Jose Russo, MD, FACP

Jose Russo, MD, FACP
Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • MDOT, St. John Hospital, Detroit, MI, 1982
  • MD, Doctorate in Exp. Pathol. , University National of Cuyo, Mendoza, 1968
  • MD, University National of Cuyo, Mendoza, 1967
  • BS, Agustin Alvarez National College, Argentina, Mendoza, 1959
Research Profile

Research Program

Research Facility

Research Interests

For over 40 years our lab has been devoted to breast cancer research. During that time we have been able to develop several projects which, at the present time, are consolidated into ten major areas of research which encompass our programmatic view of how to study this complex disease. The ten areas consist of:

  • Breast Cancer and environmental factors
  • Genomic Basis of Reproductive History in Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Therapy by Differentiation Gene Activation
  • Estrogens and Breast Cancer
  • Biomarkers of Breast Cancer Prevention
  • Epigenetic Control of Estrogen Induced Cell Transformation
  • Prevention Trial in the use of r-hCG in Women of High Risk of Developing Breast Cancer
  • Circadian Rhythm and Mammary Gland Development
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center Breast Cancer Tissue Resources
  • Chromatin Remodeling in Breast Cancer
  • Chromatin Remodeling as a Preventive Strategy in Breast Cancer


Julia Santucci-Pereira, PhD

Research Associate


Yanrong Su, PhD

Research Associate


Ricardo Lopez, PhD

Senior Research Associate


Maria Barton, MSc

Graduate Student


Theresa Nguyen, BS

Scientific Technician


Luz Vargas



Yubo Zhai, BS

Graduate Student


Thomas Pogash, BS

Scientific Technician


Nathan Hopfinger, BS

Scientific Technician


Linda Cathay

Administrative Assistant

Room: P2036

Selected Publications

Russo,J., Santucci-Pereira,J., López de Cicco,R., Sheriff, F., Russo,P.A., Peri, S., Slifker, M., Ross, E.A., Mello,M.L.S., Vidal,B.C., Belitskaya- Lévy,I., Arslan,A., Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, A., Bordas, P., Lenner, P., Ahman, J., Afanasyeva,Y., Hallmans, G.,Toniolo, P., Russo. I.H., Pregnancy-induced chromatin remodeling in the breast of postmenopausal women. Int J Cancer. 131(5):1059-70. (2012). PMCID: PMC3350833

Peri, S., López de Cicco, R., Santucci-Pereira, J., Slifker, M., Ross, E.A., Russo,I.H., Russo, P.A., Arslan, A.A., Belitskaya-Lévy, I., Zeleniuch-Jacquotte,A., Bordas, P., Lenner, P., Åhman, J., Afanasyeva, Y., Johansson, R., Sheriff, F., Hallmans, G., Toniolo P. and Russo, J. Defining the genomic signature of the parous breast. BMC Medical Genomics. 5:46. (2012). PMCID: PMC3487939

Belitskaya-Levy, I.,Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, A., Russo, J., Russo, I.H., Bordas, P., Ahman, J., Afanasyeva, Y., Johansson, R., Lenner, P., Lopez de Cicco, R., Peri, S., Ross, E., Russo, P.A., Santucci-Pereira, J., Sheriff, F.S., Slifker, M., Hallman, G., Toniolo, P. Characterization of a genomic signature of pregnancy in the breast. Cancer Prev. Res. 4:1457-1464, (2011). PMCID: PMC3320726

Russo, J., Balogh, G.A., and Russo IH. Full term pregnancy induces a specific genomic signature in the human breast. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 16: (1), 1-16, 2008. Accepted prior to April 7, 2008.

Additional Publications


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