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Michigan Cancer Center Names Michigan Professor to Lead Cancer Prevention, Control Research

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has appointed Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee as associate director for population science research to oversee the center’s research on cancer screening, detection and prevention, as well as research on cancer outcomes, disparities and new models of cancer care delivery.

[Photo: Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee]

Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only 45 comprehensive U.S. centers to earn the National Cancer Institute’s “Comprehensive” designation by meeting strict guidelines for:

“As a biostatistician and epidemiologist, I can bring a lot to this role,” Dr. Mukherjee says. “We live in a very data-driven world. There are tremendous opportunities, both within the University of Michigan and nationally around big data – using medical records and mining large datasets to manage patient outcomes and care. Groundbreaking prevention and health communications research is happening today by using social media and mobile sensors. Data is helping us to better understand disparities in cancer care, delivery and outcomes.”

Dr. Mukherjee plans to foster and facilitate cross-collaborations and support the biomedical prevention and cancer care delivery programs at the Cancer Center as well as help with new recruitments and initiatives that advance population sciences.

Dr. Mukherjee is the John D. Kalbfleisch Collegiate Professor of biostatistics and professor of epidemiology at the U-M School of Public Health. She also serves as associate chair for biostatistics. Her cancer research has focused on how the interaction between genes and the environment impacts cancer risk. She has studied the roles of diet, physical activity and lifestyle factors, and their interplay with the genetic architecture of an individual. Integrating data on genes and the environment can help identify susceptible sub-populations at higher risk of cancer and allow researchers to design targeted intervention strategies. Dr. Mukherjee also has worked on models to predict cancer risk among people with known genetic risk coming from high risk families.

Dr. Mukherjee received her doctorate in statistics from Purdue University, where she also earned a master’s of science in mathematical statistics. She holds a master’s degree in applied statistics and data analysis from the Indian Statistical Institute.

Dr. Mukherjee’s appointment is effective January 15. For more information, click here.