Areas of Research

The UACC Cancer Prevention and Control Program provides two training track pathways:  Chemoprevention/Molecular Mechanisms and Population/Behavioral Science. Promising applicants representing any discipline related to cancer prevention and control health disparities or desire training in cancer prevention and control health disparities are encouraged to apply.

The positions are funded through the T32 Cancer Prevention and Control Translational Research Grant supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The goal of the T32 Training Grant is to train successful researchers in the field of cancer prevention and control health disparities.


Name Department(s) Research Interests
Alberts, David S., MD Medicine (Pharmacology) Colon cancer, skin cancer, gynecological cancer
Barton, Jennifer K., PhD Biomedical Engineering (Electrical and Computer Engineering) Translational biomedical optics for the early detection of cancer
Chow, Hsiao-Hui Sherry, PhD Medicine (Pharmaceutical Sciences) Clinical development of cancer chemopreventive agents
Ellis, Nathan A., PhD Cellular & Molecular Medicine (Cancer Biology) Genomic instability and cancer susceptibility, colon cancer and early onset colorectal cancer in African Americans
Funk, Janet L., MD Medicine (BIO5 Institute) Breast Cancer
Kittles, Rick A., PhD Surgery (Public Health) Genetic epidemiological approaches and high throughput technologies to study the genetics of complex traits and risks for common diseases, with an emphasis on health disparities, specifically in African American populations
Meuillet, Emmanuelle J., PhD Nutritional Sciences (BIO5 Institute) Lipid and cholesterol metabolism in carcinogenesis; chempreventive drug development
Muramoto, Myra L., MD, MPH Family and Community Medicine (Public Health) Novel pharmacologic, behavioral, and system interventions for tobacco cessation in underserved populations
Pagel , Mark D., PhD Medical Imaging (Biomedical Engineering) Optical and molecular cancer imaging

Romagnolo, Donato MSc, PhD

Nutritional Sciences (Center for Toxicology) Epigenetic silencing of environmental and dietary xenobiotics; the role of dietary bioactive food components in the etiology and prevention of cancer and inflammation
Witte, Marlys H., MD Surgery Lymph Vascular Disease
Zhang, Donna D., PhD Pharmacology and Toxicology (BIO5 Institute) Drug development for chemoprevention


Name Department(s) Research Interests
Badger, Terry A.,PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAPOS, FAAN Nursing (Psychiatry) Quality of life for cancer survivors, psychosocial oncology services for underserved, multicultural populations. 
Burgess, Jefferey L., MD, MPH, MS

Public Health (BIO5 Institute) 

Environmental health issues, populations exposed to arsenic and associated biomarkers and adverse effects, occupational health and cancer prevention 
Calhoun, Elizabeth A., PhD, MEd Public Health (Surgery) Minority Health and health disparities focused on breast cancer disparities and patient navigators in improving compliance with cancer care
Carvajal, Scott C., PhD, MPH Public Health Health behavior theory, social ecological models within minority populations, Latino/cultural behavioral science and health promotion science
Chen, Zhao, PhD, MPH Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) Body composition, aging, risk factors for cancer in diverse ethnic groups
Funk, Janet L., MD Medicine (BIO5 Institute) Breast Cancer
Going, Scott B., PhD Nutritional Sciences (Public Health) Body composition assessment methods, including dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, and physical activity assessment, exercise training and physical activity interventions, and promotion of health-related behaviors including physical activity and diet in Hispanic and American Indian communities
Gordon, Judith S., PhD Family and Community Medicine  Behavioral health, modification of lifestyle behaviors to improve health and healthcare, health disparities
Harris, Robin B., PhD, MPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Public Health) Skin cancer prevention, behavioral and lifestyle risk factors for cancer, environmental exposures, and cancer prevention among Hopi and Hispanic populations 
Hsu, Paul, PhD Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Public Health)  Statistical methodology in cancer research in health disparities
Menon, Usha, PhD, FAAN Nursing (Research and Global Advances) Health behavior change to reduce health disparities in cancer prevention
Muramoto, Myra L., MD, MPH Family and Community Medicine (Public Health) Novel pharmacologic, behavioral, and system interventions for tobacco cessation in underserved populations
Stone, Jeffrey A., PhD Psychology (Psychiatry) Attitude and behavior change processes; The role of stereotypes and prejudice in health disparities
Thomson, Cynthia A., PhD, RD, CSO14 Public Health (Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion) Diet and behavioral interventions for the modification of cancer risk in Hispanic communities to reduce health disparities