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Current Fellows in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch

Meet the fellows in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch (MEB) and learn about their work.

  • Simran Arjani, B.S.

    Ms. Arjani, postbaccalaureate fellow in MEB, investigates the role of gender and the association with body mass index (BMI) at different stages of life, other measures of adiposity, and the risk of pancreatic cancer. Her mentor is Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.

  • Eboneé Nicole Butler, Ph.D.

    Dr. Butler, postdoctoral fellow in MEB/ITEB, examines prostate cancer etiology and evaluates novel biomarkers that may identify aggressive prostate tumors at time of diagnosis. Her mentor is Gretchen Gierach, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Zeinab Farhat, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Farhat, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, investigates modifiable risk factors, particularly diet, for colorectal cancer using an integrated omics approach to better understand the impact of human and microbial metabolism on diet-cancer associations. Her mentor is Erikka Loftfield, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Jessica Gorzelitz, Ph.D., M.S.

    Dr. Gorzelitz, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, investigates the unique metabolic contributions of muscle and muscle-strengthening activity on cancer prevention, especially in gynecologic cancer, while also studying muscle-strengthening behavior and survivorship outcomes. Her mentor is Charles Matthews, Ph.D.

  • Andres J. Gutierrez Escobar, Ph.D.

    Dr. Gutierrez Escobar, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, works on the Helicobacter pylori Genome Project under the mentorship of M. Constanza Camargo, Ph.D., and Charles Rabkin, M.D., Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB), as well as a gastric cancer genome-wide association study in Hispanics/Latinos. His mentors in MEB are Dr. Camargo and Christian Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Daniela S. Gutiérrez-Torres, Sc.D., M.S.

    Dr. Gutiérrez-Torres, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, is analyzing the impact of occasional smoking on cancer risk and mortality in the United States and worldwide. Her mentor is Neal D. Freedman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Gieira S. Jones, Ph.D.

    Dr. Jones, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, investigates racial/ethnic differences in the risks of hepatocellular carcinoma and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, as well as other liver cancer-related topics. Her mentor is Katherine McGlynn, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Sachelly Julian-Serrano, M.H.S.N., R.D.

    Ms. Julian-Serrano, postbaccalaureate fellow in MEB, investigates the genetic susceptibility of higher blood iron levels and hematologic traits and risk of pancreatic cancer within the PanScan and PanC4 consortia. Her mentor is Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.

  • Wayne Lawrence, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

    Dr. Lawrence, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, investigates prostate cancer etiology, metabolomic profiling of cancer and other phenotypes, and racial/ethnic cancer disparities, under the mentorship of Demetrius Albanes, M.D.

  • Jungeun Lim, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Lim, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, investigates prostate cancer etiology and survival, including the role of micronutrients, vitamin supplementation, and circulating metabolites, as well as the genetic components of these exposures and associations. Her mentor is Demetrius Albanes, M.D.

  • Kathleen M. McClain, Ph.D., M.S.

    Dr. McClain, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, works on studies examining the components of energy balance, metabolomics, and cancer. Her mentor is Steven C. Moore, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Kara Michels, Ph.D.

    Dr. Michels, research fellow in MEB, conducts studies on molecular markers and reproductive factors associated with ovarian and endometrial cancer risk. Her mentor is Christian Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Sabine Naudin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Naudin, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, investigates the etiology of pancreatic cancer through various study designs and molecular approaches to identify and characterize risk factors particularly related to lifestyle and nutritional exposures. Her mentor is Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, Ph.D, M.P.H., R.D.

  • Omonefe Omofuma, Ph.D., M.S.

    Dr. Omofuma, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, investigates the descriptive epidemiology, etiology, and predictive biomarkers of esophageal adenocarcinoma and gastric cancer. Her mentor is M. Constanza Camargo, Ph.D.

  • Natalie Rose Pritchett, Dr.P.H., M.S.P.H.

    Dr. Pritchett, predoctoral fellow in MEB, investigates the epidemiology of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in hotspot areas, especially the distinct geographic band along the eastern Africa corridor extending from Ethiopia to South Africa. Her mentor is Sanford M. Dawsey M.D.

  • Pedro F. Saint-Maurice, Ph.D.

    Dr. Saint-Maurice, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, studies the dose-response relationship between physical activity and different chronic diseases, including cancer. He is also interested in different physical activity measurement tools and the impact of measurement error when studying the benefits of physical activity for health. His mentor is Charles Matthews, Ph.D.

  • Zeni Wu, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Wu, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, investigates associations between the human microbiome and cancer risk factors and cancer etiology, and is initiating new studies to understand the role of the microbiome from multiple sample types in breast cancer and head and neck cancer. Her mentors are Emily Vogtmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., Christian Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D.

  • Yukiko Yano, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Yano, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, conducts methodologic and etiologic studies of the human oral microbiome as well as studies of risk factors for esophageal and gastric cancer. Her mentors are Christian Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H., Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D., and Emily Vogtmann, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Semi Zouiouich, Ph.D.

    Dr. Zouiouich, postdoctoral fellow in MEB, conducts methodologic studies of the microbiome and etiologic studies of the association of the microbiome with different cancer types. His mentors are Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D., Emily Vogtmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Erikka Loftfield, Ph.D., M.P.H.