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Principal Investigators

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Jim Lacey

Dr. James V. Lacey, Jr. is a cancer epidemiologist with expertise in female reproductive cancers. His current work focuses on innovative ways that informatics, analytics, and data science can improve epidemiologic research.

Elena Martinez
Elena Martinez

Dr. Elena Martinez is a cancer epidemiologist with expertise in cancer disparities. She has experience leading and coordinating national and international research projects. Her current work focuses on breast and gastrointestinal cancers. 

Team Members

Cheryl Anderson
Cheryl Anderson

Dr. Anderson is a Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health in the School of Medicine at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Anderson's research focuses on nutrition and chronic disease prevention using observational epidemiologic study designs, randomized clinical trials, and implementation science.

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Jennifer Benbow

Jennifer Benbow has been a study manager and database architect with the CTS since 2013. She manages biobanking and survey projects; built and maintains the database and related software that support study tracking and participant correspondence; and provides project management support for the analytic data warehouse.

Nada Chung
Nadia Chung

Nadia Chung has been working on the California Teachers Study since 2010. She serves as the main point of contact for migrating all study data (both static and real-time) to the CTS data warehouse from disparate sources, creating an extensive study-wide repository for study collaboration and real-time data extraction, and providing support for collaborators.

Sandeep Chandra
Sandeep Chandra

Sandeep Chandra is the Director for the SDSC Health CI Division and the Executive Director for Sherlock Cloud. Sandeep Chandra provides strategic vision, direction, management and implementation of concepts and methodologies for building CTS’s technology platform including the secure cloud and the data warehouse environment.

Jessica Clague DeHart
Jessica Clague DeHart

Dr. Jessica Clague DeHart's research focuses on examining the biological mechanisms underlying associations between modifiable risk factors and cancer prevention and survival.

Christine Duffy
Christine Duffy

Christine (Chris) Duffy has worked as a study manager on the California Teachers Study (CTS) since 1999! 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. 

Ann Hamilton
Ann Hamilton

Dr. Ann Hamilton is a cancer epidemiologist with extensive experience in leading efforts in recruiting prostate cancer survivors and assessing treatment decisions and quality of life in two multi-registry prostate cohort studies (the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Study and the CEASAR study).

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Susan Hurley

Susan has worked on the California Teachers Study since 1996. Her research is focused on understanding the role of environmental factors in the development of breast cancer and the health effects associated with sleep and circadian disruption.

Hannah Lui Park
Hannah Lui Park

Dr. Hannah Lui Park's research focuses on the effects of genetic variations on breast cancer risk. She is also interested in how lifestyle and environmental factors influence risk for diseases and the discovery of genetic and epigenetic markers for disease risk and early detection.

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Lani Park

Dr. Park’s research focuses on identifying genetic and environmental risk factors that contribute to the racial/ethnic differences in cancer risk. She has a special interest in the study of variations in nicotine and tobacco carcinogen metabolism to understand the population differences in lung cancer risk.

Rich Pinder
Rich Pinder

Rich Pinder is the Program Manager for the California Teachers Study, and has been part of the Department of Preventive Medicine since 1982. Experience in subject recruitment locating began his work with follow up, and his technology skills led to database, record linkage, and application development expertise. 

Kristen Savage
Kristen Savage

As a Study Administrator at on the California Teachers Study, Kristen leads participant engagement efforts and focuses on creating new, sustainable ways for CTS researchers and CTS participants to communicate with one another.

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Emma Spielfogel

Filling the role of data steward, Emma’s work is to assist collaborators in navigating CTS data for their projects and to improve data quality and documentation in the CTS.

Sophia Wang
Sophia Wang

Dr. Sophia Wang's research focuses on lymphoma and other blood-related cancers and seeks to understand the role of immunity and inflammation in cancer among women. She is also researching other chronic diseases which disproportionately affect women.

Since 1995, many researchers have contributed to make the California Teachers Study the study it is today. Click on the button below to learn more about these former steering committee members.

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