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Victoria L. Stevens, PhD

Strategic Director, Laboratory Services


Victoria L. Stevens, PhD is a cancer epidemiologist and strategic director of laboratory services at the American Cancer Society. She conducts research and provides expertise for studies involving laboratory analyses of biospecimens collected from participants in the Cancer Prevention Studies.

Stevens’ research interests focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms by which various exposures or behaviors influence cancer risk. Whereas much of her previous investigations were on the influence of differences in dietary intake of folate or genetic variation in genes involved in one-carbon metabolism on risk of various cancers, Stevens’ more recent research has focused on two main areas; the genetics of smoking cessation and the consequences of weight cycling and obesity for cancer risk and overall health. Her newest area of interest is the use of metabolomics to define metabolic patterns that are either associated with cancer risk or can be used as markers of specific exposures.

Stevens has been a frequent member of National Institutes of Health grant review panels over the past twenty years. Most recently, she has been chair of the special emphasis panel convened by the National Cancer Institute to review grant proposals requesting funds to use biospecimens collected by the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. Stevens also maintains an adjunct faculty appointment in the Emory University School of Medicine and gives several lecture each year to graduate studies in Nutrition and Cancer Biology.

Prior to joining the American Cancer Society in 2003, Stevens was on the faculty in the Division of Cancer Biology of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine. At Emory, she directed a basic research program funded through grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, and other funding sources.

Stevens has authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications, several book chapters and reviews, and is listed on two patents.

• Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry, Merck Research Laboratories, 1988-1990
• PhD, Biochemistry, Emory University, 1988