Colleen K Spees, PhD, RD

Colleen Spees


College of Medicine


Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Academic Title

Asst Professor

Research Program

Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention

Research Interest

Cancer ● Prostatic Cancer ● Li-Fraumeni Syndrome ● Obesity ● Pain

As a member of the Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program at the OSUCCC – James, Collen Spees, PhD, RD, focuses on nutritional genomics and cancer. In 2011, she established The Ohio State University’s first nutritional genomics graduate course.

Her laboratory research involves evaluating biomarkers of nutritional and dietary interventions in experimental and human carcinogenesis. By invitation of the American Dietetic Association, she authored a chapter on nutritional genomics and cancer for one of its books.

Dr. Spees has also served as a co-author on numerous academic articles and abstracts in scientific publications, including the American Journal of Health Behavior, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Journal of Primary Care & Communication Health and the Proceedings of the American Association for Cancer Research.

A registered dietitian, Dr. Spees has spent more than two decades taking a transdisciplinary approach to her work in nutrition and health education. She earned a national award for innovation in education from the American Dietetic Association for facilitating a project related to electronic health messages for at-risk and low socioeconomic populations. In addition, she is a member of the Food Innovation Center at Ohio State, a collaboration for a healthier, hunger-free world.


  • Fellowship, NIH TL1/T32 Doctoral Fellowship


  • Doctoral Fellowship

    NIH TL1/T32 Doctoral Fellowship

Office Location

306 Atwell Hall, Robert J (Alld Md)

453 W 10th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210



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