Laura Fejerman, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Laura Fejerman, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Title

  • Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
  • Co-director Women's Cancer Care Program, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Reviews

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Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Fejerman's research focuses on the discovery and understanding of genetic and environmental factors that contribute to breast cancer risk and survival and that could be used as targets for prevention and therapy. Specifically, her lab investigates factors contributing to breast cancer incidence and survival in women who self-identify as Hispanic/Latina in the US and Latin American women.

Division

Epidemiology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Education

M.Sc., Human Biology, University of Oxford, Oxford, England 1999

Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, University of Oxford, Oxford, England 1999

B.A., Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1997

Professional Memberships

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

Honors and Awards

John L. Ziegler Outstanding Mentor Award University of California, San Francisco, Master of Science in Global Health Program, 2020

Pathways to Discovery Short-Term Mentor Award UCSF, 2017

Pacesetter Award in celebration of 21 years of the CURE Program for outstanding work in the field of breast cancer research The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD), 2017

Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21) NIH/NCI, 2016

Crede Award for Research Excellence Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco, 2016

Publication selected by NCI's Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) for Research Highlights of 2014 National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI), 2015

Best Early Detection & Prevention Poster, Breast Oncology Program Retreat UCSF University of California San Francisco, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

IDEA Award California Breast Cancer Research Program, 2013

K01 Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award to Promote Diversity, NIH/NCI, 2013

Bridging Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health Career Development Award, UCSF University of California San Francisco, 2010

M.Sc. in Human Biology Distinction Award, University of Oxford, 1999

Licentiate Honor Diploma (top GPA) University of Buenos Aires, 1997

Select Recent Publications

Zavala VA, Bracci PM, Carethers JM, Carvajal-Carmona L, Coggins NB, Cruz-Correa MR, Davis M, de Smith AJ, Dutil J, Figueiredo JC, Fox R, Graves KD, Gomez SL, Llera A, Neuhausen SL, Newman L, Nguyen T, Palmer JR, Palmer NR, Pérez-Stable EJ, Piawah S, Rodriquez EJ, Sanabria-Salas MC, Schmit SL, Serrano-Gomez SJ, Stern MC, Weitzel J, Yang JJ, Zabaleta J, Ziv E, Fejerman L. Cancer health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities in the United States. Br J Cancer. 2020 Sep 9. doi:10.1038/s41416-020-01038-6. Online ahead of print. PMID:32901135.

Katie M. Marker KM, Zavala VA, Vidaurre T, Lott PC, Navarro Vásquez J, Casavilca-Zambrano S, Calderón M, Abugattas JE, Gómez HL, Fuentes HA, Liendo Picoaga R, Cotrina JM, Neciosup SP, Castañeda CA, Morante Z, Valencia F, Torres J, Echeverry M, Bohórquez ME, Polanco-Echeverry G, Ana P. Estrada-Florez AP, Serrano-Gómez SJ, Carmona-Valencia JA, Alvarado-Cabrero I, Sanabria-Salas MC, Velez A, Donado J, COLUMBUS Consortium, Song S, Cherry D, Tamayo LI, Huntsman S, Hu D, Ruiz-Cordero R, Balassanian R, Ziv E, Zabaleta J; Carvajal-Carmona L; for the COLUMBUS Consortium, Fejerman L. Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 (HER2) positive breast cancer is associated with Indigenous American ancestry in Latin American women. Cancer Res. 2020 May 1;80(9):1893-1901. doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-19-3659. Epub 2020 Apr 3. PMID:32245796.

Shieh Y, Fejerman L, Lott PC, Marker K, Sawyer SD, Hu D, Huntsman S, Torres J, Echeverry M, Bohórquez ME, Martínez-Chéquer JC, Polanco-Echeverry G, Estrada-Flórez AP; COLUMBUS Consortium, Haiman CA, John EM, Kushi LH, Torres-Mejía G, Vidaurre T, Weitzel JN, Zambrano SC, Carvajal-Carmona LG, Ziv E, Neuhausen SL. A Polygenic Risk Score for Breast Cancer in US Latinas and Latin American Women. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 Jun 1;112(6):590-598. doi:10.1093/jnci/djz174. PMID:31553449.

Engmann NJ, Ergas IJ, Yao S, Kwan ML, Roh JM, Ambrosone CB, Kushi LH, Fejerman L. Genetic Ancestry Is not Associated with Breast Cancer Recurrence or Survival in U.S. Latina Women Enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente Pathways Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Sep;26(9):1466-1469. doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-17-0148. PMID:28864455.

Fejerman L, Ahmadiyeh N, Hu D, Huntsman S, Beckman KB, Caswell JL, Tsung K, John EM, Torres-Mejia G, Carvajal-Carmona L, Echeverry MM, Tuazon AM, Ramirez C; COLUMBUS Consortium, Gignoux CR, Eng C, Gonzalez-Burchard E, Henderson B, Le Marchand L, Kooperberg C, Hou L, Agalliu I, Kraft P, Lindström S, Perez-Stable EJ, Haiman CA, Ziv E. Genome-wide association study of breast cancer in Latinas identifies novel protective variants on 6q25. Nat Commun. 2014 Oct 20;5:5260. doi:10.1038/ncomms6260. PMID:25327703.

Fejerman L, Hu D, Huntsman S, John EM, Stern MC, Haiman CA, Pérez-Stable EJ, Ziv E. Genetic ancestry and risk of mortality among U.S. Latinas with breast cancer. Cancer Res. 2013 Dec 15;73(24):7243-53. doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-13-2014. Epub 2013 Oct 31. PMID:24177181.

Avena S, Via M, Ziv E, Pérez-Stable EJ, Gignoux CR, Dejean C, Huntsman S, Torres-Mejía G, Dutil J, Matta JL, Beckman K, Burchard EG, Parolin ML, Goicoechea A, Acreche N, Boquet M, Ríos Part Mdel C, Fernández V, Rey J, Stern MC, Carnese RF, Fejerman L. Heterogeneity in Genetic Admixture across Different Regions of Argentina. PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e34695. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034695. Epub 2012 Apr 10. PMID:22506044.

Fejerman L, Chen GK, Eng C, Huntsman S, Hu D, Williams A, Pasaniuc B, John EM, Via M, Gignoux C, Ingles S, Monroe KR, Kolonel LN, Torres-Mejía G, Pérez-Stable EJ, González Burchard E, Henderson BE, Haiman CA, Ziv E. Admixture mapping identifies a locus on 6q25 associated with breast cancer risk in US Latinas. Hum Mol Genet. 2012 Apr 15;21(8):1907-17. doi:10.1093/hmg/ddr617. Epub 2012 Jan 6. PMID: 22228098.

Fejerman L, Haiman CA, Reich D, Tandon A, Deo RC, John EM, Ingles SA, Ambrosone CB, Bovbjerg DH, Jandorf LH, Davis W, Ciupak G, Whittemore AS, Press MF, Ursin G, Bernstein L, Huntsman S, Henderson BE, Ziv E, Freedman ML. An admixture scan in 1,484 African American women with breast cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Nov;18(11):3110-7. doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-09-0464. Epub 2009 Oct 20. PMID:19843668.

Fejerman L, John EM, Huntsman S, Beckman K, Choudhry S, Perez-Stable E, Burchard EG, Ziv E. Genetic ancestry and risk of breast cancer among U.S. Latinas. Cancer Res. 2008 Dec 1;68(23):9723-8. doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-08-2039. PMID:19047150.