Jamie Bernard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology. Her research focuses on toxicological effects in daily life that can trigger the formation of cancer.
Dr. Bernard received her Ph.D. in Toxicology at the University of Rochester. Prior to joining MSU, she completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego and Rutgers University.
The Bernard laboratory has discovered that intra-abdominal (visceral) fat can promote carcinogenesis in vitro and in animal models of high-fat-diet-induced obesity. Their research aims to identify specific mechanisms of obesity-promoted cancer with a focus on visceral fat inflammation. Additional research includes screening to identify new compounds that target pathways for chemoprevention and identifying biomarkers of adiposity-associated cancer that are amenable to prevention and early intervention measures.