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Trang VoPham, PhD MS MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch Cancer Center & Principal Investigator (PI) of geoexlab
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Dr. Trang VoPham (she/her/hers) is an epidemiologist at the Fred Hutch Cancer Center conducting research on environmental risk factors for health using geospatial science methods. She received a PhD and MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Geographic Information Science (GIS) & Technology from the University of Southern California, and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology at Harvard. She is PI of several research grants, including an NIH/NIDDK K01 study examining air pollution exposure in relation to liver disease and cancer risk and disparities using electronic health record (EHR) analytics. She has over 50 publications and has presented over 30 national and international invited talks including for the National Cancer Institute. She was honored with the 2024 Geospatial World Rising Star Award and the 2021 Emerging Scholar in Health and Medical Geography Award from the American Association of Geographers. She is an expert in developing geospatial environmental exposure models for epidemiologic exposure assessments, including an environmental light exposure model for solar jetlag.

Research interests

cancer epidemiology ∙ environmental epidemiology ∙ geospatial science ∙ health disparities ∙ social determinants of health (SDOH) ∙ exposome ∙ climate change ∙ liver cancer ∙ liver disease ∙ mapping and visualization ∙ geographic information systems (GIS) ∙ remote sensing ∙ exposure modeling ∙ electronic health records (EHRs) ∙ wearable sensors

Trang VoPham 2021

Education & Training

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital | 2015-2018

Training Programs: Harvard Spatial and Contextual Exposomics and Epidemiology Laboratory (SpaCEE Lab) & Harvard Training Program in Cancer Epidemiology (NIH/NCI T32 CA009001)

Mentors: Francine Laden, ScD & Jaime E. Hart, ScD

University of Pittsburgh

PhD in Epidemiology

University of Pittsburgh | 2010-2014

University of Southern California

MS in Geographic Information Science and Technology

University of Southern California | 2012-2014

University of Pittsburgh

MPH in Epidemiology

University of Pittsburgh | 2009-2010


BA in Sociology and Environmental Sciences

University of Virginia | 2005-2009

Faculty Positions

Instructor in Medicine

Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA



Associate Epidemiologist

Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA



Editorial Positions

  • Cancer Epidemiology, Editorial Board | 2022-present 

  • British Journal of Cancer, Editorial Board | 2021-present

  • Preventing Chronic Disease, Associate Editor | 2019-2024

Professional Organizations

  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) | 2023-present

  • American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) | 2018-present

  • International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) | 2015-present

  • Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) | 2013-present

  • American Association of Geographers (AAG) | 2012-present

Selected Awards & Honors


Clinical Research Award, Loan Repayment Program (LRP), NIH/NIEHS


Academic Excellence Award, UNIGIS International Association


Director's Award for Population Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

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