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.

Kathrykdemanelis-headshotn Demanelis is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Public Health Sciences and supported by the T32 Demography and Economics of Aging Training Program. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan in Environmental Health Sciences, where she also obtained her MA in Statistics. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Chicago in Biological Science. She is interested in biomarkers of aging and examining their relationship with environmental exposures in the arsenic-exposed cohort from Bangladesh, childhood cancer and treatment effects in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, and across multiple tissue types in the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) program.

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 (postdoctroal scholar)

Lin Tong (Biostatistician)

 

Past Members

Chenan Zhang (PhD student 2013-2016) earned her PhD in 2016 and is now a post-doc at UCSF.  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