Trang VoPham

Research Fellow

Department of Epidemiology

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Concurrent appointments: Research Fellow at Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital  Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School

Research interests: environmental and cancer epidemiology, geographic information systems (GIS), and remote sensing

I am an epidemiologist interested in using spatial methods to study environmental determinants of health. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI) Program for Training in Cancer Epidemiology (T32CA009001). My doctoral dissertation included a case-control study examining agricultural pesticide exposure and hepatocellular carcinoma through linking the SEER-Medicare database to the California Pesticide Use Reports database using a GIS. My dissertation also included the development of a GIS and Landsat remote sensing method to estimate agricultural pesticide exposure. Current research projects include spatiotemporal modeling of erythemal ultraviolet radiation in the U.S., examining the relationships between environmental factors and breast cancer risk in the Nurses’ Health Studies, and air pollution exposure assessment using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Recent awards
  • 2016: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) in Clinical Research Award, funding institute: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • 2014: 2nd Place, UNIGIS International Academic Excellence Awards
  • 2014: 1st Place, Population Sciences Poster Presentations, 26th Annual University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) Scientific Retreat Director’s Awards
  • 2014: 2nd Place, Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) Thesis Competition, University of Southern California (USC) Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI)
  • 2011: Outstanding Student Award, Master’s Level, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology
Recent presentations
  • [Oral presentation] Sept. 2016: VoPham T, Hart JE, Bertrand KA, Sun Z, Tamimi RM, Laden F. Exposure modeling of erythemal ultraviolet radiation: spatiotemporal downscaling using geostatistics. National Cancer Institute (NCI) Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control and Population Sciences (GAccPS) Conference, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • [Poster presentation] Sept. 2016: VoPham T, DuPre N, Tamimi RM, James P, Bertrand KA, Vieira V, Laden F, Hart JE. Environmental radon and breast cancer risk in the Nurses’ Health Study II. National Cancer Institute (NCI) Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control and Population Sciences (GAccPS) Conference, Bethesda, Maryland.
Education
  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
  • M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology, University of Southern California, 2014
  • M.P.H. in Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • B.A. in Sociology (major) and Environmental Sciences (minor), University of Virginia, 2009