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Emory: Lauren E. McCullough Recipient of 2019 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award

Dr. Lauren E. McCullough, Rollins Assistant Professor at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER).

Dr. McCullough was selected for the national award in a two-step process that included nominations from numerous Emory faculty — compiled into a unified letter written by the Department of Epidemiology’s chair Dr. Timothy L. Lash — and numerous external letters of support from epidemiologists at member institutions.

“Lauren’s scientific rigor, leadership, and work ethic are evident in everything she does,” says Dr. Lash. “She’s an outstanding epidemiologist and colleague whose research in breast cancer disparities has had national significance. It was a privilege to recommend her for this award, which is well-deserved.”

The award, named for renowned epidemiologist Dr. Brian MacMahon, is presented annually to an early career epidemiologist who have made significant contributions to the field and are poised to become future leaders in epidemiology.

“As a scientist, you put your head down, do your science, mentor students and teach,” says Dr. McCullough. “I love being in the community and doing my work … it’s part of who I am and something I do without expecting recognition. So, to receive this award from SER is such an honor.”

Trained as a molecular epidemiologist, Dr. McCullough primarily investigates the genetics and epigenetics that underpin cancer progression — particularly breast cancer in African American populations — and survival in relation to socio-economic factors. “My research bridges the biologic and the social and tries to translate from above the skin to below it,” says Dr. McCullough.

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