Program Research Members

Mustafa al'Absi, PhD
Professor

218-726-8332
malabsi@umn.edu

Relationship between tobacco use and stress, with emphasis on examining psychological mechanisms of stress and pain as potential pathways through which stress may increase health problems and tobacco addiction

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Bruce Alexander, PhD
Professor

612-625-7934
balex@umn.edu

Health effects of occupational and environmental exposures including large occupational cohort studies requiring complex exposure reconstruction, studies of asbestos- and dust-related diseases, and involving multidisciplinary collaborations with statisticians, epidemiologists, toxicologists, industrial hygienists, physicians, chemists and molecular biologists

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Michele L. Allen, MD, MS
Assistant Professor

612-625-4760
miallen@umn.edu

Tobacco prevention

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Sharon Allen, MD, PhD
Professor

612-624-2446
allen001@umn.edu

Tobacco use in women; the role of ovarian hormones in short-term smoking abstinence in premenopausal women and the effect of exercise on smoking cessation outcome in postmenopausal women

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Kristin Anderson, PhD, MPH
Professor

612-626-8568
ander116@umn.edu

Pancreatic cancer etiology with a focus on meat-borne carcinogens; analysis of common cancers in a prospective cohort of women, the Iowa Women's Health Study

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Susan Arnold, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-624-6222
arnol353@umn.edu

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Nicole E. Basta, PhD, MPhil
Assistant Professor

612-625-6616
nebasta@umn.edu

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Nelli Bejanyan, MD
Assistant Professor

612-624-6982
nbejanya@umn.edu

Clinical interest is the treatment of hematologic malignancies and blood and marrow transplantation; research interests focus on prevention and treatment of disease relapse following stem cell transplantation

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David Berger, MD
Assistant Professor

612-273-4014
dmberger@umn.edu

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Anne Blaes, MD
Assistant Professor

612-626-8138
blaes004@umn.edu

Cancer survivorship, focusing on quality-of-life and vascular outcomes in cancer survivors

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Christina Boull
Assistant Professor

612-625-8625

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Sally Bushhouse, DVM, PhD

bushh001@umn.edu

Dr. Bushhouse is a cancer epidemiologist who directs the Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System for the Minnesota Department of Health. She is a key community partner in the ascertainment of cancer cases for population-based epidemiologic studies.

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Haitao Chu, PhD
Associate Professor

612-625-2138
chux0051@umn.edu

Statistical methods for the design and analyses of continuous biomarker assay data, mismeasured and missing data, and correlated data analyses in both observational studies and randomized clinical trials, and hierarchical Bayesian modeling using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) computational methods

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Timothy Church, PhD
Professor

612-625-9091
trc@cccs.umn.edu

Detection (screening) and prevention of cancer; methods for clinical trials and epidemiologic studies, including estimating screen parameters from randomized and observational studies; identifying, assessing and adjusting for early detection bias in case-control and cohort studies; selection effects and adjustment in clinical trials analysis; and Bayesian approaches to trial design

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Jason Denbo, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Surgical Oncology

612-625-2991
denbo007@umn.edu

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Sean Elliott, MD, MS
Associate Professor

612-626-7099
selliott@umn.edu

Improvement of cancer survivorship by addressing the adverse effects of surgery and radiation to the urinary tract

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Jean Forster, PhD, MPH
Professor

612-626-8864
forst001@umn.edu

Community approaches to chronic disease prevention: public health policy to reduce the population rate of chronic disease risk factors in adolescents, health disparities related to issues of class and race, and the role of prevention policies and area-level factors in addressing these issues

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Simone French, PhD
Professor

612-626-8594
frenc001@umn.edu

Social and environmental influences on eating and physical activity behaviors; community-based strategies for eating behavior change; adolescent nutrition and physical activity.

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Steven Fu, MD, MSCE

612-725-1979
fuxxx016@umn.edu

Tobacco-related health disparities; best practices for improving the delivery and utilization of tobacco dependence treatments among diverse populations, including racial/ethnic minorities and veterans; the study of the mechanisms of health care disparities as a guide to developing and evaluating effective, evidence-based interventions to eliminate health care disparities

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Zan Gao, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-626-4639
gaoz@umn.edu

Effects of modern technology (e.g. mobile sports devices, active video games) in interventions to promote and protect health among various populations including breast cancer survivors

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Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD
Professor

612-626-2485
gaug0015@umn.edu

The longitudinal ramifications of family care in chronic disease; the effectiveness of community-based and psychosocial interventions for care-giving and their disable elderly relatives; social integration in long-term care; developmental and mixed methods approach to data analysis

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Rahel Ghebre, MD, MPH
Associate Professor

612-626-3111
ghebr004@umn.edu

Cervical cancer prevention in underscreened and underserved populations of women.

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Lisa Harnack, DrPH
Professor

612-626-9398
harnack@epi.umn.edu

Development of improved methods and tools for assessing food and nutrient intake and its association with health outcomes including cancer; evaluation of public health strategies for obesity prevention

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Andrew Harris, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-250-0863
harr0547@umn.edu

Preclinical pharmacology of nicotine and other addictive drugs: developing animal behavioral models using cigarette smoke exposure or tobacco extract to more accurately stimulate tobacco exposure in humans; studying factors contributing to the earliest stages of nicotine and opiate physical dependence; understanding role of withdrawal and other factors in individual differences in vulnerability to drug use

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Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD
Professor

612-626-2121
hatsu001@umn.edu

Nicotine addiction and is treatment; tobacco product evaluation and methods to reduce tobacco harm, including reducing nicotine in cigarettes; constituent analysis of tobacco products, developing biomarkers of toxicant exposure and toxicity

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Deborah Hennrikus, PhD
Associate Professor

612-626-8646
hennrikus@epi.umn.edu

Methods to promote use of smoking cessation resources to groups of workers who have high smoking rates; effectiveness of low-intensity work safety smoking cessation intervention for small manufacturing companies; how to promote use of smoking cessation benefits offered by Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare funds to union members in blue collar and service jobs

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Rachel Isaksson Vogel, PhD
Assistant Professor

616-626-0665
isak0023@umn.edu

Outcomes research and cancer survivorship; identifyign risk factors of chemotherapy-induced cognitive decline among women with ovarian cancer

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Robert Jeffery, PhD
Professor

612-626-8580
jeffe001@umn.edu

The effectiveness of obesity management intervention efforts aimed at the population as a whole can be effective in achieving weight loss or prevention of weight gain; non-educational factors related to diet and exercise choice, such as fool availability and price

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L'Aurelle Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-624-5430
joh02745@umn.edu

Pediatric oncology;effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients and how responses differ depending on genetics and other factors

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Anne Joseph, MD, MPH
Wexler Professor

612-624-9499
amjoseph@umn.edu

Smoking cessation and health services clinical trials; new methods to engage and maintain smokers in treatment

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Alexander Khoruts, MD
Associate Professor

612-624-2101
khoru001@umn.edu

Mechanisms of colon cancer pathogenesis in patients with cystic fibrosis, which has become recognized as a genetic colon cancer syndrome; role of gut microbiota and inflammatory pathways in the colon mucosa

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Michael Kotlyar, PharmD
Associate Professor

612-625-1160
kotly001@umn.edu

Tobacco dependence, including the relationship between stress and smoking; optimizing use of pharmacotherapy in assisting with the smoking cessation attempt, and evaluating newer smokeless tobacco products

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Shalini Kulasingam, PhD
Associate Professor

612-624-7554
kulas016@umn.edu

HPV and cervical cancer, cancer screening, vaccines, decision modeling, cost-effectiveness, design and conduct of studies to evaluate screening tests

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Karen Kuntz, ScD
Professor

612-625-9333
kmkuntz@umn.edu

Decision analytic modeling for prevention, screening, and treatment of cancer, particularly colorectal cancer; simulation modeling; post-diagnostic surveillance strategies

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Harry Lando, PhD
Professor

612-624-1877
lando@epi.umn.edu

Smoking cessation with a focus on high-risk, medically compromised populations

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Melissa Laska, PhD, RD
Associate Professor

612-624-8832
mnlaska@umn.edu

Cancer prevention through obesity prevention and nutrition promotion; obesity prevention during the transition from adolescence and young adulthood; behavioral, social and environmental influences on weight-related behaviors, with a secondary line of research in the area of neighborhood food access

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DeAnn Lazovich, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

612-626-9099
lazov001@umn.edu

Cancer epidemiology and cancer control, from prevention through survivorship; causes and prevention of melanoma skin cancer; indoor tanning as a behavior and in relation to melanoma development

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Bonnie LeRoy, MD
Associate Professor

612-624-7193
Leroy001@umn.edu

Educationand training of genetic counseling professionals, including cancer genetic counseling

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Mark LeSage, PhD

612-347-5118
lesag002@umn.edu

Pre-clinical models to examine environmental and pharmacological variables that modulate the addiction-related behavioral effects of stimulant drugs in animals, with an emphasis on nicotine and tobacco to better understand the mechanisms involved and tobacco and other drug addictions; development of science-based tobacco control policies

Jennifer Linde, PhD
Associate Professor

612-624-0065
linde074@umn.edu

Cancer prevention via behavioral approaches to target obesity, including weight gain prevention and weight loss, with specific interests in intervention development, public health message delivery, and behavior monitoring and goal setting during weight control

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Erin Marcotte, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-626-3281
marcotte@umn.edu

Genetic, molecular, and environmental causes of childhood leukemina and hepatoblastoma; how maternal and early life nutrition impact childhood cancer risk and pediatric outcomes among children born by caserean section

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Malgorzata Marjanska, PhD
Associate Professor

612-625-4894
gosia@umn.edu

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Alexander McBean, MSc, MD
Professor

612-625-6175
mcbea002@umn.edu

Cancer prevention, program evaluation, outcomes research, and use of administrative data, particularly Medicare data, for research

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Annie-Laurie McRee, DrPH
Assistant Professor

612-626-0162
almcree@umn.edu

Prevention of cervical, anal and other cancers through human papillomavirus vaccination and screening; identification of adolescent vaccination coverage among youth with special care needs and promotion of HPV vaccination among gay and bisexual men

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Rebekah Nagler, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-625-9388
nagle026@umn.edu

Intersection of communication, public health, and cancer prevention; how general and clinical populations use media to acquire health information, how conflicting health messages in the mass media influence cancer prevention and screening behaviors, and how persuasive messaging can be used to address these behaviors; communication inequalities, health disparities (along racial/ethnic minority, socioeconomic status, and gender lines), and tobacco control.

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Heather Nelson, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

612-626-9887
hhnelson@umn.edu

Inter-individual variation in immunity and its relationship to cancer etiology and clinical progression; genetic susceptibility to HPV infections; and epigenetic change in cancer development

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Nathan Pankratz, PhD
Associate Professor

612-624-2456
pankr018@umn.edu

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Paul Pentel, MD, PhD
Professor

612-347-6426
pentel@umn.edu

Preclinical development of medications and related strategies to treat addictions, with an emphasis on tobacco dependence; development of nicotine vaccines for the treatment or prevention of tobacco addiction and studying the role of non-nicotine components of tobacco in mediating addiction

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Jen Poynter, PhD
Associate Professor

612-625-4232
poynt006@umn.edu

Germ cell tumor development, specifically genetic susceptibility and epigenetic alterations in pediatric germ cell tumors; DNA methylation, genomic imprinting, and susceptibility to cancer

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Rebekah Pratt, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-625-1196
rjpratt@umn.edu

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Anna Prizment, PhD
Assistant Professor

612-626-0250
prizm001@umn.edu

Cancer etiology and survival with a focus on the role of inflammatory and immune processes in the development of cancer;studies of colorectal, pancreatic, and lung cancers with the exposure information obtained from questionnaires as well as using circulating, genetic, and tissue biomarkers

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Madhuri Rao, MD
Assistant Professor

612-626-6074
mvrao@umn.edu

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Colleen Rivard, MD
Assistant Professor

612-625-0818
clrivard@umn.edu

Gynecologic malignancies and improving clinical and surgical outcomes

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Brian Rosser, Ph.D., M.P.H., L.P.
Professor

612-624-0358
rosser@umn.edu

The effects of cancer on the sexual lives of cancer patients, with the long-term objective of developing and testing bio-behavioral approaches to improve sexual outcomes following cancer diagnosis and treatment

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Alexander Rothman, PhD
Associate Dean

612-625-2573
rothm001@umn.edu

Application of social psychological theory to illness prevention and health promotion through a synthesis of basic research on how people process and respond to health information with the development and evaluation of theory-based interventions to promote healthy behavior

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Sarah Schram, MD
Assistant Professor

612-624-6678
Schr0685@umn.edu

Prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer; use of laser technologies for the prevention of skin cancer in solid organ transplant recipients

Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH

612-625-8999
shaukat@umn.edu

Development and validation of biomarkers that predict an individual's risk of incident colorectal adenomas and colon cancer; chemopreventive agents, such as calcium and vitamin D that my modulate risk

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Chetan Shenoy, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Jonathan Slater, PhD

jonathan.slater@health.state.mn.us

Early detection/screening for cancer in randomized community-based trials in a CDC-funded Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program at the Minnesota Department of Health; increasing screening among the under-and uninsured population

Logan Spector, PhD
Division Director and Professor

612-624-3912
spect012@umn.edu

Etiology of childhood cancer; specifically childhood leukemia, bone sarcomas and hepatoblastoma

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Julia Steinberger, MD, MS
Professor

612-626-2755
stein055@umn.edu

Clinical and epidemiologic studies of metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and cardiovascular risk factors in children and young adults; metabolic syndrome in childhood cancer survivors

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Janet Thomas, PhD, LP
Associate Professor

612-625-0414
jthomas@umn.edu

Tobacco control in underrepresented communities, including young adults

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DeWayne Townsend, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor

612-625-6873
town0045@umn.edu

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Lucie Turcotte, MD
Assistant Professor

612-626-2778
turc0023@umn.edu

Second malignancies and short- and long-term outcomes in pediatric cancer survivors; childhood leukemias and lymphomas, as well as in histiocytic disorders.

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Todd Tuttle, MD, MS
Professor

612-625-2991
tuttl006@umn.edu

Evaluation of outcomes of therapy for cancers including breast cancer, melanoma, and gastrointestinal malignancies

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Michelle van Ryn, PhD, MPH
Adjunct Associate Professor

612-625-9105
vanry001@umn.edu

Psychosocial factors and health; provider-patient interaction; provider behavior; race/ethnicity and health and health care; determinants of screening behavior

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Beth Virnig, PhD
Professor and Senior Associate Dean

612-624-4426
virni001@umn.edu

Cancer surveillance, treatment and outcomes using administrative data such as the SEER-Medicare linkage; end-of-life care and hospice for the elderly

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Jianping Wang, PhD
Professor

null612-625-9509
jpwang@umn.edu

Development of nanomagnetic and spintronic devices and fabricating and understanding novel magnetic materials for information technology and biomedical applications such as cancer screening

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Mark Yeazel, MD, MPH
Associate Professor

612-624-2335
yeazel@umn.edu

Cancer epidemiology and cancer control, from screening to survivorship (particularly for survivors of childhood cancer), including efforts to improve cancer screening ranging from clinical systems change to promote screening to community-based projects

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Bevan Yueh, MD, MPH
Department Head and Professor

612-626-5900
byueh@umn.edu

Clinical epidemiology and treatment effectiveness of head and neck cancer; quality of life after treatment; baseline predictors of swallowing dysfunction after treatment for advanced laryngeal cancer

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Hee Yun Lee, PhD
Professor and Director of Research

http://www.cehd.umn.
hylee@umn.edu

Culture-based cancer health behavior, quality of cancer care and life, and development of a psychosocial intervention for Asian American cancer survivors; development of new media approaches (e.g., mobile applications) to increase cancer screening among Asian American women

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