Title and Department
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Epidemiology
Professional bio

Alicia Beeghly-Fadiel, PhD, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Epidemiology within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Beeghly-Fadiel's research interest is on the environmental, molecular, and genetic determinants of susceptibility and survivorship for women's cancers. This stems from her undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in biology and graduate work at Yale University in cancer epidemiology. Dr. Beeghly-Fadiel came to the Vanderbilt for postdoctoral training, and joined the faculty in 2009 as a research instructor. With a research project to evaluate genetic variants related to breast cancer survival, Dr. Beeghly-Fadiel became a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Faculty Scholar and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2011.

Dr. Beeghly-Fadiel is currently funded by a Department of Defense Pilot Award to evaluate associations between genetic variants relevant to chemotherapeutic response and ovarian cancer survival. This will also provide a resource for additional research, by building a cohort of ovarian cancer cases from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center with linked electronic medical records, tumor registry data, and genetic information available. Dr. Beeghly-Fadiel co-founded VOCAL, the Vanderbilt Ovarian Cancer Alliance, with a mission is to increase awareness and advance translational research for the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. She also conducts research on the genetic and molecular epidemiology of breast and endometrial cancer, and is interested in harnessing electronic medical records (EMR) for research on cancer susceptibility and survival.

Dr. Beeghly-Fadiel has authored more than 50 papers, including 13 first author and 6 senior author publications. She has presented her research at numerous national meetings and is actively committed to mentoring students and trainees in cancer epidemiology. In addition to her research, she teaches Introduction to Scientific Writing for the doctoral program in Epidemiology.