Christian C. Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been appointed Chief of the newly established Metabolic Epidemiology Branch (MEB). MEB is the result of a merger of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch and the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB). The new MEB will focus on enhanced scientific collaboration on research themes shared by principal investigators from the two original Branches.
Dr. Abnet had been serving as Acting Chief of NEB since 2014, the same year he was awarded scientific tenure by NIH. His research focuses on the etiology of esophageal and gastric cancer, as well as the impact of the microbiome on cancer and other tobacco-related diseases. He earned a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from the University of Wisconsin in 1998 and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 1999. Dr. Abnet joined NCI as a Cancer Prevention Fellow in 1998 and became a tenure-track investigator in NEB in 2005.