Christine (Chris) Duffy has worked as a Senior Program Manager at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) and as study manager on the California Teachers Study (CTS) since 1999. As part of her work with the CTS, she has managed the collection of biospecimens, the validation of nutritional data and the innovation of better ways to improve the data collection experience for study participants. Chris has worked with Drs. Clarke, Horn-Ross and other investigators on several cancer research projects addressing lifestyle and environmental risk factors for cancers of the breast, endometrium and thyroid, which she hopes will lead to better ways to prevent them.
Chris’ inspiration for her work in cancer and chronic disease prevention research stems from her family history of chronic illness, cancer included, that could have been prevented if healthier lifestyle choices were made (e.g. smoking, eating healthy, exercising regularly). Chris loves the work she does at CPIC and within the CTS as she knows she is working with dedicated researchers and other like-minded people who share her same motives and passions to making a difference in preventing disease and minimizing the burden of disease before it happens.
Chris received her Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition (MPH) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998 and her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Community Health Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1994. She is also an experienced licensed phlebotomist.
In her free time, Chris stays very busy with her husband, their five children (11 years through college-age) and their new black lab/mastiff puppy, Brody. She is an avid San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan. She is a committed runner, managing to squeeze in a daily early morning run, and has run several 10K races. She hopes to run a half marathon this year. Her latest passion is to create budget gourmet meals that are nutritious, kid-friendly and still good for the environment.