Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Global Health Topic(s)

Cancer, Epidemiology




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2525 West End Avenue, Suite 330
Nashville, TN 37203


David Adkins


M.Sc., Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Ph.D., Technion, Haifa, Israel
Postdoc, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

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Leon Raskin Ph.D., M. Sc.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Leon Raskin, Ph.D., M.Sc. My research interests focus on Integrative Epidemiology of GI cancer (colon and pancreas) and melanoma with special emphasis on minorities and health disparities in cancer. The overarching goals that guide my research plan are to: 1) identify and characterize genetic variants associated with cancer, 2) understand how genetic susceptibility may be modified by environmental exposures and gene-gene interactions, and 3) translate these findings into public health applications. To achieve these goals, I take advantage of a combination of techniques adopted from epidemiology, molecular genetics, and bioinformatics. My research embraces two important components of personalized medicine of cancer: germline mutations associated with risk of cancer development, and somatic genetic and molecular alterations as prognostic and predictive biomarkers of cancer progression and survival. I have a particular interest in molecular epidemiology of African and African American colorectal cancer and the role of genetics in racial cancer disparities. My other interest is the rare, highly penetrant mutations predisposing to cancer in founder populations.

Global Health Opportunities with Dr. Raskin:

Research interests: Molecular Epidemiology and Molecular Genetics of GI cancer (colon and pancreas) and melanoma

PubMed: Recent Publications