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Brenda Diergaarde, PhD

Associate Professor, Human Genetics

Member, UPCI Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program, and Lung Cancer Program

Affiliate Faculty, Center for Bioethics and Health Law


UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 4C, Office # 467, 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
R-znvy: qvretnneqro@hczp.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-178-0346

Personal Statement

Research Interests

  • Role of environmental factors, genetic variation and gene-environment interactions in the development, progression and treatment of cancer, including cancers of the lung, head & neck, colon and breast
  • Biomarkers for early detection of cancer, response to treatment, and risk stratification
  • Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology
  • Science & Technology Studies
  • Research Ethics



  • Leiden University (Leiden, the Netherlands) – M.Sc. Biochemistry, 1993
  • Wageningen University (Wageningen, the Netherlands) – Ph.D. Molecular Epidemiology, 2004
  • Dutch Cancer Society Training Fellowship, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA), 2003-2005
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow Cancer Prevention Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA), 2005-2007


- Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology (EPIDEM 2600)

- Research Ethics and The Responsible Conduct of Research (PUBHLT 2030)

- Introduction to Gene Mapping (HUGEN 2029)

Brenda  Diergaarde
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