Meet the Team
Andrew Olshan, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor in the Epidemiology Department at UNC. He is also Associate Director for Population Sciences at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Olshan is the principal investigator of the Carolina Endometrial Cancer Study as well as the principal investigator for multiple epidemiologic studies of adult and childhood cancers and reproductive and pediatric outcomes. He is experienced in evaluating environmental, clinical, and genetic predictors of survival among cancer patients. Recent research led by Dr. Olshan focuses on the impact of lifestyle, behavior, and socioeconomic factors in breast cancer and cancers of the head and neck. He is looking forward to integrating his expertise in biology, behavior, and community factors to address disparities in endometrial cancer.
Hazel Nichols, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology Department at UNC and a principal investigator of the Carolina Endometrial Cancer Study. Dr. Nichols’ research addresses reproductive health and hormonally-related factors that are considered during healthcare delivery and may be targeted by interventions to improve health outcomes after a cancer diagnosis. In the CECS, she will investigate the short- and long-term consequences of cancer treatment for women’s health and quality of life.
Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Gynecologic Oncology Department at UNC. Dr. Bae-Jump’s research focuses on understanding the interactions between cell signaling pathways implicated in endometrial cancer pathogenesis as a means to target therapy for this disease. She is experienced in investigating many novel targeted therapies for the treatment of endometrial cancer and the impact that obesity has on endometrial cancer development and progression. She is especially interested in why some African-American women have different outcomes than other groups. In the CECS, she will investigate the clinical and other characteristics in relation to endometrial cancer patient outcomes.
Russell Broaddus, MD, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor and the chair in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UNC. Dr. Russell’s current research focuses on the molecular pathogenesis of endometrial cancer, including the development of molecular diagnostics for predicting endometrial cancer metastasis and recurrence and identification of patients with Lynch Syndrome. In the CECS, he plans to perform a central pathology review and assess gene mutation and molecular subtypes of endometrial cancer.
Temitope Keku, MSPH, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hematology. Dr. Keku’s research focuses on understanding the causes and development of diseases in the digestive system with assessments of genetic factors, tumor characteristics, and gut microbiome. Her research addresses cancer health disparities, as well as methods for early detection of cancer. In the CECS, she will investigate the microbiome samples of some of the study participants to look at markers that may be related to outcomes.
CECS Support Staff
The CECS support team includes phone interviewers, study coordinators, research assistants, and others who work behind the scenes to do phone calling, send out mailings, and obtain medical records and survey data. The Carolina Endometrial Study team is a passionate and dedicated group who are thrilled to bring their expertise in clinical and cancer research and who are dedicated to the success of this important research.
Heather Tipaldos, MS, CRA is the Project Manager of CECS. She is responsible for the day-to-day administration of CECS, managing staff and coordinating enrollment and data collection for CECS study participants. CECS is the third major cancer research study for which she has been the project manager for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Adam Gardner is the Study Coordinator of CECS. He is responsible for coordinating and ensuring the research activities of CECS. Adam has been involved in various fields of cancer research at UNC since 2010.
Linda Shaw is a Telephone Interviewer of CECS. She is responsible for conducting phone surveys with CECS participants to obtain valuable information you contribute. Linda has been involved in cancer research at UNC since 2010. She really enjoys getting to know women in the study and hearing about their experiences.
Doreen Ankamah is a Telephone Interviewer of CECS. She is responsible for conducting phone surveys with CECS participants to obtain valuable information you contribute. She has medical and public health degrees. She brings special insight that strengthens the Telephone Interviewer team.
Vicki Brown is a Telephone Interviewer of CECS. She is responsible for conducting phone surveys with CECS participants to obtain valuable information you contribute. Vicki has been a licensed Social Worker for over 27 years and has had experiences with several research projects.
Kennedy Whiteside is a Research Assistant of CECS. She is responsible for supporting the day-to-day research activities of the study.
Endometrial Cancer Center of Excellence
CECS can draw on the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s new core devoted to understanding and addressing endometrial cancer in North Carolina. The center will leverage UNC Lineberger’s scientific expertise to conduct large scale population studies, investigate health disparities, and study the pathology, epigenetics and genetics of endometrial cancer. In addition, researchers will investigate the connection between the microbiome – the trillions of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, that live in a person – and endometrial cancer, with a specific focus on racial disparities in endometrial cancer. Watch the video to learn more: