Montserrat García-Closas, M.D., Dr.P.H., has been appointed Deputy Director of DCEG.
Dr. García-Closas is an internationally recognized expert in the use of biomarkers, sophisticated exposure assessment, and rigorous methodology in large-scale epidemiological studies to investigate of the causes of breast and bladder cancers. Her work has defined new risk factor profiles for different subtypes of breast cancer. Dr. García-Closas has developed risk prediction methods that combine genetic and environmental risk factors and serve as the foundation for making important public health decisions based on the stratification of cancer risk. In the United Kingdom, she also co-led a large prospective cohort study of over 110,000 women, the Breakthrough Generations Cohort Study.
As Deputy Director of DCEG, Dr. García-Closas will not only conduct research, but also will play a key role in identifying new research opportunities and scientific directions for the Division, and will be indispensable in the management of the broad scientific program of the Division.
Dr. García-Closas received her M.D. from the University of Barcelona, Spain, a Master in Public Health in quantitative methods, and a Doctorate of Public Health in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has a long history with DCEG, first joining the Division in 1996 as a postdoctoral fellow. She became a tenure-track investigator in 1999 and a tenured senior investigator in 2007. From 2008-2010, Dr. García-Closas was a visiting scientist at the Department of Oncology and Strangeways Laboratory, Cambridge University, U.K. In 2010, she became a Professor of Epidemiology at Division of Genetic and Epidemiology of the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London, U.K.