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Sarah Locke, M.S., M.S.P.H.

Assistant Director
Staff Scientist

NCI Shady Grove | Room 6E608



Ms. Locke received a Master’s in Science in entomology from the University of California, Davis, and a Master’s of Science in Public Health with a focus on industrial hygiene from the University of Utah. She became a board-certified industrial hygienist in 1996. Ms. Locke joined the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) in 2010 as an occupational hygiene specialist and became Assistant Director in 2016. Ms. Locke’s research focuses on characterizing occupational exposure for participants in epidemiologic studies of cancer. Before joining NCI, she spent 10 years as a senior industrial hygienist and project manager at the research corporation, Westat. Prior to that, she worked as an industrial hygiene consultant and field industrial hygienist, where she conducted exposure assessments in manufacturing, mining, construction, commercial, and residential settings.

Research Interests

  • Identifying, extracting, and synthesizing exposure-related information from the published and grey literature for use in reconstructing occupational exposures to lead in U.S. industry. This information includes historical changes in lead production, consumption, and use patterns.
  • Developing novel retrospective exposure assessment methods to efficiently evaluate and estimate historical workplace exposures in epidemiologic studies of cancer.
  • Working on the design and implementation of field sampling strategies for prospective studies characterizing exposures and identifying key exposure determinants.