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Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Rachel Hanisch, PhD, MPH

Program Director
Genomic Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Telephone: 240-781-3312

  • PhD – Epidemiology
    University of Washington
  • MPH – Epidemiology
    Tulane University
  • BS – Zoology, Spanish
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
Contact for questions about:
  • Epidemiologic methods
  • Global health
  • Health disparities


Rachel Hanisch, PhD, MPH, is a program director in the Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB) of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Her responsibilities include managing research and grant activities related to global health, epidemiologic principles and methodology, and health disparities. She serves as an NCI representative on the IARC Cancer Caribbean Cancer Registry HubExternal Web Site Policy and is also the executive secretary for the NCI Cohort Consortium.

Dr. Hanisch is an epidemiologist with experience conducting studies related to cancer epidemiology, screening, and treatment in diverse international settings including South America, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Prior to joining EGRP, she served as a cancer program manager for the President’s Cancer Panel. In this position, she contributed to the Panel’s mission to monitor the activities of the National Cancer Program and report on barriers to progress in reducing the burden of cancer in the United States.

Dr. Hanisch completed her postdoctoral training at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. During her research career, Dr. Hanisch has developed expertise in a variety of areas including cancer screening and treatment in low-resource settings, cancer policy, and instruction of epidemiologic methods and scientific communication.

Select Publications

See listing of publications authored by Dr. Hanisch in PubMed.