Trang VoPham August 2022

Trang VoPham, PhD MS MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology &
Principal Investigator (PI) of the tvplab based at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (Fred Hutch)

Dr. Trang VoPham 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 & 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 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 US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Prevent Cancer Foundation. She has over 45 publications and has presented over 25 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.

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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

Sep 2022

Developed a new

light exposure model

for epidemiologic research

Jun 2022

Presented a talk

for the

Harvard SpaCEE Lab

Jun 2022

Mar 2022

Interview on

Freakonomics, M.D.


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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 6 Sep 2022


We developed a new spatiotemporal exposure model to estimate environmental circadian misalignment (ECM) light exposure for epidemiologic studies:

View this ArcGIS StoryMap for more info on data availability, model development, and research collaborations

Model developed by: Mimi Ton (University of Washington), Matthew D. Weaver (Harvard), Trang VoPham

Funding: University of Washington EDGE Center, NIH/NIDDK K01 DK12561, and Fred Hutch


update on 21 Jun 2022


Harvard Spatial and Contextual Exposomics and Epidemiology (SpaCEE) Laboratory | Boston, MA

This presentation describes our lab's funded research grants and future research directions integrating geospatial science with epidemiology to study environmental risk factors for liver disease and cancer

PMID 35688225 Graphical Abstract

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"


Authors: Mimi Ton (University of Washington), Matthew D. Weaver (Harvard), Trang VoPham

Funding: University of Washington EDGE Center, NIH/NIDDK K01 DK12561, and Fred Hutch


2. Abstract title: "Educational intervention to promote air pollution knowledge and personal exposure mitigation strategies using wearable sensors"

Authors: Trang VoPham, Eric S. Kim (University of British Columbia), Francine Laden (Harvard), Jaime E. Hart (Harvard)

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

Episode 28: Is Daylight Saving Time Hazardous to Your Health?

Studies discussed during the interview include:

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update on 10 Mar 2022

In collaboration with Co-Editor, Rena R. Jones (National Cancer Institute), we are accepting manuscript submissions for a journal topic collection on Geospatial Science in Epidemiologic Research


update on 9 Apr 2021


Honored with the 2021 Emerging Scholar in Health and Medical Geography Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG)


update on 25 Sep 2020

Interview on a funded research project on air pollution, health disparities, and liver disease and cancer

CEBP cover July 2018


papers and other works published in scientific journals

Research Grants

research projects led by Dr. VoPham as PI

Invited Talks

a list of selected invited presentations