MEET THE TEAM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.