Meet the current fellows in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program.
Lauren C. Houghton, Ph.D., joined the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program (EBP) in 2008. In 2013, she received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Durham University in the United Kingdom. For her dissertation, she conducted a migrant study of pubertal timing among British-Bangladeshi girls, which was funded through a joint NIH-Wellcome Trust Fellowship. Dr. Houghton combined epidemiologic analyses with 30 months of fieldwork in England and Bangladesh to gather biomarker and ethnographic data from girls living in countries with markedly different breast cancer incidence. Under the current mentorship of Robert N. Hoover, M.D., Sc.D., Director of EBP, and Rebecca Troisi, M.A., Sc.D., staff scientist, EBP, Dr. Houghton is assessing breast cancer risk factors in a study of rural to urban migration within Mongolia. Overall, she takes a life course approach to understanding the intersection of environmental and hormonal factors in breast cancer carcinogenesis. Dr. Houghton is also interested in developing mixed-methods to be implemented in epidemiological and translational studies to better capture biological and cultural mediators of health disparities. She applies an anthropological perspective to epidemiological studies with several DCEG investigators, including Amanda Black, Ph.D., M.P.H. (EBP), Hormuzd A. Katki, Ph.D., Biostatistics Branch (BB), Philip S. Rosenberg, Ph.D. (BB), and Steven L. Simon, Ph.D., Radiation Epidemiology Branch. Dr. Houghton also serves on the Hormone Laboratory Advisory Committee and the DCEG Fellows Committee.
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