​MEG Election Results

Congratulations to Jennifer A. Doherty, PhD, MEG Chairperson-elect 2019-2020

Our thanks to Jennifer A. Doherty, PhD, and Leah E. Mechanic, PhD, for standing for election, and to the MEG membership for participating in the election. We congratulate Dr. Doherty on her election as MEG chairperson-elect. Dr. Doherty will assume the office of chairperson-elect at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019, March 29-April 3, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jennifer A. Doherty, PhD
Associate Professor and Huntsman Cancer Institute Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Department of Population Health Sciences
Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Other Positions Currently Held:         

Executive Director and Principal Investigator Utah Cancer Registry, a Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) site

Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Epidemiology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Affiliate Investigator Division of Public Health Sciences, Program in Epidemiology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington

PhD, University of Washington

MS, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Interests / Vision Statement:
My multi-disciplinary, team science-based research program leverages cutting-edge bioinformatics techniques motivated by epidemiologic principles to understand the molecular and genetic epidemiology of ovarian and lung cancers. I deeply value mentoring the next generation of team scientists, and am dedicated to fostering opportunities for underrepresented individuals because bringing together individuals with diverse experiences and mindsets sparks creative thinking. I hope to revolutionize the way we teach epidemiology so that from the beginning of our training, we learn how to speak the languages of other disciplines and provide the cohesion necessary to build and lead multi-disciplinary teams. In this way, we will be able to tackle the hardest problems in cancer research in a transformative way—with epidemiologists front and center.

My experiences in building my research program along with my mentoring philosophies influence my vision for MEG, which is strongly rooted in the mission “to foster and strengthen team-based, trans-disciplinary research to develop a more integrated understanding of cancer etiology and outcomes in human populations.” I am determined to increase the visibility of epidemiology at AACR meetings and to develop MEG special conferences that both address the needs of molecular epidemiologists and inspire researchers from other disciplines to seek collaborations with epidemiologists. Key to achieving this goal is to engage members of MEG and the Associate Member Council to brainstorm developing innovative sessions; build connections with the Cancer Immunology Working Group (CIMM) and others to co-plan meeting events; and maintain a strong network of epidemiologists on AACR Meeting Program and Education Committees.