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Catherine Marinac, PhD

Population Sciences

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Catherine Marinac, PhD


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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  • Office Phone Number617-632-4703


Dr. Marinac received her PhD in Public Health from the UC San Diego/San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program in 2016 and completed her postdoctoral training in the Division of Population Sciences at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She joined the faculty in the Division of Population Sciences in 2019. Her research is focused on identifying and testing new cancer early detection and prevention strategies.

Recent Awards:

  • Stand Up to Cancer Sharp Tank Early Career Award, 2020
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, 2018-2019
  • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 2018
  • Excellence in Research Award, UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, 2016
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Predoctoral Fellows, 2014-2016


I have an interest in the impact of modifiable lifestyle factors on cancer etiology and survival and I am committed to applying the knowledge gained from my research to the development and testing of novel cancer screening, prevention, and interception strategies. Much of my current work focuses on the prevention and control of multiple myeloma, which is an understudied and incurable plasma cell malignancy. I am particularly interested in identifying novel prevention strategies for individuals diagnosed with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance and smoldering multiple myeloma, which are premalignant blood conditions that progress to overt multiple myeloma in a subset of patients for reasons that are poorly understood. 

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