanchez-Guerra M, Zhang Z, Joyce BT, Zhong J, Kresovich JK, Liu L, Zhang W, Gao T, Chang D, Osorio-Yanez C, Carmona JJ, Wang S, McCracken JP, Zhang X, Chervona Y, Díaz A, Bertazzi PA, Koutrakis P, Kang CM, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA, Hou L. Traffic-derived particulate matter exposure and histone H3 modification: A repeated measures study. Environ Res. 2017 Feb.153:112-119. Pubmedid: 27918982. Pmcid: PMC5605137.
  • Kresovich JK, Zheng Y, Cardenas A, Joyce BT, Rifas-Shiman SL, Oken E, Gillman MW, Hivert MF, Baccarelli AA, Hou L. Cord blood DNA methylation and adiposity measures in early and mid-childhood. Clin Epigenetics. 2017 Aug.9:86. Pubmedid: 28814982. Pmcid: PMC5558655.
  • Khansari MM, Wanek J, Tan M, Joslin CE, Kresovich JK, Camardo N, Blair NP, Shahidi M. Assessment of Conjunctival Microvascular Hemodynamics in Stages of Diabetic Microvasculopathy. Sci Rep. 2017 Apr.7:45916. Pubmedid: 28387229. Pmcid: PMC5384077.
  • Rauscher GH, Kresovich JK, Poulin M, Yan L, Macias V, Mahmoud AM, Al-Alem U, Kajdacsy-Balla A, Wiley EL, Tonetti D, Ehrlich M. Exploring DNA methylation changes in promoter, intragenic, and intergenic regions as early and late events in breast cancer formation. BMC Cancer. 2015 Oct.15:816. Pubmedid: 26510686. Pmcid: PMC4625569.
  • Kresovich JK, Argos M, Turyk ME. Associations of lead and cadmium with sex hormones in adult males. Environ Res. 2015 Oct.142:25-33. Pubmedid: 26093239.
  • Kirkbride JB, Susser E, Kundakovic M, Kresovich JK, Davey Smith G, Relton CL. Prenatal nutrition, epigenetics and schizophrenia risk: can we test causal effects?. Epigenomics. 2012 Jun.4(3):303-315. Pubmedid: 22690666. Pmcid: PMC3970193.


  • Title: Leveraging DNA Methylation Profiles to Discover Proteomic Biomarkers and Enhance Risk Prediction of Breast Cancer
    Sponsor: Moffitt Cancer Center
    PI: Kresovich, J.