Personal Statement

I have worked in the area of cancer prevention and etiology for the past 29 years – first at Yale University, then at the Cancer Prevention Research Institute in New York City, followed by 10 years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center prior to moving to New Mexico. I have mentored many individuals and have been a well-funded epidemiologist for 30 years. I am delighted to assist the UNMCCC in this renewal application. I was part of the team for the first NCI designation as a Cancer Center and have been very involved in participating in the UNMCCC program since then (2005).

Our Cancer Center is unique and highly productive. I am proud to be involved as Associate Director for Population Sciences. It has been a pleasure to watch the Center grow during the past 15 years; we have a remarkable team in population science, all of whom work in strong collaboration within the CCPS program as well as between the programs in CMO and CT. Having served on the Parent Committee for five years, I can attest to the high level of synergy in our Center, the strong leadership team, and the commitment to the population of New Mexico and beyond.

Areas of Specialty

Melanoma, DNA repair capacity and cancer disparities in New Mexico.