Claire Hahni Kim
Ms. Kim was accepted into the Ph.D. program and the T32 Cancer Epidemiology Training Program effective August 1, 2011. She defended her Ph.D. proposal, entitled “Involuntary Smoking, Genetic Susceptibility, and Polymorphisms and Lung Cancer among Never Smokers” and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy on June 14th, 2013. Ms. Kim continues to focus on her doctoral dissertation research; she has two first-authored papers on environmental tobacco smoking and lung cancer published, and one co-authored paper on indoor air pollution and lung cancer has been accepted for publication. She has an additional four manuscripts in preparation.
was accepted into the T32 cancer epidemiology training program on October 1, 2012 and defended his Ph.D. proposal, entitled “Tobacco Carcinogens and Genetic Polymorphisms on Risk and Survival of Lung and Upper Aerodigestive Tract (UADT) Cancers,” on November 26, 2013, and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy. He is currently working on associations of tobacco carcinogens and the risk and survival of lung and UADT cancers. During the reporting period, his research results were presented orally at the International Lung Cancer Consortium (ILCCO) and International Head and Neck Cancer Consortium (INHANCE) Annual Conferences (2014). He published four co-authored papers during the training period that are related to his previous research before entering the T32 training program.
Ms. Baecker was accepted into the T32 training program on October 1, 2013. She took all courses required to fulfill the doctoral requirement during the reporting period and passed her Ph.D. written qualifying examination in January 2014. During the reporting period, Ms. Baecker published three co-author papers and has two manuscripts submitted related to her previous research before entering the T32 training program. She presented a poster entitled, "Adipokines and the Risk of Gestational Diabetes: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis," at the 2013 NIH Summer Research Program Poster Day, and received a National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Training Award in 2013. She is currently working on a manuscript on the attributable risk of liver cancer using global incidence and risk factor data. Her Ph.D. proposal will be “MicroRNA, Diet and Pathogenesis of Liver Cancer," which will be defended in the Spring Quarter of 2015.
Mr. Keebler was accepted into the T32 training program on October 1, 2013. During the reporting period, he completed all course requirements for the Ph.D. degree and has passed the written Ph.D. qualifying examination. With considerable experience in global health and policy work, he was appointed as a U.S. Department of State Diplomacy Fellow in 2013, with direct advancement to the oral examination component of the Foreign Service Officer selection process (>80% of applicants are screened out prior to this phase). He published three papers related to his research before entering the T32 training program, one of which was a first-authored publication in Lancet Global Health. He presented two meeting abstracts, "How Should HIV Programmes Monitor Adults on ART? A Combined Analysis of Three Mathematical Models” at the International AIDS Society's 7th Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2013; and “The Cost and Impact of Alternative Strategies for Monitoring Adult and Child Patients on ART” at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Modeling to Support Decision-Making Meeting” in Seattle, WA, 2013. He is currently preparing his Ph.D. proposal, to be defended in Spring 2015. His tentative dissertation research will be on “Bioinformatics and Analytic Methods for Omics Data in Cancer Molecular Epidemiology”.
Fayth Miles, PhD, MS
Alan Fu, MPH, Ph.D