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Welcome Shaneda Warren Andersen

Welcome and Welcome Back!

The Department of Population Health Sciences is excited to welcome Dr. Shaneda Warren Andersen as a new Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences.

Dr. Warren Andersen is an alumna of the UW-Madison and we are very happy to welcome her back. After graduating with a BS in Genetics from the UW-Madison, Dr. Warren Andersen joined our Population Health graduate program and received her MS in 2008 and PhD in 2013. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular and genetic epidemiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and in 2017 joined the faculty there as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Warren Andersen’s research focuses on how modifiable risk factors and genetic variants influence the molecular aspects of cancer risk. She has also studied associations between adiposity and cancer risk, and the application of precision medicine to increase smoking cessation and reduce lung cancer risk. Dr. Warren Andersen is currently funded by a K00 Pathway to Independence Career Development Award. Using a trans-ethnic approach, she is investigating relationships between circulating vitamin D biomarkers, genetic variants, and colorectal cancer tumor characteristics.

At UW-Madison, Dr. Warren Andersen looks forward to developing new collaborations with colleagues in the UW Carbone Cancer Center and across campus. She will also mentor students and work with Dr. Amy Trentham-Dietz to develop a new course in cancer epidemiology. We all look forward to working with her.

Dr. Warren Andersen states: “I am delighted to return to the Population Health Sciences Department. I am eager to expand my research program focused on better understanding the causes of colon and rectal cancers.”