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Neil E. Caporaso, M.D.

Branch Chief and Senior Investigator

Neil E. Caporaso, M.D.

Neil E. Caporaso, M.D.

Organization:National Cancer Institute
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Genetic Epidemiology Branch
Address:NCI Shady Grove
Room 6E430


Dr. Caporaso received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In 1983 he came to the NCI as an Oncology fellow in the Medicine Branch. He served as a research fellow and biotechnology fellow in the Environmental Epidemiology Branch of NCI. Since 1996, he has been the Chief of the Pharmacogenetics Section, Genetic Epidemiology Branch. He is a current member of the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) steering committee, the DCEG Lung Cancer Interest Group, the NCI Program Review Group for Lung Cancer, and the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) Biomarkers and Research Evaluation Subcommittees. He helps guide NCI Tobacco priorities and implementation of tobacco-related research as Co-Chair of the Tobacco Research Opportunity Team. He is the Chair of the Phenotype Harmonization Committee for GENEVA (GeneEnvironment Association Studies) and Co-Chair of the PhenX group, creating standard questionnaire modules for studies of cancer in populations. He is PI of a Grant funded by GENEVA under the Gene-Environment initiative to conduct a GWAS on lung cancer and smoking and co-PI on a UO1 supporting the Genetic Epidemiology of CLL Consortium.

Research Interests

  • Molecular epidemiology of lung cancer and tobacco
  • Etiology of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and related hematologic and lymphoproliferative conditions

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