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Melissa Troester, PhD

Melissa Troester, PhD

Department of Epidemiology
Research Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • 253 Rosenau
  • CB# 7435
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

The Troester laboratory studies breast cancer and benign breast disease using genomic, molecular pathology, and epidemiologic approaches. Much of Dr. Troester’s research focus has been on understanding interactions between the environment and breast genomics. Troester directs the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility and has led a Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program. She is Principal Investigator on the Carolina Breast Cancer Study (CBCS), a study of breast cancer epidemiology and biology focused on understanding breast cancer disparities and she is Co-Leader of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Epidemiology program. She has extensive experience working in consortia, including the African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk (AMBER) consortium, the Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC), and the Cancer Genome Atlas project. In the TCGA, she led analyses of benign breast genomics. A common theme throughout her work is integrating genomic data and molecular biology with human studies of breast cancer etiology and progression.

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Director, Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility

Co-Leader, Cancer Epidemiology Program, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.


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