Todd A. Jusko, Ph.D.

Todd A. Jusko, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-2849
Fax: (585) 424-1469
Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Research Bio

As an environmental epidemiologist, Dr. Jusko's research interests concern the environmental causes of human disease. Within this broad area, Dr. Jusko's research primarily focuses on how environmental chemicals contribute to adverse immunological development over the entire lifespan. He is interested in the immune system as both a disease outcome (e.g., asthma, lowered vaccine response, development of autoimmunity), and as a mechanism of susceptibility for other disease outcomes, such as neurobehavioral development.

Dr. Jusko is exploring these questions in a diverse set of populations. For instance, he is investigating whether in utero and early postnatal exposure to persistent pollutants is associated with measures of immune system function in a cohort of children in eastern Slovakia. In adults, he is examining whether chemical exposures are associated with antinuclear antibodies (ANA), autoantibodies frequently observed in individuals with systemic autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is also a longtime collaborator on the Rochester Lead Study, which examines the potential neurobehavioral effects of early life lead exposure in a cohort of children in Rochester NY, and an NIEHS-led project examining neurodevelopment in a birth cohort of approximately 10,000 mother-infant pairs (the Generation R Study) in relation to in utero exposure to organophosphate pesticide metabolites.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Early Career Travel Grant | Society of Toxicology 2014
NIEHS Intramural Paper of the Month (Satoh et al. 2012) 2012
J. William Fulbright Scholar | Slovak Republic 2007 - 2009
Student Travel Award | International Neurotoxicology Society 2004
Student Travel Award | Behavioral Toxicology Society 2002
Student Travel Award | Human Ecology Alumni Association, Cornell University 2001
Student Travel Award | Society of Toxicology

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 32 available »

2015 Oct
Sisto R, Moleti A, Palkovi?ová Murínová ?, Wimmerová S, Lancz K, Tihányi J, ?onka K, Šov?íková E, Hertz-Picciotto I, Jusko TA, Trnovec T. "Environmental exposure to organochlorine pesticides and deficits in cochlear status in children." Environmental science and pollution research international. 2015 Oct; 22(19):14570-8. Epub 2015 May 21.
2015 Oct
Wimmerová S, Watson A, Drobná B, Šov?íková E, Weber R, Lancz K, Patayová H, Richterová D, Koštiaková V, Jure?ková D, Závacký P, Strémy M, Jusko TA, Palkovi?ová Murínová ?, Hertz-Picciotto I, Trnovec T. "The spatial distribution of human exposure to PCBs around a former production site in Slovakia." Environmental science and pollution research international. 2015 Oct; 22(19):14405-15. Epub 2015 Aug 07.
2015 Aug 7
Dinse GE, Jusko TA, Whitt IZ, Co CA, Parks CG, Satoh M, Chan EK, Rose KM, Walker NJ, Birnbaum LS, Zeldin DC, Weinberg CR, Miller FW. "Associations between Selected Xenobiotics and Antinuclear Antibodies in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2004." Environmental health perspectives. 2015 Aug 7; Epub 2015 Aug 07.
2015 May
Spaan S, Pronk A, Koch HM, Jusko TA, Jaddoe VW, Shaw PA, Tiemeier HM, Hofman A, Pierik FH, Longnecker MP. "Reliability of concentrations of organophosphate pesticide metabolites in serial urine specimens from pregnancy in the Generation R Study." Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology. 2015 May; 25(3):286-94. Epub 2014 Dec 17.
2015 Jan
Lancz K, Murínová L, Patayová H, Drobná B, Wimmerová S, Sov?íková E, Ková? J, Farkašová D, Hertz-Picciotto I, Jusko TA, Trnovec T. "Ratio of cord to maternal serum PCB concentrations in relation to their congener-specific physicochemical properties." International journal of hygiene and environmental health. 2015 Jan; 218(1):91-8. Epub 2014 Sep 06.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary
Assistant Professor - Department of Environmental Medicine (SMD)


PhD | Epidemiology | University of Washington2008
MS | Epidemiology | University of Washington2005
BS | Human Development | Cornell University2001

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Postdoctoral Fellow, Epidemiology Branch, NIEHS, NIH (2009-2013) 2013