Office of the Associate Director (OAD)

Muin J. Khoury, M.D., Ph.D.
Acting Associate Director

The Office of the Associate Director (OAD) develops and implements the mission and scientific and strategic agenda of the Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program (EGRP). Its functions include scientific cohort and consortia coordination, knowledge integration and management activities, grant portfolio management and evaluation, planning and budget management, and communications.

The OAD:

  • Integrates and coordinates the activities of the component Branches by establishing program priorities, allocating resources, staff, and assignments; and manages scientific activities and portfolios that cross Branch boundaries;
  • Evaluates Program effectiveness through use of external working groups, boards, expert consultants, professional organizations, and Program grantees;
  • Facilitates the development and operation of consortia that can conduct the types of large-scale collaborative epidemiologic studies needed to address complex questions about the etiology of cancer; and
  • Represents the Program in a wide range of scientific and management settings, and provides advice to NCI senior leadership and advisory committees on matters pertaining to the Program and cancer epidemiology.

OAD Staff

OAD Team Name / Title / Contact Info Interest Areas
Associate Director (Acting)

Khoury, Muin J., M.D., Ph.D.

Phone: (240) 276-6888
Email: khourym@mail.nih.gov

  • Epidemiologic methods in research, policy, and practice
  • Human genome epidemiology
  • Public health genomics
  • Multidisciplinary translation research
  • Cancer Epidemiology and Genomics
Cohort and Consortia Coordination Team

Seminara, Daniela, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Senior Scientist and Cohort and Consortia Coordination Team Lead

Phone: (240) 276-6748
Email: seminard@mail.nih.gov

  • Genomic epidemiology of cancer, including gene-gene and gene-environment interactions
  • Application of genomic epidemiology to public health, disease prevention, and therapy
  • Cross-disciplinary knowledge synthesis in cancer and other complex diseases
  • Familial cancer registries
  • Collaborative research through interdisciplinary cancer consortia, including data sharing policies

DeRycke, Eric, M.P.H.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-6771
Email: eric.derycke@nih.gov

  • Genomic epidemiology of cancer

Kennedy, Amy, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-6723
Email: kennedyae@mail.nih.gov

  • Genetic susceptibility to cancer
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Public health genomics
  • Effect modifiers in genetic association studies
  • Gene-gene and gene-environment interactions
  • Cancer/health disparities
  • Childhood cancer

Lai, Gabriel, Ph.D.
Program Director, Cohort and Consortia Team

Phone: (240) 276-7201
Email: laigy@mail.nih.gov

  • Lifestyle factors such as diet, obesity, diabetes, and energy metabolism that relate to cancer risk and etiology and contribute to disparities in the U.S. and other countries.

Lepage, Pascale, Ph.D.
Contractor, Public Health Advisor

Phone: (240) 276-6902
Email: lepagep@mail.nih.gov

  • Molecular biology of lung cancer
Communications Team

Kaefer, Christine M., M.B.A., R.D.
Communications Coordinator

Phone: (240) 276-6743
Email: kaeferc@mail.nih.gov

  • Translating scientific findings for diverse audiences
  • Communicating complex health risk information

Anderson, Linda, M.P.A.
Contractor, Communications Consultant

Phone: (240) 276-6853
Email: andersonli@mail.nih.gov

  • Not Available

Babkirk, Audrey, M.P.H.
Contactor, Communications Consultant

Phone: (240) 276-6716
Email: babkirkaj@mail.nih.gov

  • New media for health communication, reproductive health, behavioral economics, social entrepreneurship, HIV/AIDS, and global health
Grant Portfolio Management and Evaluation

Rogers, Scott D., M.P.H.
Public Health Advisor

Phone: (240) 276-6932
Email: rogerssc@mail.nih.gov

  • Genetic susceptibility to cancer

Carter, Daniel
Contractor, Management Analyst

Phone: (240) 276-6747
Email: carterdr@mail.nih.gov

  • Not Available
Knowledge Integration Team

Schully, Sheri D., Ph.D.
Knowledge Integration Team Lead

Phone: (240) 276-6936
Email: schullys@mail.nih.gov

  • Using the tools of Knowledge Integration to uncover what is known or unknown about cancer epidemiology
  • Translation of genome-based knowledge and technologies to improve population health and the use of biospecimens in research

Chang, Christine, M.P.H.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-6742
Email: christine.chang2@nih.gov

  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Modifiable risk factors and health-related behaviors
  • Communicating health information to the lay public
  • Use of GIS in public health

Clyne, Mindy, M.H.S.
Contractor, Research Associate

Email: mindy.clyne@nih.gov

  • Human genome epidemiology
  • Public health genomics
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Database design and application for analysis and translation of genomic information

Lam, Tram K., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director, Knowledge Integration Team

Phone: (240) 276-6967
Email: lamt@nih.gov

  • Using the tools of Knowledge Integration to canvas the interdisciplinary field of cancer epidemiology and advance research by synthesizing prior knowledge, incorporating new information, identifying gaps, and translating findings
  • Investigating how environmental factors influence or interact with genomic factors, and how these affect cancers and cancer outcomes
Planning and Budget Management Team

Harvey, Chinonye (Nonye), M.P.H.
Public Health Advisor

Phone: (240) 276-6898
Email: harveyn@mail.nih.gov

  • Global health
  • Health disparities research
  • Role of lifestyle, the environment, and early life exposures in cancer and cancer-related outcomes

Tabron, Felicia
Program Specialist

Phone: (240) 276-6779
Email: tabronfa@mail.nih.gov

  • Not Available

Thompson, Marta
Program Specialist

Phone: (240) 276-6872
Email: thompsonma@mail.nih.gov

  • Not Available

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