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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

8/2/2019
Bergom C, West CM, Higginson DS, Abazeed ME, Arun B, Bentzen SM, Bernstein JL, Evans JD, Gerber NK, Kerns SL, Keen J, Litton JK, Reiner AS, Riaz N, Rosenstein BS, Sawakuchi GO, Shaitelman SF, Powell SN, Woodward WA. "The implications of genetic testing on radiotherapy decisions: a guide for radiation oncologists." International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics.. 2019 Aug 2; Epub 2019 Aug 02.

6/2019
Peppone LJ, Inglis JE, Mustian KM, Heckler CE, Padula GDA, Mohile SG, Kamen CS, Culakova E, Lin PJ, Kerns SL, Cole S, Janelsins MC. "Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Versus Omega-6 Fatty Acids for the Control of Cancer-Related Fatigue Among Breast Cancer Survivors." . 2019 Jun 0; 3(2):pkz005. Epub 2019 Feb 21.

5/16/2019
Kerns SL, Fachal L, Dorling L, Barnett GC, Baran A, Peterson DR, Hollenberg M, Hao K, Narzo AD, Ahsen ME, Pandey G, Bentzen SM, Janelsins M, Elliott RM, Pharoah PDP, Burnet NG, Dearnaley DP, Gulliford SL, Hall E, Sydes MR, Aguado-Barrera ME, Gómez-Caamaño A, Carballo AM, Peleteiro P, Lobato-Busto R, Stock R, Stone NN, Ostrer H, Usmani N, Singhal S, Tsuji H, Imai T, Saito S, Eeles R, DeRuyck K, Parliament M, Dunning AM, Vega A, Rosenstein BS, West CML. "Radiogenomics Consortium Genome-Wide Association Study Meta-analysis of Late Toxicity after Prostate Cancer Radiotherapy." Journal of the National Cancer Institute.. 2019 May 16; Epub 2019 May 16.

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