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

Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E224, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)

Interest Areas

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


  • Ph.D. - Pharmacology
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.H.S. - Clinical Research
    Duke University
  • B.S. - Biology
    University of Richmond


Dr. Danielle Mercatante Carrick is a Program Director in the Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB)—formerly the Host Susceptibility Factors Branch (HSFB)—of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). She is responsible for managing a research grant portfolio related to genetic and immunologic factors that influence personal susceptibility to cancer, including inflammation. She is the DCCPS biospecimen coordinator, the EGRP contact for NCI's Provocative QuestionsExternal Web Site Policy, and she helps coordinate the EGRP webinar series Transforming Epidemiology through Advanced Methods (TEAM).

Dr. Carrick has worked for more than 16 years as a molecular pharmacologist and clinical researcher, with experience conducting epidemiological, biomedical, genetic, and pharmacological research studies focused on cancer, biospecimen science, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, immunology, and transfusion medicine. Prior to joining EGRP, she served as Co-Deputy Project Director and Biospecimen Lead for the NCI's Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial and as an Epidemiologist for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study II (REDS-II)worked at Westat, Inc.

Dr. Carrick completed her postdoctoral training as an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow in the Office of Clinical Research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). She conducted studies to examine potential genetic associations with cancer, autoimmune disorders, asthma, and congenital hydrocephalus; and to develop laboratory tests that measured immune regulator gene expression levels in whole blood and monocytes in response to environmental factors. While at NIEHS, Dr. Carrick was selected to receive training in epidemiology through the NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research.


Carrick DM, Mette E, Hoyle B, Rogers SD, Gillanders EM, Schully SD, Mechanic LE. The use of biospecimens in population-based research: a review of the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences grant portfolioExternal Web Site Policy. Biopreserv Biobank. 2014 Aug;12(4):240-5.

Altekruse SF, Rosenfeld GE, Carrick DM, Pressman EJ, Schully SD, Mechanic LE, Cronin KA, Hernandez BY, Lynch CF, Cozen W, Khoury MJ, Penberthy LT. SEER cancer registry biospecimen research: yesterday and tomorrowExternal Web Site Policy. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Dec;23(12):2681-7.

Delwart E, Slikas E, Stramer SL, Kamel H, Kessler D, Krysztof D, Tobler LH, Carrick DM, Steele W, Todd D, Wright DJ, Kleinman SH, Busch MP; NHLBI-REDS-II Study Group. Genetic diversity of recently acquired and prevalent HIV, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus infections in US blood donorsExternal Web Site Policy. J Infect Dis. 2012 Mar 15;205(6):875-85.

Kleinman SH, Triulzi DJ, Murphy EL, Carey PM, Gottschall JL, Roback JD, Carrick D, Mathew S, Wright DJ, Cable R, Ness P, Gajic O, Hubmayr RD, Looney MR, Kakaiya RM; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study-II. The Leukocyte Antibody Prevalence Study-II (LAPS-II): a retrospective cohort study of transfusion-related acute lung injury in recipients of high-plasma-volume human leukocyte antigen antibody-positive or -negative componentsExternal Web Site Policy. Transfusion. 2011 Oct;51(10):2078-91.

Carrick DM, Norris PJ, Endres RO, Pandey S, Kleinman SH, Wright D, Sun Y, Busch MP; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study-II. Establishing assay cutoffs for HLA antibody screening of apheresis donorsExternal Web Site Policy. Transfusion. 2011 Oct;51(10):2092-101.

Carrick DM, Blackshear PJ. Comparative expression of tristetraprolin (TTP) family member transcripts in normal human tissues and cancer cell linesExternal Web Site Policy. Arch Biochem Biophys. 2007 Jun 15;462(2):278-85.

Carrick DM, Chulada P, Donn R, Fabris M, McNicholl J, Whitworth W, Blackshear PJ. Genetic variations in ZFP36 and their possible relationship to autoimmune diseasesExternal Web Site Policy. J Autoimmun. 2006 May;26(3):182-96.

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