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Predoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

My current research interests involve understanding how the tumor microenvironment can differ by race and cancer subtype and understanding how these differences affect breast cancer survival. I am also interested in understanding how the external environment and the microbiome interact to affect cancer outcomes.

Selected Publications

  • Ragin C., Liu J., Jones G., Shoyele O., Sowunmi B., Kennet R., Gibbs D., Blackman E., Esan M., Brandwein-Gensler M., Devarajan K., Busso F., Chernock R., Chien C., Cohen M., El-Mofty S., Suzuki M., D’Souza G., Funchain P., Eng C., Gollin S., Hong A., Jung Y., Kruger M., Lewis J., Morbini P., Landolfo S., Ritta M., Straetmans J., Szarka K., Tachezy R., Bargo E., Worden F., Nelson D., Gathere S., Taioli E. (2016) Prevalence of HPV infection in racial-ethnic subgroups of head and neck cancer patients. Carcinogenesis 2016 Dec 26. pii: bgw203.
  • Goedert JJ., Jones G., Hua X., Xu X., Yu G., Flores R., Falk RT., Gail MH., Shi J., Ravel J., Feigelson HS. (2015) Investigation of the association between the fecal microbiota and breast cancer in postmenopausal women: a population based case- control pilot study. Journal of National Cancer Institute 107(8): djv147.
  • Isayeva T., Xu J., Dai Q., Whitley A., Bonner J., Nabell L., Spencer S., Carroll W., Jones G., Ragin C., Brandwein-Gensler M. (2014) African Americans with oropharyngeal carcinoma have significantly poorer outcomes despite similar rates of human papillomavirus-mediated carcinogenesis. Human Pathology 45(2): 110-119.
  • Uronis J., Muhlbauer M., Herfarth H., Rubinas T., Jones G., Jobin C. (2009) Modulation of the intestinal microbiota alters colitis associated colorectal cancer susceptibility. PLOS ONE 4: e6026.
  • Jones GS., Spencer Feigelson H., Falk RT., Hua X., Ravel J., et al. (2019) Mammographic breast density and its association with urinary estrogens and the fecal microbiota in postmenopausal women. PLOS ONE 14(5): e0216114.
  • Van Dyke A., Shiels M., Jones G., Pfeiffer R., Petrick J., Dimmer J., Koshiol J., Biliary Tract Cancer Incidence Trends in the United States by demographic group, 1999-2013. Cancer. 2019. doi:10.1002/cncr.31942.
  • Goedert J., Hua X., Bielcka A., Okayasu i., Milne G., Jones G., Fujiwara M., Sinha R., Wan Y., Xu X., Ravel J., Shi J., Palm N., Feigelson H., Postmenopausal breast cancer and estrogen association with the IgA coated and IgA-non-coated fecal microbiota. British Journal of Cancer. 2018. doi:10.1038/bjc.2017.435


Melissa Troester