Tram Kim Lam, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Program Director
Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Telephone: (240) 276-6967
Fax: (240) 276-7920

  • Ph.D. - Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • M.P.H. - Public Health and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • B.S. - Biology, Yale University
Contact for questions about:
  • Infectious agents
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Epigenetics
  • Health disparities


Dr. Tram Kim Lam is a Program Director in the Environmental Epidemiology Branch of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). She oversees a research grant portfolio that focuses on modifiable factors (e.g., infectious agents, environmental exposures, genomics, and lifestyles) and the interplay between determinants of cancer and how they influence susceptibility to cancer nationally and globally.

Dr. Lam is involved in several trans-NIH and NCI scientific initiatives. She is the lead scientific contact on two Funding Opportunity Announcements: Epidemiologic Research on Emerging Risk Factors and Liver Cancer Susceptibility (R01 and R21) and Co-infection and Cancer (R01 and R21). She is a scientific contact for multiple initiatives across several scientific areas, including disparities in immigrant populations (R01 and R21), liver diseases and cancer (R01 and R21), biology of bladder cancer (R01 and R21), age-related microbiota (R01 and R21), a U.S.-China bilateral agreement (R01), and several administrative supplement notices.

Additionally, Dr. Lam is the NCI Program Director for the transdisciplinary Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) and, in collaboration with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), provides programmatic stewardship and oversight of the consortium. BCERP is funded through cooperative agreements between NCI and NIEHS. Dr. Lam first joined EGRP in 2012 as a member of EGRP's Knowledge Integration Team and a Program Director in EGRP's Office of the Associate Director.

Dr. Lam began her post-doctoral career at NCI as a Cancer Prevention Fellow and then became a Cancer Research Training Fellow in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). As a Fellow, she designed, developed, implemented, and evaluated genomic/epidemiologic research in cancer etiology and outcomes related to genetic and lifestyle factors. During her public health career, Dr. Lam's research interests crossed disciplines and included epidemiologic studies on genetic and lifestyle factors associated with cancers, international collaboration on HIV-AIDS intervention in Southeast Asia and East Africa, and community-participatory research and health promotion to reduce cervical cancer incidence in underserved populations.

Select Publications

Lam TK, Chang CQ, Rogers SD, Khoury MJ, Schully SD. Lam et al. Respond to "driving for further evolution". Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Apr 1;181(7):463.

Lam TK, Chang CQ, Rogers SD, Khoury MJ, Schully SD. Evolution of the "drivers" of translational cancer epidemiology: analysis of funded grants and the literature. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Apr 1;181(7):451-8.

Schully SD, Lam TK, Dotson WD, Chang CQ, Aronson N, Birkeland ML, Brewster SJ, Boccia S, Buchanan AH, Calonge N, Calzone K, Djulbegovic B, Goddard KA, Klein RD, Klein TE, Lau J, Long R, Lyman GH, Morgan RL, Palmer CG, Relling MV, Rubinstein WS, Swen JJ, Terry SF, Williams MS, Khoury MJ. Evidence synthesis and guideline development in genomic medicine: current status and future prospects. Genet Med. 2015 Jan; 17(1):63-7.

Spitz M, Lam TK, Schully SD, Khoury MJ. The next generation of large-scale epidemiologic research: implications for training cancer epidemiologists. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Nov 15;180(10):964-7

Lam TK, Rotunno M, Ryan BM, Pesatori AC, Bertazzi PA, Spitz M, Caporaso NE, Landi MT. Heme-related gene expression signatures of meat intakes in lung cancer tissues. Mol Carcinog. 2014 Jul; 53(7):548-56.

Lam TK, Spitz M, Schully SD, Khoury MJ. "Drivers" of translational cancer epidemiology in the 21st century: needs and opportunities. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013;22(2):181-8.

Khoury MJ, Lam TK, Ioannidis JP, Hartge P, Spitz MR, Buring JE, Chanock SJ, Croyle RT, Goddard KA, Ginsburg GS, Herceg Z, Hiatt RA, Hoover RN, Hunter DJ, Kramer BS, Lauer MS, Meyerhardt JA, Olopade OI, Palmer JR, Sellers TA, Seminara D, Ransohoff DF, Rebbeck TR, Tourassi G, Winn DM, Zauber A, Schully SD. Transforming epidemiology for 21st century medicine and public health. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Apr;22(4):508-16.

Lam TK, Schully SD, Rogers SD, Benkeser R, Reid B, Khoury MJ. Provocative questions in cancer epidemiology in a time of scientific innovation and budgetary constraints. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013;22(4):496-500.

Lam TK, Shao S, Zhao Y, Marincola F, Pesatori A, Bertazzi PA, Caporaso NE, Wang E, Landi MT. Influence of quercetin-rich food intake on microRNA expression in lung cancer tissues. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012;21(12):2176-84.

Koshiol J, Lam TK, Gridley G, Check D, Brown LM, Landgren O. Racial differences in chronic immune stimulatory conditions and risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in veterans from the United States. J Clin Oncol. 2011;29(4):378-85.

Lam TK, Rotunno M, Lubin JH, Wacholder S, Consonni D, Pesatori AC, Bertazzi PA, Chanock SJ, Burdette L, Goldstein AM, et al. Dietary quercetin, quercetin-gene interaction, metabolic gene expression in lung tissue and lung cancer risk. Carcinogenesis. 2010;31(4):634-42.

Lam TK, Ruczinski I, Helzlsouer K, Shugart YY, Li KE, Clipp S, Strickland PT, Alberg AJ. Copy number variants of GSTM1 and GSTT1 in relation to lung cancer risk in a prospective cohort study. Ann Epidemiol. 2009;19(8):546-52.

Lam TK, Cross AJ, Consonni D, Randi G, Bagnardi V, Bertazzi PA, Caporaso NE, Sinha R, Subar AF, Landi MT. Intakes of red meat, processed meat, and meat mutagens increase lung cancer risk. Cancer Res. 2009;69(3):932-9.

Lam TK, McPhee SJ, Mock J, Wong C, Doan HT, Nguyen T, Lai KQ, Ha-Iaconis T, Luong TN. Encouraging Vietnamese-American women to obtain Pap tests through lay health worker outreach and media education. J Gen Intern Med. 2003;18(7):516-24.