Batel Blechter, Ph.D., M.A.
NCI Shady Grove
Batel Blechter, Ph.D., M.A., joined the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) as a postdoctoral fellow in 2021. Dr. Blechter received a B.S. in economics and mathematics from Manhattan College, New York, and an M.A. in statistics from Columbia University, New York. In 2021, Dr. Blechter earned her Ph.D. in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, where she integrated genetic and environmental data to assess the risk of lung cancer in never-smoking women under the mentorship of Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee and Dr. Anne Rositch.
In OEEB, Dr. Blechter is continuing to assess gene-environment interactions and integrating genetic and environmental risk factors to build risk models for lung cancer, as well as investigating various biomarkers relating to carcinogenic exposures. Dr. Blechter was accepted into the NCI 2022-2023 Sally Rosen Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists in Cancer Research (SRK), a mentoring program to support NCI female postdocs in their transition to independent research careers. Her mentors are Qing Lan, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., and Nathaniel Rothman, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S., both senior investigators, as well as Haoyu Zhang, Ph.D., Earl Stadtman investigator.