silvia balbo
Office Address:
2-145 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building
Mailing Address:

Masonic Cancer Center
2231 6th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Silvia Balbo, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences


Faculty, MS and PhD Programs in Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT)
Member, Masonic Cancer Center (MCC)


PhD, Medical Chemistry/Genetic Toxicology, University of Torino
MS, Medicinal Chemistry, University of Torino
Post-Doctorate, Molecular Cancer Epidemiology, International Agency for Cancer Research, Lyon, France
Post-Doctorate, Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention, University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center


I study the interaction of DNA and chemicals to investigate how lifestyle and environment exposures cause disease. My work focuses on the development of mass spectrometry-based methods for the identification and quantification of DNA addition products (called adducts) in animals and humans. 


Environment & exposures, food & nutrition, alcohol, tobacco, DNA damage, mass spectrometry, exposome, cancer, analytical chemistry, metabolism.

Awards and Recognition

  • Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society
  • 2007 ECNIS - European Network of Excellence on Cancer and Nutrition travel award
  • 2015 Pi Chapter of the Delta Omega honorary Public Health Society
  • 2016 ISSNAF Hogan Lovells Award for research in Medicine, Biosciences and cognitive science Italian Embassy, Washington D.C. October 18, 2016
  • 2019 American Chemical Society, Chemical Research in Toxicology Young Investigator award.
  • 2020 CGHSR (Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility) Faculty Mentor Award

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society for Mass Spectrometry

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