Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB)

The Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB) 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.

GEB'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.

GEB Staff

Branch Name / Title / Contact Info Interest Areas

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

Phone: (240) 276-6764

  • Genetic epidemiology of cancer

Brignole, Katy, M.Sc.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-5612

  • Global health
  • Health disparities
  • Risk and the role of environment
  • Behavior
  • Genes in disease
  • Spatial-temporal epidemiology
  • Cervical cancer
  • Infectious agents and cancer
  • Mixed methods research
  • Appropriate low cost technologies for low resource settings

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

Phone: (240) 276-6738

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

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

Phone: (240) 276-6749

  • Immunology, infectious diseases, and autoimmune diseases associated with cancer risk
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacogenomics
  • Biospecimen research
  • Functional genomics

Chenjo, Charmeeka
Program Support Assistant

Phone: (240) 276-6739

  • Not Available

Daee, Danielle, Ph.D.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-5744

  • Genetic susceptibility to cancer

Lee, Jennifer, M.P.H.
Contractor, Genomic Data Sharing Analyst

Phone: (240) 276-7333

  • Dietary and lifestyle factors
  • Obesity and energy balance
  • Genetic and molecular epidemiology
  • Pediatric nutrition

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

Phone: (240) 276-6746

  • Cancer disparities in underserved populations
  • Cancer epidemiologic research in understudied populations
  • Global health and cancer epidemiology
  • Cancer registry development in the Caribbean

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

Phone: (240) 276-6847

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

Mustafa, Ruman
Contractor, Genomic Data Sharing Analyst

Phone: (240) 276-7154

  • Mental health
  • Women’s health
  • Vulnerable populations such as the elderly and people with disabilities

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

Phone: (240) 276-6944

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

Rotunno, Melissa, Ph.D.,
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-7245

  • Genetic epidemiology of lung cancer, breast cancer, melanoma and Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Application of new analytical methods in genomics
  • Pleiotropic effects in cancer susceptibility
  • Next-generation sequencing in cancer epidemiology

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

Phone: (240) 276-6843

  • Metabolomics
  • 'Omics data integration

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