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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.

  • Danielle Duarte, B.S.

    Ms. Duarte, postbaccalaureate fellow in OEEB, evaluates cancer risks associated with industrial air pollutants and residential exposure to agricultural pesticides. Her mentors are Rena Jones, Ph.D., M.S., and Mary H. Ward, 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.

  • Nicole Gonzalez, M.S.

    Ms. Gonzalez, postbaccalaureate fellow in OEEB, evaluates the relationship between occupational and environmental exposures and bladder tumor characteristics and etiologic heterogeneity in bladder cancer. Her mentor is Stella Koutros, Ph.D, M.P.H.

  • 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, examines whether modifiable risk factors modify associations between aspirin use and cancer risk, and studies the etiology of and risk factors for prostate cancer. 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.

  • Cherrel K. Manley, M.S.P.H.

    Ms. Manley, postbaccalaureate fellow in OEEB, investigates residential and drinking water exposures and cancer risk in the Agricultural Health Study. Her mentors are Mary Ward, Ph.D., and Rena Jones, Ph.D.

  • Jongeun Rhee, Sc.D., M.S.

    Dr. Rhee, postdoctoral 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, postdoctoral fellow in OEEB, works to uncover the etiologic underpinnings of lung cancer. 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.