Skip to main content
Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention
 

Current Fellows in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch

Meet the fellows in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) and learn about their work.

  • Joshua Daniel Arias, M.S.

    Mr. Arias, postbaccalaureate fellow in OEEB, conducts genome-wide association studies to further explore the genetic architecture and underpinnings of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). His mentor is Sonja Berndt, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

  • Charles Breeze, Ph.D.

    Dr. Breeze, postdoctoral fellow in OEEB, is focusing on genome-wide association studies and epigenome-wide association studies. His mentor is Sonja Berndt, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

  • Ian Buller, Ph.D., M.A.

    Dr. Buller, postdoctoral fellow in OEEB, characterizes spatial patterns in environmental risk factors and evaluates their role in cancer etiology. His mentors are Rena Jones, Ph.D., M.S., and Mary Ward, Ph.D.

  • Vicky Chang, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Chang, postdoctoral fellow in OEEB, works on projects examining the biologic effects and cancer risks related to pesticide exposures among farmers, as well as molecular epidemiologic studies of cancer risk in relation to environmental chemical contaminants. Her research mentor is Jonathan Hofmann, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Nadine Dogbe, M.Sc.

    Ms. Dogbe, postbaccalaureate fellow in OEEB, investigates the impact of body mass index (BMI) on colorectal cancer screening. This work is nested within the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial (PLCO). Her mentor is Sonja Berndt, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

  • Patricia Erickson, M.P.H.

    Ms. Erickson, predoctoral fellow in OEEB, is working on projects within the Biomarkers of Exposure and Effect in Agriculture (BEEA) Study and the Agricultural Health Study. Her mentors are Jonathan Hofmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Laura Beane Freeman, Ph.D.

  • Shisi (Lydia) He, M.S.

    Ms. He, predoctoral fellow in OEEB, works on projects examining genetic and occupational risk factors for lymphoid malignancies and second cancers. Her mentor is Sonja Berndt, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

  • Lauren Hurwitz, Ph.D.

    Dr. Hurwitz, postdoctoral fellow in OEEB, seeks to understand the etiology of and identify modifiable risk factors for prostate and ovarian cancers. Her mentor is Stella Koutros, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Jessica Madrigal, Ph.D., M.S.

    Dr. Madrigal, postdoctoral fellow in OEEB, conducts studies using geographic information systems (GIS) for environmental exposure assessment and to identify determinants of environmental exposures that are related to cancers, and cancer risk, in adults and children. Her mentors are Rena Jones, Ph.D., M.S., and Mary Ward, Ph.D.

  • Richard Remigio, Ph.D., M.S., M.Phil.

    Dr. Remigio, postdoctoral fellow in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, is evaluating pesticide-cancer risks in applicants and spouses in the Agricultural Health Study cohort, under the mentorship of Laura Beane Freeman, Ph.D.

  • Jongeun Rhee, Sc.D., M.S.

    Dr. Rhee, research fellow in OEEB, investigates cancer risks associated with environmental exposures to radon, solvents, and other agents, as well as molecular epidemiologic studies of kidney cancer etiology. Her mentor is Mark Purdue, Ph.D.

  • Jason Wong, Sc.D.

    Dr. Wong, research fellow in OEEB, investigates how occupational/environmental exposure to genotoxic air pollutants influences various biomarkers of genomic instability, with focus on telomere length, and future risk of lung cancer among special populations (e.g., unique or high-exposure, minority, or geographic location). His mentors are Qing Lan, M.D., Ph.D., and Nathaniel Rothman, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S.

  • Shuai Xie, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Xie, postdoctoral fellow in OEEB, develops and evaluates occupational and environmental exposure assessment methods, including validating an algorithm to estimate non-occupational pesticide exposure developed for the spouses in the Agricultural Health Study. Her mentor is Melissa Friesen, Ph.D.