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MEET THE TEAM

Principal Investigators

Jim Lacey
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 founding Dean of the University of California San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science. 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.

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 is a molecular epidemiologist and assistant professor of community and global health. Her 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. 

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.

Kristen Savage
Kristen Savage

Kristen Savage has been with the California Teachers Study since 2015. As a Study Administrator, Kristen leads participant engagement efforts and focuses on creating new, sustainable ways for CTS researchers and CTS participants to communicate with one another.

Emma Spielfogel
Emma Spielfogel

Emma Spielfogel joined the California Teachers Study team in 2018. As a Data Analyst, Emma manages the CTS data environment, provides analytic support to researchers, and leads efforts to visualize CTS data in innovative ways.

Caroline Thompson
Caroline Thompson

Dr. Thompson is Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the SDSU School of Public Health and Adjunct Faculty at the UCSD Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health. Dr. Thompson's research focuses on understanding and improving cancer disparities through analysis of administrative claims, electronic health records, and other sources of "real world data".

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.