EGRP Staff List

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If you do not know who in EGRP to contact for help with your specific questions/information requests, call the EGRP main phone number, (240) 276-6730.

The following is the staff list for the EGRP. Click on a branch to learn more:

Office of the Associate Director (OAD)

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.

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Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch (CTEB)

The Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch (CTEB) focuses on etiologic and genomic factors that influence cancer progression, recurrence, survival, and other treatment outcomes, and factors associated with cancer development among individuals with underlying diseases and conditions.

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Host Susceptibility Factors Branch (HSFB)

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.

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Methods and Technologies Branch (MTB)

The Methods and Technologies Branch (MTB) focuses on methods to address epidemiologic data collection, study design and analysis, and to modify technological approaches developed in the context of other research endeavors for use as biomarkers and methods to understand cancer susceptibility.

Learn more about the Methods and Technologies Branch

Modifiable Risk Factors Branch (MRFB)

The Modifiable Risk Factors Branch (MRFB) focuses on factors to reduce cancer risk in humans, including exposures to nutritional components; physical activity and energy balance; alcohol and tobacco; and infectious, physical, and chemical agents.

Learn more about the Modifiable Risk Factors Branch

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Branch Name / Title / Contact Info Scientific Interest Areas
OAD Office of the Associate Director  
OAD

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

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
OAD

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
OAD

Carter, Daniel
Program Analyst

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

  • Not Available
OAD

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
OAD

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
OAD

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
OAD

Kennedy, Amy, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow, Cohorts and Consortia Team

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
OAD

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

Phone: (240) 276-6928
Email: kernak@mail.nih.gov

  • Women's health
  • Cancer
  • Social marketing campaigns
  • Utilizing mobile and social media platforms for behavior change
OAD

Lai, Gabriel, Ph.D.
Program Director, Cohorts 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.
OAD

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

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

  • 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
OAD

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

Phone: (240) 276-6771
Email: crystal.lane@nih.gov

  • 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
OAD

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

Phone: (240) 276-6742
Email: qadirxv@mail.nih.gov

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

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

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

  • Genetic susceptibility to cancer
OAD

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
OAD

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

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

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
OAD

Tabron, Felicia
Program Specialist

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

  • Not Available
OAD

Thompson, Marta
Program Specialist

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

  • Not Available
CTEB Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch  
CTEB

Freedman, Andrew N., Ph.D.
Branch Chief

Phone: (240) 276-6697
Email: freedmaa@mail.nih.gov

  • Developing, applying, and evaluating prediction models for cancer risk and prognosis
  • Developing benefit/risk indices for pharmaceuticals used to prevent and treat cancer
  • Identifying clinical, epidemiologic, and pharmacogenomic factors related to cancer treatment outcomes
CTEB

Bradley, Marie, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Pharm.
Cancer Prevention Fellow

Phone: (240) 240-6883
Email: bradleymc@mail.nih.gov

  • Effects of routinely used medications on cancer risk and disease prevention
  • Adverse and/or long-term effects of chemotherapeutic and other pharmacologic agents used in the treatment of cancer
CTEB

Cook, Allison
Extramural Support Specialist

Phone: (240) 276-6687
Email: cookal@mail.nih.gov

  • Cancer and the Environment
  • Global Health
  • Risk Communication about Environmental Public Health
  • Long-term Effects of Exposure to Radiation and Toxins
  • Food Security
  • Urban Public Health Systems
CTEB

Watters Elena, Joanne, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6818
Email: wattersj@mail.nih.gov

  • Dietary and lifestyle risk factors related to cancer progression, recurrence, and survival outcomes
CTEB

Filipski, Kelly K., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6841
Email: filipskikk@mail.nih.gov

  • Pharmacogenomic factors related to cancer treatment outcomes and toxicity
CTEB

Marcus, Pam, Ph.D.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6901
Email: marcusp@mail.nih.gov

  • Cancer epidemiology and screening
  • Cancer risk in persons with chronic conditions
  • Operations and management of large, multicenter initiatives, including clinical trials
  • Lung cancer
CTEB

Rivera, Donna, PharmD.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-7674
Email: donna.rivera@nih.gov

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pediatric Pharmacotherapy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Genetic Biomarkers
  • Chemotherapeutics
  • Risk Modeling
  • Adverse Events
  • Women's Health
  • Patient Safety
CTEB

Shelburne, Nonniekaye F., C.R.N.P., M.S., A.O.C.N.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6897
Email: nshelburne@mail.nih.gov

  • Epidemiology and benefit-risk prediction models for clinical oncology practice related to cancer treatment outcomes and toxicity and translation into clinical oncology practice
HSFB Host Susceptibility Factors Branch  
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
MTB Methods and Technologies Branch  
MTB

Verma, Mukesh, Ph.D.
Branch Chief

Phone: (240) 276-6889
Email: vermam@mail.nih.gov

  • Biomarkers
  • Epigenetics
  • Epidemiology Technologies
  • Proteomics
  • MicroRNA
  • Methylation
  • Mitochondria
  • Nanotechnology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Susceptibility Factors
  • Systems Genetics
  • Metabolomics
MTB

Cook, Sherri
Program Support Assistant

Phone: (240) 276-6937
Email: cooksh@od.nih.gov

  • Not Available
MTB

Divi, Rao L., Ph.D.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6913
Email: divir@mail.nih.gov

  • Methods for Cancer Epidemiology
  • DNA Damage
  • Genomic Rearrangements
  • Chromosomal Translocations
  • Retrotransposons
  • Preclinical Markers
  • MicroRNA
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Transcriptomics
  • Functional Genomics
  • Molecular Markers
  • Methods for Risk Assessment
  • Toxicity and Carcinogenicity
  • High-Throughput Screening
  • Bioinformatics
  • Exposome
  • Exosomes
  • Oncosomes
MTB

Hebert, Elizabeth
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-5946
Email: hebertef@mail.nih.gov

  • Neuroscience
  • Neurochemistry
  • Genetics
MTB

Overton, Adrienne, M.P.A.
Program Analyst

Phone: (240) 276-6682
Email: overtona@mail.nih.gov

  • Infectious diseases
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Health disparities/underserved populations
  • Health policy
MTB

Starks, Vaurice L.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6968
Email: starksv@mail.nih.gov

  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Focusing on HIV and HPV
MRFB Modifiable Risk Factors Branch  
MRFB

Reid, Britt C., D.D.S., Ph.D.
Branch Chief

Phone: (240) 276-6725
Email: reidbr@mail.nih.gov

  • Susceptibility to environmental determinants of cancer
  • Climate change as cancer risk modifier
  • Household air-pollution from solid fuel combustion
MRFB

Aja, Hayley
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-6469
Email: ajahp@mail.nih.gov

  • Air pollution and its effects on various health outcomes
  • Global health
  • Infectious disease
  • Occupational and environmental epidemiology
MRFB

Dold, Georgia
Extramural Support Specialist

Phone: (240) 276-6784
Email: georgiadold@mail.nih.gov

  • Not Available
MRFB

Ellison, Gary L., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6783
Email: ellisong@mail.nih.gov

  • Elucidating the role of physical and chemical exposures, lifestyle, social factors and the broader environment in cancer incidence and progression
  • Cancer disparities
  • Early-life exposures; global health
  • Cancers of the breast, prostate, colon, and rectum
MRFB

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

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

  • 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
MRFB

Lee, Jennifer, M.P.H.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-7333
Email: jennifer.lee7@nih.gov

  • Dietary and lifestyle factors
  • Obesity
  • Energy balance
  • Physical activity
  • Pediatric nutrition
MRFB

Mahabir, Somdat, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6941
Email: mahabir@mail.nih.gov

  • Early-life exposures/events and cancer development later in life (childhood and adult cancers)
  • Obesity/energy balance mechanisms and cancer
  • Impact of diet and medications on gut microbiome in cancer etiology and prevention
  • Nutraceuticals and alternative dietary supplements
  • Cancer and non-communicable diseases (NCDS) in the Caribbean/Latin America

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