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Department of Thoracic Surgery

Melinda Aldrich, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Aldrich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Thoracic Surgery. She holds a joint appointment in the Division of Epidemiology.

Dr. Aldrich attended college at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received her B.A. in Biology in 1992. After finishing college, she worked at Genentech, Inc. as a research scientist focusing on asthma pulmonary biology. In 2001, she left Genentech to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2003, and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology in 2007. Dr. Aldrich completed her postdoctoral training in 2010 at the University of California, San Francisco focusing on racial/ethnic differences in pulmonary function. She joined the Vanderbilt faculty in October 2010.

Research
Dr. Aldrich's research interests focus on identifying genetic and environmental risk factors for lung cancer and other pulmonary diseases in diverse racial/ethnic populations. Her interests include understanding racial differences in lung cancer incidence and survival outcomes. She is particularly interested in leveraging population substructure to elucidate the genetic epidemiology of lung cancer. Dr. Aldrich's interests also include personalized genomic testing and pharmacogenetics. She recently completed an NIH study on "Genetic Admixture and Pulmonary Function Decline" examining the association between genetic ancestry and reduced pulmonary function among African Americans.

Education
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1992
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2003
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Post-graduate Training

  • Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA-T32) Fellowship, 2007-2009
  • Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA-F32) Fellowship, 2009
  • Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, 2009-2010

Publications
Dr. Aldrich has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer Research, Carcinogenesis, Environmental Health Perspectives, and American Journal of Epidemiology. Review some of her articles on PubMed.

 Dr. Aldrich's Curriculum Vitae is available in PDF format.

Contact
Melinda C. Aldrich, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Thoracic Surgery and Division of Epidemiology
609 Oxford House
Nashville, TN 37232-4682
Phone: (615) 322-3386
Fax: (615) 936-7003
Email: melinda.aldrich@vanderbilt.edu
Web: www.thoracic.vanderbilt.edu

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