At ACS since 2005
Elizabeth Bain, MPH, is a senior scientist on the Biospecimen Management team in Population Science at the American Cancer Society. Her team collects, tracks, and manages blood, buccal cell, urine, stool, and tumor tissue samples from Cancer Prevention Study (CPS) participants, including CPS-II and CPS-3. These specimens are used in a variety of ways to examine how genetics, metabolomics, gut microbiome, diet, vitamin D, infections, and many other factors affect a person’s risk of developing cancer.
Research focus and accomplishments
Although I’m responsible for planning and managing research projects using all types of biospecimen samples, my team’s primary focus is building our tumor tissue repository and our newest collection, stool samples. We collaborate with internal and external researchers, pathologists, and many different labs to collect and process our samples so they are ready for specific research project needs.
Our tumor repository currently has tumor tissues for over 8,000 cancer cases, and we have already collected over 3,500 stool samples to study the gut microbiome and cancer risk. Both projects are ongoing and sample collections will increase each year.
It is exciting to have the opportunity to build and manage these resources that are used to address knowledge gaps about cancer risk and cancer outcomes.
For a full list of Bain's publications, visit her Google Scholar page.