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James Fuscoe Ph.D.

Chief, Branch of Personalized Medicine — Division of Systems Biology

James Fuscoe
James Fuscoe, Ph.D.

(870) 543-7391

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Dr. James Fuscoe received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from San Diego State University in 1976. He then attended the University of Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences where he received his Ph.D. in 1980. Between 1980 and 1983 Dr. Fuscoe worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine. In 1983, he was appointed as the senior biomedical scientist in the Biomedical Sciences Division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, University of California where he remained until 1987.

He then became an associate professor at the Center for Environmental Health in the Department of Animal Science, University of Connecticut (1988-1990). Following this, Dr. Fuscoe worked as a program leader for Environmental Health Research and Testing, Inc. (1990-1993) and then as a senior scientist for Integrated Laboratory Systems (1993-1995). Between 1995 and 2001 he worked as a research biologist at the EPA in the Environmental Carcinogenesis Division. He now works as a supervisory research biologist and branch chief at NCTR, as well as a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

Research Interests

Dr. Fuscoe’s research interests include:

  • combining omic technologies for a systems approach to toxicology
  • application of genomics to toxicology
  • development and application of molecular biomarkers to detect effects of drug exposures
  • predicting possible drug adverse events in susceptible populations (e.g.,the young, the elderly, males, females)
  • mammalian molecular genetics, mutagenesis, and carcinogenesis.

Professional Societies/National and International Groups

Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society
Member (Former councilor, symposium organizer, chair, and speaker)
1978 – Present

Society of Toxicology
Member (Former symposium organizer and chair)
2007 – Present


Select Publications

Publication titles are linked to text abstracts on PubMed.

Sex and Age Differences in the Expression of Liver MicroRNAs During the Life Span of F344 Rats.
Kwekel J.C., Vijay V., Han T., Moland C.L., Desai V.G., and Fuscoe J.C.
Biol. Sex Differ. 2017, 8:6. doi: 10.1186/s13293-017-0127-9.

Transcriptomics Analysis of Early Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation: Applications for Detection of Developmental Toxicity.
Chen X., Han T., Fisher J.E., Harrouk W., Tassinari M.S., Merry G., Sloper D., Fuscoe J.C., Hansen D.K., and Inselman A.L.
Reprod Toxicol. 2017, 69:75-83. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2017.02.001.

Sex-Related Differential Susceptibility to Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity in B6C3F1 Mice.
Jenkins G.R., Lee T., Moland C.L., Vijay V., Herman E.H., Lewis S.M., Davis K.J., Muskhelishvili L., Kerr S., Fuscoe J.C., and Desai V.G.
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2016, 310:159-174. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2016.09.012.  

Early Metabolomics Changes in Heart and Plasma During Chronic Doxorubicin Treatment in B6C3F1 Mice.
Schnackenberg L.K., Pence L., Vijay V., Moland C.L., George N., Cao Z., Yu L.R., Fuscoe J.C., Beger R.D., and Desai V.G.
J Appl Toxicol. 2016, 36(11):1486-95. doi: 10.1002/jat.3307.   

Status of Hepatic DNA Methylome Predetermines and Modulates the Severity of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Injury in Mice. 
Tryndyak V.P., Han T., Fuscoe J.C., Ross S.A., Beland F.A., and Pogribny I.P.
BMC Genomics. 2016, 17:298. doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-2617-2.  

Early Transcriptional Changes in Cardiac Mitochondria during Chronic Doxorubicin Exposure and Mitigation by Dexrazoxane in Mice.
Vijay V., Moland C.L., Han T., Fuscoe J.C., Lee T., Herman E.H., Jenkins G.R., Lewis S.M., Cummings C.A., Gao Y., Cao Z., Yu L.R., and Desai V.G.
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2016, 295:68-84. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2016.02.003.   

Effects of Oral Exposure to Bisphenol A on Gene expression and Global Genomic DNA Methylation in the Prostate, Female Mammary Gland, and Uterus of NCTR Sprague-Dawley Rats.
Camacho L., Basavarajappa M.S., Chang C.W., Han T., Kobets T., Koturbash I., Surratt G., Lewis S.M., Vanlandingham M.M., Fuscoe J.C., Gamboa da Costa G., Pogribny I.P., and Delclos K.B.
Food Chem Toxicol. 2015, 81:92-103. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2015.04.009.   

Persistence of Furan-Induced Epigenetic Aberrations in the Livers of F344 Rats.
de Conti A., Kobets T., Tryndyak V., Burnett S.D., Han T., Fuscoe J.C., Beland F.A., Doerge D.R., and Pogribny I.P.
Toxicol Sci. 2015, 144(2):217-26. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfu313. Epub 2014 Dec 23.  

Suppression of CYP2C9 by MicroRNA hsa-miR-128-3p in Human Liver Cells and Association with Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
Yu D., Green B., Marrone A., Guo Y., Kadlubar S., Lin D., Fuscoe J., Pogribny I., and Ning B.
Sci Rep. 2015, 5:8534. doi: 10.1038/srep08534.  

Age and Sex Differences in Kidney MicroRNA Expression During the Life Span of F344 Rats.
Kwekel J.C., Vijay V., Desai V.G., Moland C.L., and Fuscoe J.C.
Biol Sex Differ. 2015, 6(1):1. doi: 10.1186/s13293-014-0019-1.  

Sexual Dimorphism in the Expression of Mitochondria-related Genes in Rat Heart at Different Ages.
Vijay V., Han T., Moland C.L., Kwekel J.C., Fuscoe J.C., and Desai V.G.
PLoS One. 2015, 10(1):e0117047. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117047.   

Early Biomarkers of Doxorubicin-Induced Heart Injury in a Mouse Model.
Desai V.G., C Kwekel J., Vijay V., Moland C.L., Herman E.H., Lee T., Han T., Lewis S.M., Davis K.J., Muskhelishvili L., Kerr S., and Fuscoe J.C.
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2014, 281(2):221-9. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2014.10.006.

MicroRNA-155 Deficient Mice Experience Heightened Kidney Toxicity when Dosed with Cisplatin.
Pellegrini K.L., Han T., Bijol V., Saikumar J., Craciun F.L., Chen W.W., Fuscoe J.C., and Vaidya V.S.
Toxicol Sci. 2014, 141(2):484-92. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfu143.  

A Comprehensive Assessment of RNA-Seq Accuracy, Reproducibility and Information Content by the Sequencing Quality Control Consortium.
SEQC/MAQC-III Consortium.
Nat Biotechnol. 2014, 32(9):903-14. doi: 10.1038/nbt.2957.  

The Concordance between RNA-Seq and Microarray Data Depends on Chemical Treatment and Transcript Abundance.
Wang C., Gong B., Bushel P.R., Thierry-Mieg J., Thierry-Mieg D., Xu J., Fang H., Hong H., Shen J., Su Z., Meehan J., Li X., Yang L., Li H., Łabaj P.P., Kreil D.P., Megherbi D., Gaj S., Caiment F., van Delft J., Kleinjans J., Scherer A., Devanarayan V., Wang J., Yang Y., Qian H.R., Lancashire L.J., Bessarabova M., Nikolsky Y., Furlanello C., Chierici M., Albanese D., Jurman G., Riccadonna S., Filosi M., Visintainer R., Zhang K.K., Li J., Hsieh J.H., Svoboda D.L., Fuscoe J.C., Deng Y., Shi L., Paules R.S., Auerbach S.S., and Tong W.
Nat Biotechnol. 2014, 32(9):926-32. doi: 10.1038/nbt.3001.   

Toxicogenomics and Cancer Susceptibility: Advances with Next-Generation Sequencing.
Ning B., Su Z., Mei N., Hong H., Deng H., Shi L., Fuscoe J.C., and Tolleson W.H.
J Environ Sci Health C Environ Carcinog Ecotoxicol Rev. 2014, 32(2):121-58. doi: 10.1080/10590501.2014.907460.

A Rat RNA-Seq Transcriptomic BodyMap across 11 Organs and 4 Developmental Stages.
Yu Y., Fuscoe J.C., Zhao C., Guo C., Jia M., Qing T., Bannon D.I., Lancashire L., Bao W., Du T., Luo H., Su Z., Jones W.D., Moland C.L., Branham W.S., Qian F., Ning B., Li Y., Hong H., Guo L., Mei N., Shi T., Wang K.Y., Wolfinger R.D., Nikolsky Y., Walker S.J., Duerksen-Hughes P., Mason C.E., Tong W., Thierry-Mieg J., Thierry-Mieg D., Shi L., and Wang C.
Nat Commun. 2014, 5:3230. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4230.  

Transcriptomic Responses Provide a New Mechanistic Basis for the Chemopreventive Effects of Folic Acid and Tributyrin in Rat Liver Carcinogenesis.
Guariento A.H., Furtado K.S., de Conti A., Campos A., Purgatto E., Carrilho J., Shinohara E.M., Tryndyak V., Han T., Fuscoe J.C., Ross S.A., Beland F.A., Pogribny I.P., and Moreno F.
Int J Cancer. 2014, 135(1):7-18. doi: 10.1002/ijc.28642.   

Metzincins and Related Genes in Experimental Renal Ageing: Towards a Unifying Fibrosis Classifier across Species.
Marti H.P., Fuscoe J.C., Kwekel J.C., Anagnostopoulou A., and Scherer A.
Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2014, 29(6):1177-85. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfu027.   

Comprehensive RNA-Seq Transcriptomic Profiling Across 11 Organs, 4 Ages, and 2 Sexes of Fischer 344 Rats.
Yu Y., Zhao C., Su Z., Wang C., Fuscoe J.C., Tong W., and Shi L.
Sci Data. 2014, 1:140013. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2014.13.   



Lab Members

Contact information for all lab members:
(870) 543-7391

Ana Clara Azevedo-Pouly, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow 

Varsha G. Desai, Ph.D.
Research Biologist

Tao Han, Ph.D.
Research Biologist

Carrie L. Moland

Bounleut Phanavanh
Research Biologist

Vikrant Vijay, Ph.D.
Visiting Scientist


Contact Information
James Fuscoe
(870) 543-7391