Dana Buckholz, M.P.H., M.S.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow, Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Contact Information

Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E208, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
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  • M.P.H. – Environmental Health Science
    University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.S. - Environmental Studies
    Adelphi University
  • B.A. - Environmental Studies
    Adelphi University


Ms. Dana Buckholz is a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellow. In this role, she works on scientific initiatives and projects for areas relevant to the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) and the Environmental Epidemiology Branch (EEB) such as physical and chemical environmental pollutants (e.g. metal exposures and persistent organic pollutants). Her interest areas include breast cancer risks driven by exposures to environmental pollutants, industrial chemicals and radiation; and risk of brain cancer associated with genetic factors and chemical exposures.

Prior to joining EGRP, Ms. Buckholz earned a Master of Public Health in environmental health science from the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park. Ms. Buckholz wrote her MPH dissertation on a literature review of extreme temperature and precipitation driven by El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and its public health impacts across the US. Ms. Buckholz also completed a Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Arts degree, both in environmental studies, from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. At Adelphi University, Ms. Buckholz conducted independent laboratory-based research identifying more than 20,000 micro-fossils for her Master of Science thesis. Ms. Buckholz grouped and then quantified the micro-fossils in each species group to provide an overview of the species distribution and correlated with historical research of sea level change across geological periods.

In 2018, Ms. Buckholz interned with the Jersey City Medical Center where she organized home-based environmental assessments and developed patient healthcare recovery plans to identify barriers impacting patient recovery and understand the impacts of social determinants of health on patient outcomes.

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