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 cohorts 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

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

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

Phone: (240) 276-6748

Dr. Seminara will be on an Intergovernment Personnel ActExternal Web Site Policy assignment to the Stanford Cancer InstituteExternal Web Site Policy from June 2014 to June 2015 as a Consulting Professor in Population Sciences. During this time, Dr. Seminara can be reached via e-mail for science-related questions but will not have any grants management responsibilities or input on funding decisions.

  • 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

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

Phone: (240) 276-6723

  • 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

Phone: (240) 276-7201

  • 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.

Lane, Crystal, M.P.H., M.S.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-6771

  • Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC)
  • Improving the quality of post-treatment survival for cancer patients
  • Generating collaborative resources for cancer prevention, care, and research
Communications Team

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

Phone: (240) 276-6743

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

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

Phone: (240) 276-6716

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

Kern, Anna, M.A.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-6928

  • Women's health
  • Cancer
  • Social marketing campaigns
  • Utilizing mobile and social media platforms for behavior change
Grant Portfolio Management and Evaluation

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

Phone: (240) 276-6932

  • Genetic susceptibility to cancer

Carter, Daniel
Program Analyst

Phone: (240) 276-6747

  • Not Available
Knowledge Integration Team

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

Phone: (240) 276-6936

  • 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

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


  • 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

Phone: (240) 276-6967

  • Cancer epidemiology, including environmental factors, genetic factors, gene-environment interactions
  • Knowledge Integration to advance research by synthesizing cross-disciplinary knowledge, identifying scientific gaps, and translating epidemiologic findings
  • Novel infectious agents and their association with cancer
  • Understudied populations in cancer epidemiology

Qadir, Ximena Vanegas, Ph.D.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-6742

  • Public health genomics
  • Research translation
  • Data access and sharing
  • Reducing health disparities
  • Cancer risk prediction and risk reduction
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Knowledge integration tools
Planning and Budget Management Team

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

Phone: (240) 276-6898

  • 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

  • Not Available

Thompson, Marta
Program Specialist

Phone: (240) 276-6872

  • Not Available

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