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DCEG Fellows Lam and Loftfield Successfully Defend Dissertations

Clara Lam

Clara Lam, Ph.D., successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the George Washington School of Public Health. Her dissertation, titled “Identifying risk factors for second malignancies after non-Hodgkin lymphoma,” represented the first analytic study of second cancers after NHL to consider both treatments and immune-related medical conditions as potential second cancer risk factors.  

Erikka Loftfield

Erikka Loftfield, Ph.D., successfully defended her doctoral dissertation titled “Exploring associations of coffee consumption with cancer and mortality and unraveling the underlying mechanisms” at the Yale School of Public Health. One of Dr. Loftfield’s dissertation papers, which focused on coffee consumption and melanoma risk in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and was covered by over fifty national and international media outlets.