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Dr. Cheryl Thompson is a genetic and molecular epidemiologist who is interested in the intersection of behavioral, lifestyle and environmental factors with inherited variation to influence individual risk of cancer or cancer outcomes. Using human populations, she seeks to understand what causes cancer development and progression in hopes of identifying ways to prevent and treat cancer.

Professional information

Dr. Cheryl Thompson serves as the Associate Director for Population Sciences, Penn State Cancer Institute.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, PhD, Case Western Reserve University

… → May 2007

Computer Science, MS, Case Western Reserve University

… → May 2003

Computer Engineering, BS, Case Western Reserve University

… → May 2000

External positions

Secretary/Treasurer, American Society of Preventive Oncology



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