CPCTP Trainee News
July 1, 2013, CPCTP newest trainee - Erin M. Burns, MS, PhD
I am very excited to be a new postdoctoral trainee in the CPCTP. The interdisciplinary focus of the program, the history of successful training, and the collaborative nature of everyone at UAB cemented my decision to move to Birmingham from up north in Columbus, Ohio. Progressing from backyard experiments in my hometown of Greenwood, Indiana, I earned my BA in Biology from Ball State University in 2007. I remained at BSU for an additional two years to complete a Biotechnology Certification Program as well as my MS in Biology, where my research examined immune responses of mice infected with Staphylococcus aureus. These programs fostered my love for research, resulting in the decision to attend The Ohio State University to obtain my PhD, where my dissertation research investigated the role of sex-based differences in the treatment and prevention of squamous cell carcinoma. My research interests include skin cancer, topical and nutritional interventions, obesity, immunology, and epidemiology. During my time in the CPCTP, I hope to expand my knowledge, especially in the area of epidemiology. I also hope to develop skills in laboratory management and grant writing in order to foster my career as an independent investigator. Outside of my research, I enjoy being outdoors (with sunscreen, of course), football, and painting. I look forward to my time in Birmingham, at UAB, and as a member of the CPCTP.
Staci L. Sudenga, PhD, MPH, former CPCTP Trainee
I recently graduated from UAB with my PhD in epidemiology and my dissertation focused on “host genetic factors associated with HPV outcomes.” After graduating, I moved to Tampa, Florida as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cancer Epidemiology department at Moffitt Cancer Center. I am funded through the NCI R25 program for two years. My primary mentor is Anna Giuliano, PHD and her research focuses on HPV natural history in men. Dr. Giuliano has an ongoing cohort of men from Brazil, Mexico and USA that make up the HPV in Men (HIM) cohort. Along with this cohort, she also has a Gardasil vaccine trial in South Africa. Currently, my role as a postdoctoral fellow will be to conceptualize, analyze, and compose manuscripts in the HIM and vaccine trial data, assist with grant writing, and begin the process of writing my own grant. This postdoctoral fellowship combined with my predoctoral experiences as a cancer prevention and control trainee will be extremely beneficial to my future as an independent researcher.
On May 11, 2013 the CPCTP faculty congratulated four stellar doctoral graduates who have accepted post-doctoral fellowships at leading institutions. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Casey Daniel (Health Behavior) who is headed to Harvard University; Dr. Staci Sudenga (Epidemiology) who will be a post-doc at Moffitt Cancer Center; Dr. Emily Vogtmann (Epidemiology) who has accepted a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute; and Dr. Liselle Bovell (Cellular and Molecular Pathology) who will become a post-doctoral fellow at Morehouse School of Medicine. The CPCTP thanks these graduates for their contributions to our program, and we wish them well in their continuing post-doctoral education. Click on the following link (http://www.uab.edu/cpctp/former-trainees) for additional information about these four individuals as well as other former University of Alabama Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program (CPCTP) trainees.
- Liselle C. Bovell, BS, PhD; Department: Molecular / Cellular Pathology; Research Topic: Clinical Consequences of microRNAs in Colorectal Cancer
- Casey Leigh Daniel, MPH, PhD; Department: Health Behavior; Research Topic: Child and adolescent cancer outcomes, quality of life, survivorship
- Staci Lynn Sudenga, MPH, PhD; Department: Epidemiology; Research Topic: Cervical Cancer
- Emily Jean Vogtmann, BS, BA, MPH, PhD; Department: Epidemiology; Research Topic: Socioeconomic status and colorectal cancer survival
Cindy K. Blair, PhD (CPCTP Post-Doctorial Trainee) won second place in the poster competition at the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) 37th Annual Meeting, March 9-12, 2013, Memphis, TN.
- Blair C, Morey M, Desmond R, Sloane R, Snyder D, Cohen H, Demark-Wahnefried W. Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between light-intensity physical activity and physical function among elderly cancer survivors. Poster presentation at the American Society of Preventive Oncology, Memphis, March 2013.