Nancy Emenaker, Ph.D., M.Ed., R.D.

Program Director

Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH

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Dr. Emenaker is a Program Director in the Nutritional Science Research Group within the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) where she oversees a basic and clinical research portfolio in nutrition and cancer prevention. She currently serves as a Member of the Academy’s Research Dietetics Practice Group Nominating Committee identifying qualified candidates for national Academy leadership roles and actively participates in mentoring women through the Introduction to Cancer Research Careers Program at the National Cancer Institute. Prior to joining NIH in 2004, she was a Biomedical Scientist supporting the Congressional Directed Medical Research Program from 2003-2004. Dr. Emenaker was an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons from 1998-2002; earning full membership in the Gastrointestinal Malignancies, Carcinogenesis, and Prevention & Control Programs at the Columbia University Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was a founding member and a past Chair of the Diet & Cancer Research Interest Group of the American Society for Nutrition, and a past Chairs of both the Academy’s Oncology Nutrition (2002-2003) and the Research Dietetic Practice Groups (2013-2014).  Dr. Emenaker holds a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from The Ohio State University and completed her Postdoctoral and Fellowship training in the Department of Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research interests included diet and microbiome perturbations in GI carcinogenesis, metabolic syndrome, and nutrient sensitive genetic polymorphisms in cancer risk.


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