• Assistant Professor, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
  • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology
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Research Summary

My research program integrates principles from exercise science and sports nutrition across the cancer continuum to optimize body composition, physical function and conditioning, and improve related biomarkers linked with cancer risk and progression.


  • Bachelors of Science, Nutrition Science, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Master of Science, Nutrition Science, minor in Exercise Science, University of Tennessee
  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Kinesiology, Texas A&M University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Behavioral Science, Exercise Oncology, Clinical Cancer Prevention , University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


After completing my M.S. in Nutrition Science and Dietetic Internship at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN), I worked full time as a Pediatric Dietitian at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center (Baltimore, MD). This experience confirmed my interest in exercise and disease and inspired me to return to school full-time to pursue a PhD in Kinesiology. My PhD experience confirmed my interest in pursuing a career in cancer research, and thus I pursued postdoctoral training in cancer research and now hold a dual-appointment with the Huntsman Cancer Institute in the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, and the University of Utah in the Department of Health and Kinesiology.

Other Profile Data

A Select List of Publications:

1. Coletta AM, Marquez G, Thomas P, Thoman W, Austin A, Bevers T, Brewster, AB, Hawk E, Basen-Engquist K, Gilchrist SC. Clinical factors associated with adherence to aerobic and resistance physical activity guidelines among cancer prevention patients and survivors. PLOS One.14(8):e0220814. 

2. Coletta AM, Klopp AH, Fogelman D, Parikh AM, Li Y, Garg N, Basen-Engquist K. Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry compared to computed tomography for visceral adiposity assessment among gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancer survivors. Sci Rep. 2019; 9(1):115000.

3. Coletta AM, Peterson SK, Gatus L, Krause K, Schembre SM, Gilchrist SC, Schembre S, Pande M, Vilar E, You N,  Rodriguez-Bigas M, Strong LL, Lynch PM, Lu K, Basen-Engquist K. Energy balance related lifestyle factors and risk of endometrial and colorectal cancer among individuals with Lynch Syndrome: A systematic review. Fam Cancer. 2019; doi: 10.1007/s10689-019-00135-7. [Epub ahead of print].

4. Coletta AM,  Li Y, Chen M, Basen-Engquist K, Gilchrist SC. High-intensity interval training is feasible in women at high risk for breast cancer. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2019. doi:10.1249/MSS.0000000000002048.

5. Yates MS, Coletta AM, Zhang Q, Schmandt RE, Medepalli M, Nebgen D, Soletsky B, Milbourne A, Levy E, Fellman B, Urbauer D, Yuan Y, Broaddus RR, Basen-Engquist K, Lu K. Prospective randomized biomarker study of metformin and lifestyle intervention for prevention in obese postmenopausal women at increased risk for endometrial cancer. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2018; 11(8):477-90.

6. Zhang Y, Coletta AM, Allen PK, Parikh AM, Cox-Martin M, Meyer LA, Sun CC, Basen-Engquist K, Lu KH, Klopp AH. Perirenal adiposity is associated with lower progression free survival from ovarian cancer. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2018; 28(2):285-92.

7. Parikh AM, Coletta AM, Yu ZH, Rauch GM, Cheung JP, Court LE, Klopp AH. Development and validation of a rapid and robust method to determine visceral adipose tissue volume using computed tomography images. PLoS ONE. 2017; 12(8): e0183515.

8. Basen-Engquist K, Brown PH, Coletta AM,  Savage M, Maresso KC, Hawk E. Abeloff’s Clinical Oncology (Sixth Edition). Lifestyle and Cancer Prevention. Elsevier, 2020. 337-74.

For a complete list of my publications, please see my ORCID profile: