Staci L. Sudenga, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Epidemiology

Research Description

My research program focuses on infections and cancer, the natural history of infections, and the synergy between infections. The goal of our research is to identify modifiable factors associated with the acquisition of infection in order to increase primary prevention and to identify biologically meaningful associations between the host and pathogen that could be translated into primary prevention efforts, early diagnosis, or treatment.

Brief Description

Dr. Staci Sudenga received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and pursued training at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL as a postdoctoral fellow under the R25T Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer training award. Her research program focuses on infections and cancer, the natural history of infections, and the synergy between infections. The goal is to identify modifiable factors associated with acquisition of infections and to identify biologically meaningful associations between the host and pathogen that can be translated into primary prevention efforts, early diagnosis, or treatment. Dr. Sudenga is the principal investigator on a contract through the Merck Investigator Studies Program investigating “The role of genital warts in HIV acquisition among men participating in a longitudinal study from the United States, Brazil, and Mexico.” She is enthusiastic about the potential research collaborations and opportunities at Vanderbilt.

Email
staci.sudenga@vanderbilt.edu

Education

MPH - University of Alabama at Birmingham
PhD - University of Alabama at Birmingham
BA, Biology, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa