I’ve had many amazing opportunities at American Cancer Society. The one I most value was helping enroll participants in our cancer prevention studies (CPS-3). I loved spending time with our amazing volunteers and study participants from Los Angeles to Iowa (my home state) to Shea Stadium in NYC—and many other places in between. Their stories and collective passion and commitment continue to energize me and make me a better researcher.”
As Senior Director of Biospecimen Management, Cari Lichtman’s primary mission is to maintain the integrity, including the safe and respectful handling, of more than 3 million biospecimens from people participating in an American Cancer Society (ACS) cancer prevention study (CPS).
Her team of 3 scientists receive and catalog blood, buccal, urine, stool, and tumor samples from participants in both CPS-II and CPS-3. Lichtman and her team also collaborate with internal and external specialists, such as oncologists, pathologists, and environmental researchers, to help them access and process biospecimens.
CPS-II and CPS-3 have contributed to ACS, national, and international guidelines on cancer causes and cancer prevention. Their use to address knowledge gaps about cancer risk and cancer-related outcomes are unparalleled, leading some cancer experts to describe these large prospective cohort studies as national treasures.
As a member of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), Lichtman:
For a full list of Lichtman’s publications, visit her Google Scholar page.
I live in the greater Atlanta area with my husband Dan, son Rory, and dog Oliver. When I’m not working, I like to socialize with friends and family, exercise, read, travel, and watch my son play baseball.