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Current Fellows in the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch

Meet the current fellows in the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch and learn about research training opportunities.

Gabriella Anic, M.P.H., Ph.D - Postdoctoral Fellow

Gabriella AnicDr. Gabriella Anic joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) as a Cancer Prevention Fellow in August 2013. She received both an M.P.H. (2007) and Ph.D. (2011) in epidemiology from the University of South Florida College of Public Health. Her doctoral dissertation work focused on the natural history of HPV infection in a multinational cohort of men. She then studied genetic and lifestyle risk factors associated with adult glioma during a postdoctoral fellowship in genetic and molecular epidemiology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Dr. Anic is currently working with her primary mentor, Demetrius Albanes, M.D., Senior Investigator, NEB,on the role of nutrients, including vitamins E and D and retinol, in the risk of various cancers and morality.

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Hannah Arem, M.H.S., Ph.D - Postdoctoral Fellow

Hannah Arem Dr. Hannah Arem joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) as a pre-doctoral fellow through the Yale University-National Cancer Institute Partnership Training Program. Her dissertation work focused on dietary risk factors for pancreatic cancer. Dr. Arem received her Ph.D from Yale in 2013.She now works as a post-doctoral fellow with Charles E. Matthews, Ph.D., Investigator, NEB, and studies associations between physical activity, sedentary time, and cancer outcomes, particularly among cancer survivors.

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Claire Bosire, Sc.D., M.S.P.H. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Claire BosireDr. Claire Bosire joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) as a postdoctoral fellow in October 2013. Dr. Bosire earned her Sc.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health under the mentorship of Meir Stampfer, M.D., Dr.PH., Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition.   Her doctoral work focused on dietary risk factors for prostate cancer. Prior to her doctoral studies, she served as a predoctoral fellow in the Applied Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute.  She completed a dietetic internship and an M.S.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a B.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics from Egerton University in Kenya. Dr. Bosire is working with Sanford M. Dawsey, M.D., Senior Investigator, NEB, and Christian Abnet Ph.D., M.P.H., Investigator, NEB, on projects related to the etiology and early detection of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC).  Her interests lie in the nutritional epidemiology of cancer with a particular focus on cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Laura Eichelberger, M.P.H., Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Laura Eichelberger joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) as a Cancer Prevention Fellow in 2012. Dr. Eichelberger received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 2011. Her dissertation research was focused on issues related to cultural change, infectious disease, and water insecurity in Northwest Alaska. In 2012, she received an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Eichelberger’s current research interests include the political ecology of health and development, with a focus on water source, sanitation, and infectious causes of cancer. She is also interested in performing field work that incorporates both anthropologic and epidemiologic approaches. In DCEG, Dr. Eichelberger is studying the socio-cultural determinants of malaria and Helicobacter pylori infection and the effect of these determinants on cancer risk with NEB scientists Christian Abnet Ph.D., M.P.H., Investigator, NEB, Neal D. Freedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., Investigator, NEB, and Sanford M. Dawsey, M.D., Senior Investigator, NEB, and with Sam Mbulaiteye, M.D., Senior Investigator, IIB.

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Arash Etemadi, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Arash Etemadi Dr. Arash Etemadi joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) as a postdoctoral fellow in June 2010. He has an M.D. (1998), an M.P.H. (2003), and a Ph.D. in epidemiology (2007) from Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Iran. As a result of Dr. Etemadi's interest in genetic epidemiology, he worked on familial aggregation of myopia and segregation analysis of refractive errors for his Ph.D. dissertation with Dr. Akbar Fotouhi from TUMS and Dr. Joan E Bailey-Wilson from the Inherited Disease Research Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Etemadi did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, working on polymorphisms in genes responsible for the metabolism of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and DNA repair in relation to esophageal cancer. Then in 2009 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in Tehran University of Medical Sciences, to work in the Digestive Disease Research Center. The main focus of his research is the molecular and genetic epidemiology of upper gastro intestinal (GI) cancers. He is also interested in other non-communicable diseases, in particular obesity, metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In NEB, Dr. Etemadi is working on esophageal cancer studies, especially in relation to PAH exposure and nutrition with his mentors, Sanford M. Dawsey, M.D., Senior Investigator, NEB, and Christian Abnet Ph.D., M.P.H., Investigator, NEB.

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Kristin Guertin, M.P.H., Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow

GuertinDr. Kristin Guertin joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) as a postdoctoral fellow in 2012. She received an M.P.H. in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University in 2008 and a Ph.D. in nutrition from Cornell University in 2012. Her doctoral research focused on a randomized trial of vitamin E and selenium, and she investigated the plausibility of effects on lung function decline. In NEB, Dr. Guertin is working with Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D., Deputy Chief of NEB, on the associations between diet and cancer risk, focusing on coffee and dietary metabolites.

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Sarah Keadle, M.S., Ph.D., M.P.H. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Sarah Kozey Keadle joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) in June 2013 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. She received a B.S. from Wake Forest University in health and exercise science in 2006 and a M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) in kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her studies focused broadly on measurement of physical activity and sedentary behavior and the association of these behaviors on health outcomes. Dr. Keadle’s dissertation was titled "The influence of free-living activity and inactivity on health outcomes and responsiveness to exercise training". In 2013, she completed her M.P.H. at Harvard University in quantitative methods. In NEB, Dr. Keadle will be working with Charles E. Matthews, Ph.D., Investigator, NEB, on projects examining the dose-response relationship between physical activity, sedentary behavior and cancer prevention. Dr. Keadle is also interested in understanding the impact of different measurement tools on the interpretation of these relationships.

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Tracy Layne, M.P.H. - Predoctoral Fellow

Tracy Layne Ms. Tracy Layne joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) in August 2013 as a predoctoral fellow within the Yale University-NCI Cooperative Graduate Training Program in Cancer Epidemiology. Ms. Layne received her B.S. in biological sciences from Marymount Manhattan College in 2002 and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health in 2007. She was previously a Cancer Research Training Award fellow in the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences Applied Research Program (2007-2008) and a research project coordinator at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2008-2011), where she worked on the use of survivorship care plans and racial disparities in endometrial cancer. Under the primary mentorship of  Demetrius Albanes, M.D., Senior Investigator, NEB, Ms. Layne will examine vitamin D-cancer associations, with a particular focus on the influence of vitamin D on racial/ethnic cancer disparities.  

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Erikka Loftfield, M.P.H. - Predoctoral Fellow

Erikka Loftfiend Ms. Erikka Loftfield joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) as a predoctoral fellow through the Yale University-National Cancer Institute Partnership Training Program in August 2013. She earned a B.A. in biology with a concentration in neurobiology and behavior in 2005 from Cornell University and an M.P.H. in chronic disease epidemiology with a concentration in global health in 2012 from the Yale School of Public Health. While at Yale, Ms. Loftfield’s research in NEB focused on the effects of exercise on markers of inflammation in breast cancer survivors. Under the mentorship of Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D., Deputy Chief of NEB, and Neal D. Freedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., Investigator, NEB, Ms. Loftfield will explore the associations of coffee consumption with various health outcomes, including oral health, mortality and melanoma, as well as markers of inflammation and immunity.

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Alison Mondul, Ph.D. - Research Fellow

Alison Mondul Dr. Alison Mondul joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) as a postdoctoral fellow in June 2009. In 2009 she received a Ph.D. in cancer epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she studied the relationship between statin use, cholesterol, and prostate cancer with her mentor, Dr. Elizabeth Platz. Prior to her doctoral work at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Mondul earned an M.S.P.H. in epidemiology from Emory University in 2002 and worked at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently working with her mentor, Demetrius Albanes, M.D., Senior Investigator, NEB, on the role of nutrients including vitamins E and D, retinol, and cholesterol in the etiology of prostate and other cancers. Dr. Mondul was promoted to Research Fellow in June of 2012.

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Kristin Moy, M.P.H., Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Kristin Moy Dr. Kristin Moy joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) as a postdoctoral fellow in December 2011. She obtained a B.A. in biological chemistry from Wellesley College and both a M.P.H. (2007) and Ph.D. (2011) in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. For her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Moy examined the associations between dietary intake of glucosinolate metabolites and the risks of lung and breast cancers in the Singapore Chinese Health Study under the mentorship of Dr. Jian-Min Yuan. In NEB, Dr. Moy is working with her mentor, Demetrius Albanes, M.D., Senior Investigator, NEB, on the role of diet and micronutrients in cancer risk and survival. Dr. Moy’s research interests also include the potential role of genes in modifying diet-cancer associations.

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Jose Ramon (“Ray”) Troche, M.P.H. - Predoctoral Fellow

Ray Troche Mr. Jose Ramon (“Ray”) Troche joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) in August 2013 as a predoctoral fellow within the Yale-NCI Cooperative Graduate Training Program in Cancer Epidemiology. He received both a B.A. in liberal studies in 2007 and an M.P.H. in biometry from San Diego State University in 2011.  He will be conducting research and analyses under the primary mentorship of Christian Abnet Ph.D., M.P.H., Investigator, NEB, using data from NHANES and the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. Mr. Troche  plans to work on projects related to alcohol use, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer.

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Emily Vogtmann, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Emily Vogtmann Dr. Emily Vogtmann joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) as a Cancer Prevention Fellow in August 2013. She received an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan in 2009 where she investigated human papillomavirus knowledge and mortality trends for cervical cancer in Mexico.  She then received a Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Her doctoral dissertation work focused on cruciferous vegetable intake, GST gene polymorphisms and colorectal cancer among men in Shanghai, China, and was completed in collaboration with the Shanghai Cancer Institute and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In NEB, Dr. Vogtmann works with Christian Abnet Ph.D., M.P.H., Investigator, NEB, to assess risk factors for upper gastrointestinal cancer, including the effect of the microbiome on cancer risk.

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Qian Xiao, M.P.H., Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Qian Xiao Dr. Qian Xiao joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) as a Cancer Prevention Fellow in 2012. Dr. Xiao received her Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of California at San Diego. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the role of muscle- derived molecules on neuronal differentiation. She received her M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Michigan, where she investigated environmental exposure to xenoestrogen and risk of inflammatory breast cancer in Egypt. She also studied cooking fat consumption and childhood growth in Colombian school children. In NEB, she works with Charles E. Matthews, Ph.D., Investigator, NEB, Yikyung Park, Sc.D., NEB, and other investigators on a variety of projects examining the role of physical activity, nutrition, obesity and energy balance on cancer risk.

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