Charnita M. Zeigler-Johnson

Thomas Jefferson University, USA


Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zeigler-Johnson received a M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research in prostate cancer focuses on defining risk factors and better understanding prostate cancer disparities in the U.S. and developing countries. She is co-PI of the Study of Clinical Outcomes, Risk and Ethnicity (SCORE) at the University of Pennsylvania, a research collaborator for the PROGRÈS Study in Senegal, West Africa, and a member of the Men of African Descent and Prostate Cancer Consortium (MADCAP). Dr. Zeigler-Johnson studies molecular and environmental factors influencing prostate cancer occurrence, progression and treatment outcomes. These risk factors include genetic polymorphisms, inflammation biomarkers in the tumor microenvironment, race/ethnicity, diet, obesity, baldness, smoking, socioeconomic status and neighborhood characteristics. Her research goals are to identify risk factors and possible modes of prevention in high-risk populations and to provide new understanding about how contextual factors influence disease outcomes.

Biography Updated on 22 March 2015

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