Lab Members

Brandon Pierce (PI) is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago and a Member of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center.   His undergraduate and Masters training was done at Washington University in St. Louis, and his doctoral training was completed at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Dayana Delgado is a PhD student in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry and her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis. She is interested in genetic ancestry as a predictor of telomere length and disease in admixed individuals, and genome-wide association studies to identify variants associated with increased cancer risk and susceptibility to environmental exposures.

Meytal Chernoff is an MD/PhD student in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She completed her Undergraduate Studies at Washington University in St. Louis in Anthropology and Biology with a minor in English and is pursuing her MD at the Pritzker School of Medicine. Her research interests  include tissue-specific genetic influences of telomere length, the genetic mechanisms underlying arsenic metabolism efficiency in diverse human populations, and the influence of ancestry on epigenetic patterns in the prostate tissue of prostate cancer patients.

Lizeth Tamayo is a PhD student in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She completed her Undergraduate studies at Augustana College in Biochemistry and French and her Masters in Public Heath with a concentration in Epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is interested in addressing health disparities and high risk populations through the interweaving of genetic epidemiology with socio-behavioral research.

Meritxell Oliva is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Public Health Sciences jointly supervised by Lin Chen. She completed her graduate studies at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Biotechnology, and obtained a MSc in Bioinformatics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, where she studied the functional impact of human polymorphic inversions. Previous to joining our lab, she worked with Dr. B. Stranger as a project co-leader and lead analyst of the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) program dedicated to identify sex differences in the human transcriptome. She is interested in investigating particular contexts in which genetic variants manifest in molecular changes that causally impact phenotypes (GxE).

Lin Tong (Biostatistician)

 

Past Members

Kathryn Demanelis (post-doctoral 2017-2020) is now a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her work in our group focused on biomarkers of aging and characterizing (1) their variability across tissue types and (2) their relationships  with exposures and disease phenotypes.

Chenan Zhang (PhD student 2013-2016) earned her PhD in 2016.  After completing her post-doc at UCSF, she is now a Cancer Epidemiologist at Syapse in San Francisco.  Her dissertation work investigated the genetic and environmental determinants of telomere length and the role of telomere length as a prospective biomarker of cancer risk.

Rick Jansen (post-doc 2014-2015) is now an Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University

Jianjun Gao (Data Analyst 2012-2014) is currently a Bioinformatics Scientist at Denovo Biopharma

Samantha Dean (Undergraduate Research Assistant 2016-2018) is currently a doctoral student studying epidemiology at Yale University.

Anthony DiGiovanni (Undergraduate Rsearch Assistant 2018-2019) is currently a doctoral student studying statistics at the University of Michigan