Lauren R. Teras, PhD

Scientific Director, Epidemiology Research


Lauren R. Teras leads blood cancer epidemiology research and oversees the blood cancer tumor tissue repositories. Her research focuses on lifestyle and molecular factors that contribute to the risk and prevention of lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma.


Using molecular, survey-based, and geographic exposure information from Cancer Prevention Study-II (CPS)-II and -3, Teras studies how genetic, geographic and lifestyle factors impact the risk and survival of lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma. Teras also studies factors that may cause subtle changes to the immune system, including some infections, in relation to risk of different types of blood cancers.

Teras is an active member of the International Lymphoma Epidemiology (InterLymph) Consortium, and she leads the Lymphoid Malignancies Working Group of the National Cancer Institute’s Cohort Consortium. Her research has contributed to our understanding that excess body weight throughout adult life is associated with an increased risk of multiple myeloma and some types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


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


For a full list of Teras’ publications, visit her Google Scholar page.