Population Sciences

Program Leaders

Christine Ambrosone, PhD
Andrew Hyland, PhD


Alicia Tuyn, MBA
Tel: 716-845-8721

The overall goal of the Population Sciences Program is to decrease cancer morbidity and mortality through the identification of exposures and genetic factors that affect cancer risk and prognosis, and to develop primary, secondary and tertiary cancer prevention interventions. The Program seeks to translate basic and clinical science findings, applying them to human populations. Because underserved populations bear a disproportionate share of cancer morbidity and mortality, we also investigate sources of cancer health disparities; access to screening and care, and biologic, genetic and lifestyle factors, including diet, tobacco and other environmental exposures.

To address these goals, our research is focused on four themes, each with research that spans the cancer continuum from etiology to treatment outcomes. These include: 1) Nutrition and Chemoprevention; 2) Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer Risk and Prognosis; 3) Cancer Health Disparities; and 4) Tobacco Epidemiology and Translation into Policy.


Program Members

Christine Ambrosone, PhD

Maansi Bansal-Travers, PhD, MS

Elizabeth Gage Bouchard, PhD

Ting-Yuan (David) Cheng, PhD

Deborah Erwin, PhD

Zhihong Gong, PhD

Maciej Goniewicz, PhD, PharmD

Theresa Hahn, PhD

Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW

Chi-Chen Hong, PhD

Andrew Hyland, PhD

Kara Kelly, MD

Thaer Khoury, MD, FCAP

Martin Mahoney, MD, PhD

James Marshall, PhD

Susan McCann, PhD, RD

Richard O'Connor, PhD

Tracey O'Connor, MD

Mary Reid, PhD

Elisa Rodriguez, PhD, MS

Li Tang, PhD

Mark Travers, PhD, MS

Willie Underwood, MD, MPH, MSci 

Song Yao, PhD