People

Brandon Pierce (PI) is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Public Health Sciences and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago and an Associate Member of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center.   His undergraduate and Masters training was done at Washington University in St. Louis, and his doctoral training was completed at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

dayanaDayana Delgado is a PhD student in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry and her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis. She is interested in genetic ancestry as a predictor of telomere length and disease in admixed individuals, and genome-wide association studies to identify variants associated with increased cancer risk and susceptibility to environmental exposures.

Kathrykdemanelis-headshotn Demanelis is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Public Health Sciences and supported by the T32 Demography and Economics of Aging Training Program. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan in Environmental Health Sciences, where she also obtained her MA in Statistics. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Chicago in Biological Science. She is interested in biomarkers of aging and examining their relationship with environmental exposures in the arsenic-exposed cohort from Bangladesh, childhood cancer and treatment effects in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, and across multiple tissue types in the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) program.

Lin Tong (Biostatistician)

Samantha Dean (Undergraduate)

 

Past Members

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Chenan Zhang (PhD student) earned her PhD in 2016 and is now a post-doc at UCSF.  Her dissertation work investigated the genetic and environmental determinants of telomere length and the role of telomere length as a prospective biomarker of cancer risk.

 

Rick Jansen (post-doc 2014-2015) is now an Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University

Jianjun Gao (Data Analyst) is now a Bioinfomatician at the University of California San Diego

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