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Principal Investigators

Metabolic Epidemiology Branch (MEB)

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  • Abnet, Christian C., Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Etiologic studies of esophageal and gastric cancers, with a focus on diet, environmental toxins, and the human microbiome.
  • Albanes, Demetrius, M.D.
    Nutritional and molecular determinants of prostate, lung, and other cancers. Focus on role of micronutrients, vitamin supplementation, and exposures related to energy balance and anthropometry.


  • Camargo, Maria, Ph.D.
    Epidemiologic studies of gastric and esophageal cancers that have potential application for screening and prevention.


  • Loftfield, Erikka L., Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Interplay between diet, metabolism, the microbiome and genetics and their effects on cancer risk. Leverages developing technologies to improve dietary assessment and gain insights into diet-cancer associations.


  • Matthews, Charles E., Ph.D.
    Etiologic studies of the role of physical activity and energy balance/obesity in cancer prevention and control, as well as the development of better methods for the assessment of active and sedentary behaviors in population-based research.
  • McGlynn, Katherine A., Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Molecular epidemiology of primary liver cancer and testicular cancer.
  • Moore, Steven C., Ph.D., M.P.H.
    The role of physical activity and obesity in the development of cancer; diet biomarkers; metabolomics studies.


  • Sinha, Rashmi, Ph.D.
    Interdisciplinary studies of the role of diet in cancer etiology, especially the role of meat, poultry, and fish in relation to cancer risk. Study of non-nutritive constituents of diet, e.g., carcinogens formed during the cooking process and chemopreventive properties of coffee. Methods studies. Evaluating the associations of cancer risk factors with the human microbiome.
  • Stolzenberg-Solomon, Rachael Z., Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
    Prospective studies of dietary and lifestyle factors, as well as nutritional and molecular biomarkers in relation to primarily gastrointestinal cancers, particularly pancreatic cancer.


  • Vogtmann, Emily J., Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Association between the human microbiome and cancer risk and evaluation of methods for collection, storage, and processing of samples and data for study of the human microbiome.