Host Susceptibility Factors Branch (HSFB)

Elizabeth M. Gillanders, Ph.D.
Branch Chief

The Host Susceptibility Factors Branch (HSFB) focuses on factors that influence personal susceptibility to cancer, such as genetic, epigenetic, immunological, and hormonal biological pathways; and social, cultural, and race/ethnic factors.

HSFB's mission is to plan, develop, direct, coordinate, and evaluate:

  • A comprehensive program of epidemiologic research in the etiology of cancer in human populations related to host (i.e., personal) susceptibility factors such as genetic, epigenetic, immunological and hormonal biological pathways; and social, cultural, and race/ethnicity factors;
  • A program of epidemiologic research to study differences in cancer susceptibility and risk in individuals and populations and the multiple environmental and genetic factors that jointly contribute to cancer, with the ultimate goal of elucidating the etiology of cancer;
  • A program of extramural epidemiologic research to evaluate the association of and magnitude of cancer risk associated with biomarkers of host susceptibility such as physiological status or function; and
  • Research resources, infrastructures, and consortia with a focus on personal susceptibility factors to facilitate and maximize the scientific potential of cancer epidemiology research.

Its mission also is to disseminate findings from the research supported by the Branch to the public, health care professionals, scientists engaged in cancer control, and the public health community.


HSFB Staff

Branch Name / Title / Contact Info Interest Areas
HSFB

Gillanders, Elizabeth M., Ph.D.
Branch Chief

Phone: (240) 276-6764
Email: lgilland@mail.nih.gov

  • Genetic epidemiology of cancer
HSFB

Caga-anan, Charlisse, J.D.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6738
Email: cagaananef@mail.nih.gov

  • Ethics of genomics and genetics research
  • Health law and bioethics
HSFB

Carrick, Danielle Mercatante, Ph.D., M.H.S.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6749
Email: carrick@mail.nih.gov

  • Immunology, infectious diseases, and autoimmune diseases associated with cancer risk
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacogenomics in relation to cancer risk
  • Biospecimen research
  • Translational medicine
HSFB

Chenjo, Charmeeka
Program Support Assistant

Phone: (240) 276-6739
Email: chenjoc@mail.nih.gov

  • Not Available
HSFB

Green, Tiffany, M.H.S., M.P.H.
Contractor, Program Analyst

Phone: (240) 276-6962
Email: greentif@mail.nih.gov

  • Ethical and social issues surrounding advances in the genetic epidemiology of cancer and infectious diseases
HSFB

Martin, Damali N., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6746
Email: martinda@mail.nih.gov

  • Health disparities in populations of African descent, globally
  • Global Health and cancer epidemiology with focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean
HSFB

Mechanic, Leah E., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6847
Email: mechanil@mail.nih.gov

  • Gene-gene and gene-environment interactions
  • Biospecimen science
  • Molecular epidemiology of lung cancer
  • Hematological malignancies
  • Endometrial cancer
HSFB

Nelson, Stefanie A., Ph.D.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6944
Email: nelsons@mail.nih.gov

  • Genetic differences affecting cancer risk and response to treatment
  • Understanding the function of cancer risk variants
  • Interactions between the germline and somatic cancer genomes
HSFB

Tingle, Sharna, M.P.H.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-6934
Email: tinglesr@mail.nih.gov

  • Health policy
  • Bioethics
  • Public health genetics
HSFB

Zanetti, Krista A., Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6843
Email: zanettik@mail.nih.gov

  • Molecular epidemiology of lung and colon cancer
  • Genome-wide association studies
  • Use of emerging technologies in epidemiology studies
  • Biological determinants of health disparities associated with cancer

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