Michelle C. Janelsins-Benton, Ph.D.

Michelle C. Janelsins-Benton, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box CU420658
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 276-4656
Fax: (585) 461-5601
Administrative: (585) 275-5513
Lab: (585) 273-1940

Lab Information

Cancer Control & Psychoneuroimmunology Laboratory

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Research Bio

Dr. Janelsins' laboratory focuses on : 1) understanding clinical, psychological, and biological mechanisms of cognitive difficulties in cancer patients 2) investigating interventions to alleviate cognitive difficulties in cancer patients, and 3) translational models of cognitive difficulties in cancer.

Dr. Janelsins' area of expertise is in psychoneuroimmunology, immunology, neuroscience, and cognitive science. In addition to a focus on cognition and cancer, her lab is broadly interested in many aspects of research related to quality of life improvement and side effect management in cancer.

Awards & Honors (National)

Citation Award | Society of Behavioral Medicine 2014
NIH Director's New Innovator Award | NIH 2014
NCI K07 Career Development Award | NCI 2013 - 2018
MASCC Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year Award | Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer 2013
Markey Cancer Center and NCI International Conference on the Side Effects of Cancer Research Abstract Award 2011
NCI Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award 2011 - Present
ASPO New Investigator Award 2011
Distinguished Fellow, NIH Institute on Design & Conduct of Randomized Controlled Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions | OBSSR 2010
Highest Ranked Abstract Award for the Annual Meeting of ASPO | American Society of Preventive Oncology 2010
Research Abstract Award | Society of Behavioral Medicine 2009
First Prize Poster Award | American Society for Preventive Oncology 2009
NCI Cancer Control Fellowship Award 2008 - 2011
Outstanding Abstract Award | Keystone: Alzheimer's Disease Meeting 2006
Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) | NINDS 2005 - 2008

Awards & Honors (Local)

First Prize Poster Award in Cancer Control/Epidemiology | James P. Wilmot Cancer Center 2008
Scholarship | Pathogenesis of Neuroimmunologic Diseases | Marine Biological Laboratory 2005
Melville Hare Award for Excellence in Teaching | University of Rochester 2004
Summer Scholars Fellowship/Grant | Howard Hughes, Ursinus College 2001

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 Sep
Janelsins MC, Heckler CE, Thompson BD, Gross RA, Opanashuk LA, Cory-Slechta DA. "A clinically relevant dose of cyclophosphamide chemotherapy impairs memory performance on the delayed spatial alternation task that is sustained over time as mice age." Neurotoxicology. 2016 Sep; 56:287-293. Epub 2016 Jun 28.
2016 Sep
Williams AM, Zent CS, Janelsins MC. "What is known and unknown about chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment in patients with haematological malignancies and areas of needed research." British journal of haematology. 2016 Sep; 174(6):835-46. Epub 2016 Jul 08.
2015 Sep
Kamen C, Mustian KM, Heckler C, Janelsins MC, Peppone LJ, Mohile S, McMahon JM, Lord R, Flynn PJ, Weiss M, Spiegel D, Morrow GR. "The association between partner support and psychological distress among prostate cancer survivors in a nationwide study." Journal of cancer survivorship : research and practice. 2015 Sep; 9(3):492-9. Epub 2015 Jan 21.
2015 Jan
Sprod LK, Fernandez ID, Janelsins MC, Peppone LJ, Atkins JN, Giguere J, Block R, Mustian KM. "Effects of yoga on cancer-related fatigue and global side-effect burden in older cancer survivors." Journal of geriatric oncology. 2015 Jan; 6(1):8-14. Epub 2014 Oct 30.
Kamen C, Blosnich JR, Lytle M, Janelsins MC, Peppone LJ, Mustian KM. "Cigarette Smoking Disparities among Sexual Minority Cancer Survivors." Preventive medicine reports. 2015 2:283-286.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Surgery, Cancer Control (SMD) - Primary
Assistant Professor - Department of Neuroscience (SMD)
Assistant Professor - Department of Radiation Oncology (SMD)
Assistant Professor - Cancer Center


MPH | Public Health | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry2013
PhD | Microbiology and Immunology | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry2008
MS | Microbiology and Immunology | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry2005
BS | Biology | Ursinus College2002

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Behavioral Medicine Unit, Cancer Control Program, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, University of Rochester Medical Center, Training areas: Behavioral Science, Cancer Control, Neuropsychology 2011