Dr. Mariana Stern is a professor in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Urology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, a member of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and director of graduate programs in molecular epidemiology. Dr. Stern obtained her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Buenos Aires School of Science, her PhD in cancer biology from the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and obtained postdoctoral training in epidemiology at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Dr. Stern’s research has focused on identifying genetic and environmental risk factors for various cancers, including colorectal and prostate cancer, with an interest on the role of dietary factors as potential sources of carcinogenic exposures, with many of these studies including Latinos and African-Americans. Her contributions include being a co-author of two monographs from the International Agency of Research in Cancer (IARC/WHO) on the carcinogenic risks of consumption of red meat and processed meats, and coffee and hot beverages. Dr. Stern also studies cancer patterns and tumor characteristics among Latino populations, taking into account sources of heterogeneity within this group, as well as clinical epidemiology of prostate cancer among Latinos and African-Americans.
Dr. Stern is a member of the Minorities in Cancer Research group of the American Association of Cancer Research, and has served in the Scientific Program committee of the AACR Science of Cancer Health Disparities conference, the Latino Cancer Summit, and the inaugural conference of Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos. Dr. Stern is committed to advancing the knowledge of cancer in Latinos, mentoring the next generation of cancer disparity researchers, and attracting underrepresented minority students to cancer health disparities research.