Julie A. Ross, PhD, professor and director of the Division of Pediatric Epidemiology and Clinical Research at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, died June 19, 2015, at the age of 54. Ross had been a member of the AACR since 1992.
Ross joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1995, and also held an adjunct appointment in the Division of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. She was a leader in the field of molecular and pediatric epidemiology, and used her training in molecular biology and classic epidemiology to study the etiology of infant leukemias, myeloid leukemias, and the role of mitochondrial DNA in transplant outcomes. Ross was associate chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and lead investigator of the Childhood Cancer Research Network within COG. She also served on the National Institutes of Health’s Epidemiology of Cancer (EPIC) Study Section.
Ross was an active member of the AACR, having served on the editorial boards of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention and Cancer Research, and on the Molecular Epidemiology Working Group. She was recognized in 1993 with the AACR-Upjohn Company Scholar-in-Training Award.
In addition to the AACR, Ross was a member of the American Society of Preventive Oncology. She was born March 15, 1961, and received her master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota.