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Meet the Staff: The Research Associate

Meet our newest California Teachers Study team member—Emily Cauble!

Emily joined the California Teachers Study team in late 2022, and in the few months since she arrived, she has already made enormous contributions to our day-to-day research operations. She brings a unique skillset to the CTS, and we’re so glad to be able to formally introduce you to her.

Emily received her Bachelor of Biological Sciences degree from Chapman University, and she is recently completed her Master of Arts in Public Health Biology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Before joining the California Teachers Study, Emily worked in a research lab at City of Hope where her primary project focused on designing and building an immunotherapy called CAR T cells for ovarian cancer in the hen – the only pre-clinical animal model to date that naturally develops ovarian cancer. Additionally, she worked on other projects studying the role of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in breast and ovarian cancer risk. EDCs are substances that are found in the environment and can interfere with how hormones work in the body.

When a new opportunity presented itself with the California Teachers Study, it provided the perfect blend between Emily’s interests of cancer progression and development, environmental risk factors that influence our genetics, and the complexities of population-based public health research. Emily’s day-to-day research with the California Teachers Study now focuses on individual, social, and environmental risk factors for different health outcomes.

As a Research Associate, Emily is responsible for managing the data preparation and analysis for a variety of research projects. The first project, Extreme Wildfire and Risk of Smoke, focuses on the intersection between extreme weather, air pollution, and stroke. The second project, Socio-environmental risk factors for MGUS disparities, explores how environmental and neighborhood exposures affect individual’s risk of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), which is a clinical precursor to multiple myeloma. The third project involves investigating if legacy persistent organic pollutants (POPs) affect circulating immune responses in women. POPs have been shown to cause endocrine-disruption and have the potential to contribute to immune dysregulation. What makes POPs a concern to us is that they are legacy chemicals, meaning they stay in our bodies and the environment for a very long time.

She is very humbled to work with such a unique team and collaborate on projects that provide invaluable insight into how our surroundings effect our health and the way we live.

Please join us in welcoming Emily to the team!


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