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Jeannette Bensen, PhD

Jeannette Bensen, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
UNC Health Registry/Cancer Survivorship Cohort
Co-Director, Prostate Cancer Consortium
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 3130 Bioinformatics Building
  • CB# 7295
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Dr. Bensen’s interests focus on the effect that genes and environment have on risk, severity and progression of prostate and breast cancer as well as birth defects.

Within molecular genetic epidemiology, her focuses include: inflammation, gene structure-function, haplotype, admixture and genome-wide association and gene-environment interaction analyses.  She has experience working with biologic specimens in the laboratory, counseling patients for genetic diseases and designing and developing population and hospital-based research studies.

Research Activities

UNC Health Registry/Cancer Survivorship Cohort (supported by UCRF-state legislature)

NC-LA Prostate Cancer Project (PCaP)

Health Care Access and Prostate Cancer Treatment in North Carolina: HCaP-NC

Epidemiology of Breast Cancer Subtypes in African-American Women: a Consortium

Genetic variations in mitochondria and prostate cancer aggressiveness and progression in Caucasian and African American men

Vitamin D and Related Genes, Race and Prostate Cancer

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