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Joanne Colt M.P.H., M.S.

Assistant Branch Chief

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Joanne Colt M.P.H., M.S.

Joanne Colt M.P.H., M.S.

Organization:National Cancer Institute
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch
Address:NCI Shady Grove
Room 6E140


Ms. Colt received an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. She joined the NCI as an epidemiologist in 1986, where her research has focused on environmental causes of cancer, with special emphasis on pesticides and organochlorines in relation to the etiology of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and childhood leukemia. Her interests also include bladder and kidney cancer etiology. Before joining the NCI, Ms. Colt was an environmental consultant for 19 years, primarily in the fields of solid waste management and stratospheric ozone protection. Ms. Colt received an NIH Award of Merit and an NIH Quality of Work Life Award in 1999, and the NCI DCEG Award for the Outstanding Research Paper by a Staff Scientist in 2008.

Research Interests

  • Assessing exposure to home and garden pesticides through the use of residential carpet dust samples and questionnaires
  • Studying the association between exposure to pesticides and organochlorine compounds and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and childhood leukemia
  • Hypertension versus antihypertensive medications in the etiology of kidney cancer
  • Occupational exposures and bladder cancer risk