The goals of the Genetic Epidemiology Branch (GEB) are to identify host and environmental factors in cancer causation and evaluate the interactions between them. To accomplish these goals, GEB investigators currently apply genetic and molecular epidemiologic approaches to study cancers of the lung, hematopoietic system, skin (melanoma), esophagus, stomach, breast, and kidney. We also conduct methodologic research to develop new statistical analytic approaches.
GEB provides an exciting and collaborative environment which offers extraordinary opportunities for young scientists embarking on research careers. New fellows are matched with mentors who work with them to develop a research training program and guide them through the training experience. Fellows also work with other researchers in the Branch and Division on a variety of projects. Fellows work on interdisciplinary and/or multicenter collaborations, conduct studies on their own, participate in all Branch activities, and attend scientific meetings.
Our fellows gain experience in all aspects of research including protocol development, feasibility studies, data collection, and data analysis. Taking course work and participating in workshops to broaden knowledge in areas related to fellows' research endeavors is encouraged and supported. Clinically-trained fellows may rotate through the Branch's Cancer Genetics Clinic to gain practical knowledge in the conduct of clinical studies. Laboratory-trained fellows may conduct part of their research in the Branch's Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory Unit.
For application details, see below. To discuss potential research opportunities, you may contact branch investigators directly. Meet current fellows in the Genetic Epidemiology Branch.
Postdoctoral fellowships: Individuals must hold an M.D. or Ph.D. in epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, genetics, biostatistics, human or molecular genetics, clinical cancer genetics, or public health.
Predoctoral fellowships: Individuals must be enrolled in a doctoral program with a desire to complete their dissertation in the Branch or have completed a master's degree in a field of relevance to the Branch.
Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship applications in the branch are accepted on an ongoing basis. See the Fellowship Information page for an overview, qualifications, and application details. Branch-specific opportunities are listed below.