Lauren R. Teras, PhD

Director, Hematologic Cancer Research

Lauren R. Teras, PhD is a cancer epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society. Teras’s main research focus is hematologic malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma, with an emphasis on lifestyle and infectious risk factors for these cancers. In addition to conducting research using participant survey data, Teras is leading the effort to collect hematologic cancer tissue from participants in the Cancer Prevention Study-II and Cancer Prevention Study-3. In recognition of her growing expertise in the epidemiology of hematologic malignancies, Dr. Teras was invited to lead a pooled analysis of 20 prospective cohort studies on body size and multiple myeloma mortality in the National Cancer Institute Cohort Consortium. The findings from this study, along with other more recent work on this topic, provide strong evidence that multiple myeloma should be added to the list of body-size-related cancers.

Prior to her current role at the American Cancer Society, Teras began her career at ACS as a research analyst in 2000, and returned to ACS upon completion of her doctoral degree.

Teras has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter.

• PhD, Epidemiology, Emory University, 2010
• MPH, Public Health, Emory University, 2000