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Lesley M. Butler, PhD, MSPH 

Assistant Professor 

Research Interests:
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Colorectal, Breast & Prostate Cancer Risk
  • Dietary Factors & Cancer

The underlying goal of my research is to define relationships between dietary factors and cancer by using epidemiology methods in combination with tools from chemistry and genetics, such as dietary biomarkers and genetic polymorphisms that relate to the detoxification and activation of dietary compounds. My projects address research hypotheses that are informed by experimental evidence, and therefore produce results with the greatest potential for elucidating underlying diet-cancer mechanisms and impacting public health.

Past projects include evaluating heterocyclic amine exposure from cooked meat and risk of colon cancer, and genetic susceptibility to these dietary compounds. My current projects include evaluating various diet and cancer hypotheses, specific to colorectal, breast and prostate cancer risk in a large prospective cohort of Singapore Chinese.

Courses Taught:
  • Cancer Epidemiology (Fall 2010)
Current Research Projects:
  • Singapore Chinese Health Study
  • University of California Davis, BS, Biological Sciences
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, MSPH, PhD, Epidemiology

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