Research Summary

Dr. DeRouen is a cancer epidemiologist with dual training in cancer biology and epidemiology. Her ongoing research efforts are focused on cancer prevention and control and address cancer disparities due to multi-level determinants, especially social determinants of health. Dr. DeRouen has experience with pooling and harmonizing complex multi-level data, including contextual-level data and data from electronic health records, from disparate sources and designing studies of multi-level data to study cancer disparities.

Research Funding

  • February 1, 2020 - November 30, 2024 - Elucidating Lung Cancer Etiology Among Asian American Female Never Smokers, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIMHD, Sponsor Award ID: R01MD014859
  • August 16, 2019 - July 31, 2024 - Understanding the Multilevel Drivers of Liver Cancer Disparities, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA225478
  • July 1, 2020 - February 28, 2024 - The Role of 27-hydroxycholesterol in Breast Cancer: A Population-Based Multiethnic Study, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA229815
  • July 5, 2018 - June 30, 2023 - Research on Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry: Defining the Roles of Genetics, Immunity and Stress (RESPOND), Co-Investigator (UCSF Site). Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: U19CA214253


Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh , PA, BS, 05/2002, Biological Sciences, minor in Chemistry
University of Oxford, Oxford , BA, 06/2004, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, PhD, 01/2010, Cancer Biology
University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health, Berkeley, CA, MPH, 05/2014, Epidemiology
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Postdoctoral Fellow, 10/2010, Cancer Biology

Honors & Awards

  • 2002
    Rhodes Scholarship, Rhodes Trust
  • 2002
    Judith A. Resnik Award, Outstanding woman in science or engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2002
    Andrew Carnegie Society Scholarship for service and leadership, Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2004
    National Defense Science and Engineering Grant, American Society for Engineering Education
  • 2007
    NIH Interdisciplinary Training Grant in Regenerative Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Selected Publications

  1. DeRouen MC, Thompson CA, Canchola AJ, Jin A, Nie S, Wong C, Jain J, Lichtensztajn DY, Li Y, Allen L, Patel MI, Daida YG, Luft HS, Shariff-Marco S, Reynolds P, Wakelee HA, Liang SY, Waitzfelder BE, Cheng I, Gomez SL. Integrating Electronic Health Record, Cancer Registry, and Geospatial Data to Study Lung Cancer in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Ethnic Groups. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Aug; 30(8):1506-1516.  View on PubMed
  2. DeRouen MC, Schupp CW, Yang J, Koo J, Hertz A, Shariff-Marco S, Cockburn M, Nelson DO, Ingles SA, Cheng I, John EM, Gomez SL. Impact of individual and neighborhood factors on socioeconomic disparities in localized and advanced prostate cancer risk. Cancer Causes Control. 2018 Oct; 29(10):951-966.  View on PubMed
  3. DeRouen MC, Hu L, McKinley M, Gali K, Patel M, Clarke C, Wakelee H, Haile R, Gomez SL, Cheng I. Incidence of lung cancer histologic cell-types according to neighborhood factors: A population based study in California. PLoS One. 2018; 13(5):e0197146.  View on PubMed
  4. DeRouen MC, Schupp CW, Koo J, Yang J, Hertz A, Shariff-Marco S, Cockburn M, Nelson DO, Ingles SA, John EM, Gomez SL. Impact of individual and neighborhood factors on disparities in prostate cancer survival. Cancer Epidemiol. 2018 04; 53:1-11.  View on PubMed
  5. DeRouen MC, Parsons HM, Kent EE, Pollock BH, Keegan THM. Sociodemographic disparities in survival for adolescents and young adults with cancer differ by health insurance status. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 Aug; 28(8):841-851.  View on PubMed
  6. Gomez SL, Canchola AJ, Nelson DO, Keegan TH, Clarke CA, Cheng I, Shariff-Marco S, DeRouen M, Catalano R, Satariano WA, Davidson-Allen K, Glaser SL. Recent declines in cancer incidence: related to the Great Recession? Cancer Causes Control. 2017 02; 28(2):145-154.  View on PubMed
  7. Ramirez J, Elmofty M, Castillo E, DeRouen M, Shariff-Marco S, Allen L, Gomez SL, Nápoles AM, Márquez-Magaña L. Evaluation of cortisol and telomere length measurements in ethnically diverse women with breast cancer using culturally sensitive methods. J Community Genet. 2017 Apr; 8(2):75-86.  View on PubMed
  8. Keegan TH, DeRouen MC, Parsons HM, Clarke CA, Goldberg D, Flowers CR, Glaser SL. Impact of Treatment and Insurance on Socioeconomic Disparities in Survival after Adolescent and Young Adult Hodgkin Lymphoma: A Population-Based Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Feb; 25(2):264-73.  View on PubMed
  9. DeRouen MC, Mujahid M, Srinivas S, Keegan TH. Disparities in Adolescent and Young Adult Survival After Testicular Cancer Vary by Histologic Subtype: A Population-Based Study in California 1988-2010. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2016 Mar; 5(1):31-40.  View on PubMed
  10. Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, DeRouen M, Keegan TH, Yen IH, Mujahid M, Satariano WA, Glaser SL. The impact of neighborhood social and built environment factors across the cancer continuum: Current research, methodological considerations, and future directions. Cancer. 2015 Jul 15; 121(14):2314-30.  View on PubMed
  11. DeRouen MC, Smith AW, Tao L, Bellizzi KM, Lynch CF, Parsons HM, Kent EE, Keegan TH, AYA HOPE Study Collaborative Group . Cancer-related information needs and cancer's impact on control over life influence health-related quality of life among adolescents and young adults with cancer. Psychooncology. 2015 Sep; 24(9):1104-15.  View on PubMed
  12. Froment MA, Gomez SL, Roux A, DeRouen MC, Kidd EA. Impact of socioeconomic status and ethnic enclave on cervical cancer incidence among Hispanics and Asians in California. Gynecol Oncol. 2014 Jun; 133(3):409-15.  View on PubMed
  13. Keegan TH, Tao L, DeRouen MC, Wu XC, Prasad P, Lynch CF, Shnorhavorian M, Zebrack BJ, Chu R, Harlan LC, Smith AW, Parsons HM, AYA HOPE Study Collaborative Group . Medical care in adolescents and young adult cancer survivors: what are the biggest access-related barriers? J Cancer Surviv. 2014 Jun; 8(2):282-92.  View on PubMed
  14. Derouen MC, Gomez SL, Press DJ, Tao L, Kurian AW, Keegan TH. A Population-Based Observational Study of First-Course Treatment and Survival for Adolescent and Young Adult Females with Breast Cancer. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2013 Sep; 2(3):95-103.  View on PubMed
  15. Keegan TH, Press DJ, Tao L, DeRouen MC, Kurian AW, Clarke CA, Gomez SL. Impact of breast cancer subtypes on 3-year survival among adolescent and young adult women. Breast Cancer Res. 2013; 15(5):R95.  View on PubMed
  16. DeRouen MC, McCormick JB, Owen-Smith J, Scott CT. The race is on: human embryonic stem cell research goes global. Stem Cell Rev Rep. 2012 Dec; 8(4):1043-7.  View on PubMed
  17. Keegan TH, DeRouen MC, Press DJ, Kurian AW, Clarke CA. Occurrence of breast cancer subtypes in adolescent and young adult women. Breast Cancer Res. 2012 Mar 27; 14(2):R55.  View on PubMed
  18. Chang ET, Gomez SL, Fish K, Schupp CW, Parsonnet J, DeRouen MC, Keegan TH, Clarke CA, Glaser SL. Gastric cancer incidence among Hispanics in California: patterns by time, nativity, and neighborhood characteristics. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 May; 21(5):709-19.  View on PubMed
  19. Scott CT, McCormick JB, DeRouen MC, Owen-Smith J. Democracy derived? New trajectories in pluripotent stem cell research. Cell. 2011 Jun 10; 145(6):820-6.  View on PubMed
  20. DeRouen MC, Zhen H, Tan SH, Williams S, Marinkovich MP, Oro AE. Laminin-511 and integrin beta-1 in hair follicle development and basal cell carcinoma formation. BMC Dev Biol. 2010 Nov 10; 10:112.  View on PubMed

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