Carmen J. Marsit, PhD


Titles and Roles

Professor, Department of Environmental Health
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Carmen J. Marsit, PhD, is Professor of Environmental Health at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Prior to joining Emory, Dr. Marsit was on the faculty at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.

Dr. Marsit is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. He holds professional memberships with American Association for Cancer Research, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology and Society for Epidemiologic Research.


Dr. Marsit received his PhD in Biological Sciences in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he gained training and interest in molecular epidemiology and epigenetics.


The broad goal of Dr. Marsit's research program is to investigate gene environment interactions and their individual and combined impact on human disease, with a particular focus on the impact of the environment and lifestyle on the character of the human epigenome. His research has focused on two distinct, yet highly related biologic processes, that of environmental carcinogenesis and that of human development. In those settings, Dr. Marsit's laboratory studies how epigenetic mechanisms and their alterations are responsible, in a significant part, for cancer, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and common and rare diseases of childhood including behavioral disorders. The laboratory focuses on DNA methylation and miRNA expression as the key epigenetic mechanisms of interest.


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Dr. Marsit's honors and awards include the following:

  • National Institute of Mental Health Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS), 2011
  • AACR-AstraZeneca Scholar in Training Award American Association for Cancer Research, 2005
  • AACR-AFLAC Scholar in Training Award American Association for Cancer Research, 2004
  • Pathobiology of Cancer Fellowship American Association for Cancer Research, 2002
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon, Honors Society in Chemistry, 2000
  • American Institute of Chemists Award Lafayette College, Department of Chemistry, 2000

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