Molecular epidemiologist Dr. Adana Llanos from the Rutgers School of Public Health has been selected to receive a Buckeyes under 40 Award. This award recognizes young Ohio State University alumni who have made significant contributions in their respective fields. The award is given by the Black Alumni Society at OSU with the intent of highlighting young talent doing remarkable things.
[Photo: Dr. Adana Llanos]
“Attending the Ohio State University (MPH, class of 2013) and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center provided me with invaluable experiences which solidified my interest in pursuing a career in cancer research with particular focus on cancer disparities” says Dr. Llanos, assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health. She is also a member of the Division of Population Sciences (in the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program) at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Dr. Llanos’ primary area of research focuses on understanding genetic and non-genetic factors associated with cancer disparities, particularly cancers that disproportionately affect minority and underserved populations. She is focused on establishing a research niche in clinical and translational cancer prevention studies, bridging the gap between community-based and laboratory-based studies. Through the translation of molecular research findings to both community and clinical populations, she hopes to reduce cancer disparities.
“At OSU, I learned from and collaborated with many world-class scientists and clinicians which allowed me to develop a professional network that is virtually unmatched and has been an important part of my success to date. These experiences and the lifelong friendships that I cultivated at OSU raised the bar immeasurably for me as a professional and as a person.”