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Jennifer A. Doherty, M.S., Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Population Health Sciences - Associate Professor, Obstetrics/Gynecology - Adjunct Associate Professor

Divisions: Cancer Population Science, Gynecologic Oncology

Academic Office Information

jennifer.doherty@hci.utah.edu

Research Interests

  • Identifying Similarities and Differences in Epidemiologic and Genetic Risk Factors and Survival Across Subtypes of Ovarian Cancer
  • Identifying Factors Associated with Ovarian Cancer Survival Disparities by Race/Ethnicity
  • Characterizing Epidemiologic and Molecular Features of Ovarian Cancer in Diverse Populations
  • Evaluating the Utility of Biomarkers Such as Telomere Length and Methylation Markers for Risk Stratification for Lung Cancer

Jennifer Anne Doherty, MS, PhD

Huntsman Cancer Institute Endowed Chair in Cancer Research

Executive Director, Utah Cancer Registry

Staff Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Dr. Doherty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah and a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. She is the Executive Director of the Utah Cancer Registry and the Principal Investigator of the Utah Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) site. Her NIH-funded research program focuses on the molecular and genetic epidemiology of ovarian and lung cancers. Dr. Doherty received her BS in Biology from Cornell University, an MS in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. After her post-doctoral fellowship, she joined the faculty at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. In 2012, she moved to the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has been a member of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah since 2016, and is the Chair of the Utah Population Database Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC), and a member of the Pre-clinical Research Resource FAC. Dr. Doherty holds an affiliate investigator appointment at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and an adjunct professor appointment with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She is a standing member of the NIH Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Panel B Study Section, and 2019-2020 Chair-Elect of the Steering Committee for the American Association for Cancer Research Molecular Epidemiology Working Group. She is dedicated to teaching and mentoring the next generation of team scientists.

Research Statement

Dr. Jennifer A. Doherty, MS, PhD, is a Huntsman Cancer Institute Endowed Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and an Affiliate Investigator in the Program in Epidemiology at the FHCRC. She is the Executive Director of the Utah Cancer Registry (UCR) and PI of the Utah SEER site. She has an NIH-funded research program in molecular and genetic epidemiology of ovarian and lung cancers, leading transdisciplinary team science with national and international collaborations. Her ovarian cancer research focuses on characterizing molecular subtypes to understand risk, outcomes, and disparities. Her work in lung cancer centers on identifying biomarkers that predict the development of lung cancer in heavy smokers. She has experience with developing innovative, integrative training programs in epidemiology. With her strong foundation in molecular epidemiologic methods, experience leading large scale transdisciplinary team studies, and role as a HCI Staff Investigator, she mentors trainees to integrate molecular epidemiology and bioinformatics with laboratory and clinical research efforts.

Education History

Postdoctoral Training Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
Postdoctoral Training
Certification University of Washington
Public Health Genetics
Certificate
Doctoral Training University of Washington
Epidemiology
Ph.D.
Graduate Training University of Illinois at Chicago
Epidemiology
M.S.
Undergraduate Cornell University
Biology
B.S.