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Sarah L. Kerns, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-2229

Faculty Appointments

Biography

Research

My research focus is on an area termed 'Radiogenomics', which is the study of genetic factors that are associated with increased risk of developing late effects from radiotherapy used in treatment of cancer. The long term goal of this work is to develop a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) - based signature that can identify individual cancer patients who are at high risk of developing various normal tissue effects from their radiation treatment. Several genome-wide association studies are underway among prostate cancer cohorts in which patients are treated with radiotherapy and followed-up for several years to monitor for development of late urinary, rectal and sexual effects. The goal of these studies is to identify SNPs associated with each of these types of late radiotherapy effects and then develop risk models using these SNPs. Such models could be incorporated into clinical trials aiming to personalize radiotherapy to an individual's risk of normal tissue effects.

Credentials

Education

2002
BS | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Biochemistry

2007
PhD | Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
Cancer Biology

2008
MPH | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Public Health

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/2011 - 09/2013
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Radiation Oncology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

07/2009 - 07/2011
Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Genetics Program, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

Awards

2017 - 2019
NCI Clinical Loan Repayment Program Award
Sponsor: NIH/NCI

2015 - 2020
NCI K07 Career Development Award
Sponsor: NIH/NCI

2010
Annual Meeting Award
Sponsor: American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

2008
MPH Field Experience Fund-Group Award
Sponsor: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2004 - 2005
Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities Fellowship
Sponsor: Northwestern Univ. Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Publications

Journal Articles

7/2018
Schumacher FR, Al Olama AA, Berndt SI, Benlloch S, Ahmed M, Saunders EJ, Dadaev T, Leongamornlert D, Anokian E, Cieza-Borrella C, Goh C, Brook MN, Sheng X, Fachal L, Dennis J, Tyrer J, Muir K, Lophatananon A, Stevens VL, Gapstur SM, Carter BD, Tangen CM, Goodman PJ, Thompson IM, Batra J, Chambers S, Moya L, Clements J, Horvath L, Tilley W, Risbridger GP, Gronberg H, Aly M, Nordström T, Pharoah P, Pashayan N, Schleutker J, Tammela TLJ, Sipeky C, Auvinen A, Albanes D, Weinstein S, Wolk A, Håkansson N, West CML, Dunning AM, Burnet N, Mucci LA, Giovannucci E, Andriole GL, Cussenot O, Cancel-Tassin G, Koutros S, Beane Freeman LE, Sorensen KD, Orntoft TF, Borre M, Maehle L, Grindedal EM, Neal DE, Donovan JL, Hamdy FC, Martin RM, Travis RC, Key TJ, Hamilton RJ, Fleshner NE, Finelli A, Ingles SA, Stern MC, Rosenstein BS, Kerns SL, Ostrer H, Lu YJ, Zhang HW, Feng N, Mao X, Guo X, Wang G, Sun Z, Giles GG, Southey MC, MacInnis RJ, FitzGerald LM, Kibel AS, Drake BF, Vega A, Gómez-Caamaño A, Szulkin R, Eklund M, Kogevinas M, Llorca J, Castaño-Vinyals G, Penney KL, Stampfer M, Park JY, Sellers TA, Lin HY, Stanford JL, Cybulski C, Wokolorczyk D, Lubinski J, Ostrander EA, Geybels MS, Nordestgaard BG, Nielsen SF, Weischer M, Bisbjerg R, Røder MA, Iversen P, Brenner H, Cuk K, Holleczek B, Maier C, Luedeke M, Schnoeller T, Kim J, Logothetis CJ, John EM, Teixeira MR, Paulo P, Cardoso M, Neuhausen SL, Steele L, Ding YC, De Ruyck K, De Meerleer G, Ost P, Razack A, Lim J, Teo SH, Lin DW, Newcomb LF, Lessel D, Gamulin M, Kulis T, Kaneva R, Usmani N, Singhal S, Slavov C, Mitev V, Parliament M, Claessens F, Joniau S, Van den Broeck T, Larkin S, Townsend PA, Aukim-Hastie C, Dominguez MG, Castelao JE, Martinez ME, Roobol MJ, Jenster G, van Schaik RHN, Menegaux F, Truong T, Koudou YA, , Xu J, Khaw KT, Cannon-Albright L, Pandha H, Michael A, Thibodeau SN, McDonnell SK, Schaid DJ, Lindstrom S, Turman C, Ma J, Hunter DJ, Riboli E, Siddiq A, Canzian F, Kolonel LN, Le Marchand L, Hoover RN, Machiela MJ, Cui Z, Kraft P, , , , , , , , , Amos CI, Conti DV, Easton DF, Wiklund F, Chanock SJ, Henderson BE, Kote-Jarai Z, Haiman CA, Eeles RA. "Association analyses of more than 140,000 men identify 63 new prostate cancer susceptibility loci." Nature genetics.. 2018 Jul 0; 50(7):928-936. Epub 2018 Jun 11.

6/14/2018
Kerns S, Chuang KH, Hall W, Werner Z, Chen Y, Ostrer H, West C, Rosenstein B. "Radiation biology and oncology in the genomic era." The British journal of radiology.. 2018 Jun 14; :20170949. Epub 2018 Jun 14.

6/11/2018
Dadaev T, Saunders EJ, Newcombe PJ, Anokian E, Leongamornlert DA, Brook MN, Cieza-Borrella C, Mijuskovic M, Wakerell S, Olama AAA, Schumacher FR, Berndt SI, Benlloch S, Ahmed M, Goh C, Sheng X, Zhang Z, Muir K, Govindasami K, Lophatananon A, Stevens VL, Gapstur SM, Carter BD, Tangen CM, Goodman P, Thompson IM, Batra J, Chambers S, Moya L, Clements J, Horvath L, Tilley W, Risbridger G, Gronberg H, Aly M, Nordström T, Pharoah P, Pashayan N, Schleutker J, Tammela TLJ, Sipeky C, Auvinen A, Albanes D, Weinstein S, Wolk A, Hakansson N, West C, Dunning AM, Burnet N, Mucci L, Giovannucci E, Andriole G, Cussenot O, Cancel-Tassin G, Koutros S, Freeman LEB, Sorensen KD, Orntoft TF, Borre M, Maehle L, Grindedal EM, Neal DE, Donovan JL, Hamdy FC, Martin RM, Travis RC, Key TJ, Hamilton RJ, Fleshner NE, Finelli A, Ingles SA, Stern MC, Rosenstein B, Kerns S, Ostrer H, Lu YJ, Zhang HW, Feng N, Mao X, Guo X, Wang G, Sun Z, Giles GG, Southey MC, MacInnis RJ, FitzGerald LM, Kibel AS, Drake BF, Vega A, Gómez-Caamaño A, Fachal L, Szulkin R, Eklund M, Kogevinas M, Llorca J, Castaño-Vinyals G, Penney KL, Stampfer M, Park JY, Sellers TA, Lin HY, Stanford JL, Cybulski C, Wokolorczyk D, Lubinski J, Ostrander EA, Geybels MS, Nordestgaard BG, Nielsen SF, Weisher M, Bisbjerg R, Røder MA, Iversen P, Brenner H, Cuk K, Holleczek B, Maier C, Luedeke M, Schnoeller T, Kim J, Logothetis CJ, John EM, Teixeira MR, Paulo P, Cardoso M, Neuhausen SL, Steele L, Ding YC, De Ruyck K, De Meerleer G, Ost P, Razack A, Lim J, Teo SH, Lin DW, Newcomb LF, Lessel D, Gamulin M, Kulis T, Kaneva R, Usmani N, Slavov C, Mitev V, Parliament M, Singhal S, Claessens F, Joniau S, Van den Broeck T, Larkin S, Townsend PA, Aukim-Hastie C, Gago-Dominguez M, Castelao JE, Martinez ME, Roobol MJ, Jenster G, van Schaik RHN, Menegaux F, Truong T, Koudou YA, Xu J, Khaw KT, Cannon-Albright L, Pandha H, Michael A, Kierzek A, Thibodeau SN, McDonnell SK, Schaid DJ, Lindstrom S, Turman C, Ma J, Hunter DJ, Riboli E, Siddiq A, Canzian F, Kolonel LN, Le Marchand L, Hoover RN, Machiela MJ, Kraft P, , Freedman M, Wiklund F, Chanock S, Henderson BE, Easton DF, Haiman CA, Eeles RA, Conti DV, Kote-Jarai Z. "Fine-mapping of prostate cancer susceptibility loci in a large meta-analysis identifies candidate causal variants." Nature communications.. 2018 Jun 11; 9(1):2256. Epub 2018 Jun 11.

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