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An Indian-origin researcher appointed by a prestigious US university to lead its cancer-related research programmes

An Indian origin researcher appointed by a prestigious US university to lead its cancer related research programmes pardesi news 1459247756

An Indian-origin researcher has been appointed by a prestigious US university to lead its cancer prevention, control research programmes.

An Indian-origin researcher, Ms. Bhramar Mukherjee has been appointed by University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Centre as the Associate Director for population science research. Post her appointment; she will supervise the Center's research on cancer causes, prevention, care delivery and outcomes.

Ms. Mukherjee, whose research has focused on how the interaction between genes and the environment impacts cancer risk, is a John D Kalbfleisch Collegiate professor of biostatistics and professor of epidemiology at the university's School of Public Health. She has extensively worked on models to predict cancer risk among people with known genetic risk coming from high risk families.

"As a biostatistician and epidemiologist, I can bring a lot to this role…We live in a very data-driven world. There are tremendous opportunities, both within the University of Michigan and nationally around big data - using medical records and mining large datasets to manage patient outcomes and care", a university release quoted Ms. Mukherjee as saying.

Ms. Mukherjee, who grew up in Kolkata, joined the University of Michigan faculty in 2006. Prior to this, she received doctorate in statistics from Purdue University, where she also earned a master’s of science in mathematical statistics. She also holds a master’s degree in applied statistics and data analysis from the prestigious Indian Statistical Institute.

Ms. Mukherjee’s appointment to the post is effective from January 15, 2016.

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