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Cancer Epidemiology

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology closely aligns with the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center to decrease cancer incidence and mortality. To this end, research in the division aims to determine how the environment, behavior and genetics, alone and in combination, influence cancer risk and elucidate mechanisms underlying these associations, and to identify biomarkers of risk and outcomes.

Currently, the division focuses on four primary research areas as related to cancer:  

  1. infection and inflammation;
  2. nutrition and metabolism;
  3. endocrinology; and
  4. genetics.

Studies are ongoing to identify: 

  • serum biomarkers associated with cancer risk and develop risk prediction models
  • genetic and epigenetic determinants of risk as well as gene-environment interactions associated with risk using both targeted pathway and GWAS strategies
  • the role of the host microbiota in determining risk vis-à-vis effects on susceptibility to infection
  • the effects of early life exposures on risk

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology has an international presence and partners with investigators in Nigeria to understand the basis for global disparities in cancer risk and identify remedies. The division welcomes graduate and post-doctoral students interested in cancer epidemiology training.