Rick Jansen, PhD, MS

Associate Professor
640S Aldevron Tower




Post-Doctoral Scholar, Genomic and Molecular Epidemiology
University of Chicago Chicago, IL 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Cancer Genetic Epidemiology 
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN 

Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental Health Sciences
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 

Master of Science, Environmental Health Sciences
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 

Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Statistics, 
University of Minnesota Morris, MN

NDSU Affiliations

Department of Public Health 
Genomics and Bioinformatics Program
Center for Immunization Research and Education (CIRE)
Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies in Pancreatic Cancer

Areas of Expertise

Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Pancreatic Cancer Epidemiology
Genomic and Molecular Epidemiology
Gene by Environment Interaction
Epidemiologic Methods
Dietary Intake Assessment

Professional Memberships

American Public Health Association
Association for Cancer Research 
Society for Epidemiologic Research
American Society of Human Genetics


PH 474/674: Epidemiology 
PH 720: Environmental Health
PH 752: Epidemiologic Methods 2

Select Publications


Gold, A.L., Bennett, K., Jansen, R.J., Mobley, A.R., Procter, S.B., Smathers, C., Contreras, D., Peters, P., Keim, A., Oscarson, R., (in press). Ripple Effects of the Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity Project. Health Promotion Practice.  

Anderson, E., Glogoza, M., Bettenhausen, A., Guenther, R., Dangerfield, D., Jansen, R., Newman, R., Warne, D., Dyke, C., 2018. Disparities in Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Northern Plains American Indians Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. Heal. Equity 2, 152–160. 

Jansen, R.J., Alexander, B.H., Hayes, R.B., Miller, A.B., Wacholder, S., Church, T.R., 2018. A mathematical model of case-ascertainment bias: Applied to case-control studies nested within a randomized screening trial. PLoS One 13, e0194608

Hall, K., M. Howell, A. Schwartz, R.J. Jansen, and P.J. Carson. Enforcement is Associated with Higher School-Reported Immunization Rates. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017 June.

Yallew W*, Bamlet WR, Oberg AL, Anderson KE, Olson JE, Sinha R, Petersen GM, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Jansen RJ. Association between Alcohol Consumption, Folate Intake, and Risk of Pancreatic Cancer: A Case-Control Study. Nutrients. 2017 May 1;9(5). pii: E0448. doi: 10.3390/nu9050448. PubMed PMID: 28468303.

Weisbeck A*, Jansen RJ. Nutrients and the Pancreas: An Epigenetic Perspective. Nutrients. 2017 Mar 15;9(3). pii: E283. doi: 10.3390/nu9030283. Review. PubMed PMID: 28294968; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5372946

van Reesema LL, Zheleva V, Winston JS, Jansen RJ, O'Connor CF, Isbell AJ, Bian M, Qin R, Bassett PT, Hinson VJ, Dorsch KA, Kirby BW, Van Sciver RE, Tang-Tan AM, Harden EA, Chang DZ, Allen CA, Perry RR, Hoefer RA, Tang AH. SIAH and EGFR, Two RAS Pathway Biomarkers, are Highly Prognostic in Locally Advanced and Metastatic Breast Cancer. EBioMedicine. 2016 Sep;11:183-198. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2016.08.014. Epub 2016 Aug 14. PubMed PMID: 27569656; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5049993.

Jansen, R.J., M. Argos, L. Tong, J. Li, M. Rakibuz-Zaman, V. Slavkovich, T. Islam, A. Ahmed, A. Navas-Acien, F. Parvez, Y. Chen, M.V. Gamble, B.L. Pierce, H. Ahsan. Determinants and consequences of arsenic metabolism efficiency among 4,794 individuals: demographics, lifestyle, genetics, and toxicity. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26677206.

Jansen R.J., X. Tan, G.M. Petersen. Gene by Environment Interactions in Pancreatic Cancer: Implications for Prevention. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. 2015 June 1;88(2): 115-126. PMID: 26029010.

Jansen R. J., S. Fonseca-Williams, W.R. Bamlet, S. Ayala-Peña, A.L. Oberg, G.M. Petersen, and C.A. Torres-Ramos. Detection of DNA Damage in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells from Pancreatic Cancer Patients. Molecular Carcinogenesis. Doi: 10.1002/mc.22189. Epub 2014 Aug 11. PMID: 25111947. 

Book Chapter:

Antwi, S. O., R. J. Jansen and G. M. Petersen (n.d.). Epidemiology of Pancreatic Cancer. In D. Schottenfeld & J. F. Fraumeni Jr. (Eds.), Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention (Forth). Oxford University Press.

White Papers:

Hall K, Pinnick D, Fix N, Jansen R, Gold A, Carson P. Immunization and Exemption Policies and Practices in North Dakota: A Comprehensive Review and Recommendations for Improvement. White Paper for the North Dakota Department of Health. www.ndhealth.gov/Immunize/Documents/Schools/ImmunizationandExemptionPoliciesandPracticesinNorthDakota_20160615.pdf. Online June 13, 2016.

For more published items from Rick Jansen visit his PubMed Bibliography

*Indicates a student Jansen mentored

Select Presentations


Jansen, R., W. Bamlet, and G. Petersen. October 2018. Characterizing DNA Methylation Patterns in Pancreatic Cancer Patients. ASHG annual conference 2018, San Diego, CA.


Huseth-Zosel, A., R. Jansen. June 2018. Social Math: Inspiring Behavior Change in Your Community. Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. Grand Forks, ND.

Jansen, R., J. Brooks, W. Bamlet, and G. Petersen. Characterizing DNA Methylation Patterns in Pancreatic Cancer Patients. NDSU Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer, Fargo, ND.

Huseth-Zosel, A., R. Jansen, A. Gold, and M. Larson. June 2017. What's Data Got to Do with It? Using and Understanding Data to Improve Programs. Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. Minot, ND.

Huseth-Zosel, A., R. Jansen, M. Strand, A. Gold, D. Pinnick, S. Meyer, and M. Larson. June 2017. Community Building Simulation: Archie Bunker's Neighborhood. Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. Minot, ND.

Jansen, R. May 2017. Essentials of Descriptive Epidemiology. North Dakota Department of Health Workshop, Bismark, ND.

Jansen, R. December 2016. Identification of CpGs to use as early detection biomarkers in pancreatic cancer. NDSU Pancreatic Cancer COBRE meeting, Fargo, ND.

Jansen, R., L. Tong, M. Argos, F. Jasmine, M. Kibriya, J. Baron, H. Ahsan, B. Pierce. October 2016. The effect of age on sex-specific DNA methylation patterns in a Bangladeshi population. ASHG Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Hall, K., M. Howell, A. Schwartz, D. Pinnick*, N. Fix*, A. Gold, R. Jansen, and P.J. Carson. September 2016. Major Recommendations from a Comprehensive Study to Improve School Immunization Rates in North Dakota (ND). 47th National Immunization Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Jansen, R., M. Argos, L. Tong, J. Li, M. Rakibuz-Zaman,Md. T. Islam, V. Slavkovich, A. Ahmed, A. Navas-Acien, F. Parvez, Y. Chen, M.V. Gamble, J.H. Graziano, B.L. Pierce, H. Ahsan.  June 2015. Arsenic metabolism phenotypes show distinct associations with sex, BMI, socioeconomic status, 10q24.32 SNPs, and arsenic exposure. 48th Annual SER Meeting. Denver, CO.

Select Grants/Awards


N. Hodur, Erickson-Dockter, K., Cernusca, M., Gold, A., Huseth-Zosel, A., and Jansen, R. (2016). ND Compass and NDSU Department of Public Health Workshop for Public Health Professionals: Local Data for a Healthy Community. North Dakota Department of Health Grant, $10,000.

Jansen, R. (2016-2018). Identification of CpGs to use as early detection biomarkers in pancreatic cancer. SEED grant NDSU COBRE Center for diagnosic and Therapeutic Stategies in Pancreatic Cancer Pilot Program (P20GM109024), $25,000. 

Jansen, R., Bergholz, P., Day, S. (2017-2018). Approach for Identifying Genome-wide Interactions important in pathogenicity of Escherichia coli. NDSU Bioinformatics Seed Grant Program, $40,000.

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