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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Jongeun Rhee, Sc.D., M.S., joined the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) in 2019 as a postdoctoral fellow, and was appointed as a research fellow in 2021. Dr. Rhee completed her Sc.D. in environmental health with a concentration in environmental, occupational, and molecular epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. For her dissertation research, she investigated associations between air pollution, industry, and socioeconomic status and acute respiratory distress syndrome among older adults in the United States. Dr. Rhee received her M.S. in environmental health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and her B.S. in environmental health and life sciences from Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.

In OEEB, Dr. Rhee is working on projects investigating cancer risks associated with environmental exposures to radon, solvents, and other agents, as well as molecular epidemiologic studies of kidney cancer etiology, under the mentorship of Mark Purdue, Ph.D., senior investigator.