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Lisa Cannon-Albright

Lisa Cannon-Albright

Lisa Cannon-Albright, PhD

Cancer Center Bio

Selected Achievements

Member of BRCA1, BRCA2, p16 gene discovery teams – 3 US patents (1994-6)

Fellow, American College of Medical Informaticists (2001)

University of Utah Technology Innovation Award (2004)

Consummate Collaborator in Cancer Control Research Award, Huntsman Cancer Institute (2009)

Cancer Control and Population Sciences High Input Collaborative Investigator Award, Huntsman Cancer Institute (2012)

Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (2013)

After getting a bachelor's degree in statistics, I got a boring start in the Statistics group at a large insurance company in San Francisco. I soon heard about a genetics research group at the University of Utah led by Mark Skolnick, PhD, that was using Mormon genealogies to study the genetic predisposition to cancer (before such a hypothesis was believed by anyone).

I came to the U of U to get an MStat, where I met Mark, asked for a job, and knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my career. I joined the Genetic Epidemiology group and soon became a PhD student. When Mark left to help found Myriad Genetics I inherited the group. As a cancer survivor I have become even more strongly motivated to do research that will decrease the morbidity and mortality from all cancers.

Learn more from Dr. Cannon-Albright's recent interviews with The Scope Radio and featured research in HCI's 2011 Annual Report.

The Scope Radio

Using Family History to Estimate Health Risks  February 2014

Following the Family Tree to Understand Cancer December 2013

2011 Annual Report

Researchers Climb the Family Tree: Understanding Inherited Risk for Colorectal Cancer