Trang VoPham, PhD MS MPH
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology &
Dr. Trang VoPham (she/her) is an epidemiologist 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 a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) K01 examining air pollution exposure in relation to liver disease and cancer risk and disparities using electronic health record (EHR) analytics. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Prevent Cancer Foundation. She has over 45 publications and has presented over 30 national and international invited talks including for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She was honored with 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.
The American Association of Geographers (AAG) organized a panel entitled Careers in Geography: A Discussion with Business, Government, and Nonprofit Sector Geographers.
See the entire panel discussion here (use passcode: 9fKS5Q#H).
selected updates & highlights
Workshop date: 15 Apr 2023
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting | Orlando, FL
I will be serving as the invited chair and a speaker for a Methods Workshop entitled “Advancing Our Understanding of Cancer Burden Through Geospatial Data” as part of the 2023 Annual Meeting for AACR, the world's first and largest cancer research organization. This Workshop includes speakers who are preeminent investigators conducting research in cancer epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, and geospatial science: Dr. Rena R. Jones (National Cancer Institute) and Dr. Alexandra J. White (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences).
update on 7 Nov 2022
Weill Cornell Medicine Population Health Sciences Seminar | New York, NY
This presentation described our current research applying geospatial science and location-based analytics in epidemiology, including epidemiologic studies on ambient air pollution exposure and liver disease and cancer, a cancer prevention-focused intervention study using wearable air pollution sensors, and a new spatiotemporal exposure model for environmental light exposure in population-based research
update on 1 Oct 2022
Google Geo for Good Summit | Mountain View, CA
Attending the 2022 Geo for Good Summit, an annual conference hosted by Google Earth Outreach that brings together scientists seeking to leverage Google technologies and mapping tools towards positive change
update on 21 Sep 2022
Presented the Plenary/Keynote Lecture for the Cancer Prevention and Control Program Annual Symposium at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, DC. The Symposium was themed "Integrating Environmental Data into Cancer Population Sciences Research"
update on 6 Sep 2022
We developed a new spatiotemporal exposure model to estimate environmental circadian misalignment (ECM) light exposure for epidemiologic studies: fredhutch.org/lightmodel
View this ArcGIS StoryMap for more info on data availability, model development, and research collaborations
update on 7 Jun 2022
Published a paper in Environmental Research with findings from our epidemiologic study showing a positive association between higher concentrations of ambient PM2.5 air pollution exposure and increased odds of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) among hospitalized patients in the US
Authors: Trang VoPham, Nicole J. Kim (University of Washington), Kristin Berry (Veterans Affairs), Jason A. Mendoza (Fred Hutch), Joel D. Kaufman (University of Washington), George N. Ioannou (University of Washington)
update on 25 May 2022
Two of our lab's research projects were accepted as scientific abstracts to be presented at the 2022 International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) Conference
1. Abstract title: "Spatiotemporal exposure modeling of environmental circadian misalignment"
2. Abstract title: "Educational intervention to promote air pollution knowledge and personal exposure mitigation strategies using wearable sensors"
Funding: Prevent Cancer Foundation
update on 10 Mar 2022
Featured on the Freakonomics, M.D. podcast to discuss our lab's research on environmental circadian misalignment (ECM) light exposure
Studies discussed during the interview include:
research projects led by Dr. VoPham as PI