The NYU Women's Health Study Team


Front row: Dr. Mengling Liu, Lynne Quinones, Dr. Karen Koenig, Dr. Fen Wu, Yelena Afanasyeva, Dr. Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Dr. Tess Clendenen Back row: Mark Alu, Liz Clancy, Dr. Yu Chen, Wenzhen Ge, Dr. Luis Chiriboga, Dr. Alan Arslan

Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, M.D., M.S., Principal Investigator, has been involved in the NYU Women's Health Study since 1995. Her research focuses on sex hormones and biomarkers in relation to female cancers.

Yelena Afanasyeva, M.S., Senior Data Manager, joined the NYU Women's Health Study in 1999. She has the crucial role of organizing and supervising the entry and retrieval of all the various data from the study participants. She also conducts data analyses and is responsible for the strict security procedures to ensure the protection of confidentiality.

Mark Alu, Histopathology Core Laboratory Manager, performs histology analyses of the NYU Women's Health Study tumor tissue samples.

Alan Arslan, M.D., Co-Investigator, has been with the team since 1995 and his research is focused on the role of inflammation in the development of ovarian, breast, and other cancers. He is also interested in the role of pregnancy and reproductive history in cancer.

Yu Chen, Ph.D., M.P.H., Co-Investigator, joined the NYU Women's Health Study research team in 2006. Her research focuses on environmental and dietary factors involved in the development of chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Luis Chiriboga, Ph.D., Immunohistochemistry Core Director, directs the study immunohistochemistry analyses of tumor tissue samples.

Liz Clancy, M.S., Senior Program Coordinator, was a member of the NYU Women's Health Study team from 1990 to 1995, and re-joined the team in 2009. She handles the many administrative tasks that are needed to make the study function properly, such as assisting in the preparation of institutional review board applications and annual progress reports.

Tess Clendenen, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, has been involved in several projects related to genetic, molecular, and hormonal risk factors for female cancers.

Farbod Darvishian, M.D., Co-Investigator, is the NYU Women's Health Study pathologist.

Wenzhen Ge, Graduate Assistant, is a Ph.D. candidate doing her thesis based on the NYU Women’s Health Study. She has been working on projects examing molecular and hormonal risk factors for breast cancer. She is also interested in lifestyle factors and hormones that could affect menopause.

Karen Koenig, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, has been an investigator of the NYU Women's Health Study since it began in 1985. Her research concerns the effects of diet and hormones on cancer and cardiovascular diseases in women.

Mengling Liu, Ph.D., Co-Investigator is the biostatistician for the NYU Women’s Health Study.

Cindy Loomis, M.D., Ph.D., Histolopathology Core Director, directs histology analyses for the NYU Women's Health Study tumor tissue samples.

Bernard S. Pasternack, Ph.D., initiated the NYU Women’s Health Study and was its first Principal Investigator (1984 to 1995).

Lynne Quinones, Follow-up Coordinator, joined the NYU Women's Health Study in 1985. She is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the follow-up, including questionnaire, mailings, and telephone callbacks. She also obtains authorization for the release of medical information from participants and contacts doctors and hospitals to obtain medical records.

Roy Shore, Ph.D., Dr.P.H., was instrumental in designing the NYU Women's Health Study and was Principal Investigator from 2002 to 2006.

Paolo Toniolo, M.D., was responsible for the implementation of the NYU Women's Health Study and was its Principal Investigator from 1995 to 2002.

Fen Wu, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, has been involved in studies of cardiovascular disease and assists in the processing and preparation of biospecimens.

Over the years, several graduate students have completed their doctoral dissertation studies based on the NYU Women's Study. These include Jennifer Brooks, Yian Gu, Kathryn Hertzmark, Hiroko Watanabe Meserve, Tess Clendenen and Oktawia Wojcik. Stephanie Scarmo completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the NYU Women’s Health Study.