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

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

Silvia Balbo, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences


Director of Graduate Studies


PhD, Medical Chemistry/Genetic Toxicology, University of Torino, 2006
MS, Medicinal Chemistry, University of Torino, 2002
Post-Doctorate, Molecular Cancer Epidemiology, International Agency for Cancer Research, Lyon, France, 2006-2008
Post-Doctorate, Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention, University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, 2008-2010


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. 


Analytical chemistry, Cancer etiology, Environmental exposures, Biomarkers, Mass spectrometry, DNA damage.

Awards and Recognition

  • University of Minnesota Global Health Faculty Mentor Award, 2020
  • American Chemical Society Chemical Research in Toxicology Young Investigator Award, 2019
  • American Society for Mass Spectrometry Emerging Investigator, 2017
  • ISSNAF Hogan Lovells Award for Research in Medicine, Biosciences and Cognitive Science, Italian Embassy, Washington D.C., 2016
  • Pi Chapter of the Delta Omega honorary Public Health Society, 2015
  • ECNIS - European Network of Excellence on Cancer and Nutrition travel award, 2007

Professional Associations

  • American Chemical Society
  • Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society

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