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Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Tram Kim Lam, PhD, MPH

Branch Chief
Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Telephone: 240-276-6967

  • PhD - Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • MPH - Public Health and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • BS - Biology, Yale University
Contact for questions about:
  • Infectious agents
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Environmental exposures
  • Health disparities and health equity


Tram Kim Lam, PhD, MPH, is chief of the Environmental Epidemiology Branch of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Dr. Lam leads a group of program directors who have expertise that spans all domains of the exposome, including the general external (e.g., broader social context), specific external (e.g., lifestyle factors, environmental pollutants, chemical, physical and infectious agents), and internal environments (e.g., biomarkers of effect, early damage). She also 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 numerous cross-agency efforts and trans-NIH/NCI scientific initiatives, including the Building the Next Generation of Research Cohorts (PAR-22-161), the Metabolic Dysregulation and Cancer Risk Program, 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 on multiple notices of funding opportunities (NOFOs) across several scientific areas, including disparities in Asian-Americans (NOT-HL-23-001) and investigating the biology of bladder cancer (R01 and R21).

Previously, Dr. Lam was 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.

She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Yale University and doctoral degree in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She 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. 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

See listing of articles authored by Dr. Lam in PubMed.