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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Nicole Gonzalez, M.S., joined the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) as a postbaccalaureate fellow through NCI's Introduction to Cancer Research Careers (ICRC) program in 2020. She earned her Master of Science degree in epidemiology from The George Washington University's Milken Institute of Public Health in Washington, DC, where her thesis research was focused on healthcare utilization trends among cancer survivors. While pursuing joint degrees in mathematics and biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergraduate, she also worked at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences on epidemiologic studies of ovarian cancer risk.

In DCEG, Ms. Gonzalez is evaluating the relationship between occupational and environmental exposures and bladder tumor characteristics and etiologic heterogeneity in bladder cancer, under the mentorship of Stella Koutros, Ph.D, M.P.H., investigator.