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recent accomplishments

January 15 2014 - Jason Wong, a dual-degree doctoral candidate in the Dept. of Epidemiology and Dept. of Environmental Health, will be defending his dissertation on Friday, March 7th 2014, 1:30PM in Kresge 204 at the Harvard School of Public Health. His talk will be on "Predictors of Genomic Trauma: The Relationship between Occupational PM2.5 Exposure, Inflammation, DNA Methylation, and Telomere Dynamics". This presentation will cap off a decade of service with the Harvard School of Public Health and Channing Division of Network Medicine.

The presentation will summarize the findings from three recently accepted papers which were the culmination of a productive collaboration with the David Christiani research group:

1) "Cumulative PM2.5 Exposure and Telomere Length in Workers Exposed to Welding Fumes" to be published in The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.

2) "The Relationship between Inflammatory Biomarkers and Telomere Length in an Occupational Prospective Cohort Study" to be published in PLoS ONE.

3)"The Association between Global DNA Methylation and Telomere Length in a Longitudinal Study of Boilermakers" to be published in Genetic Epidemiology.

high throughput telomere length assay

June 14 2012 - The Real-Time PCR assay for telomere length is now a service offered by the Dana Farber - Harvard Cancer Center High-throughput Polymorphism Detection Core. Please inquire with the core director, Prof. Immaculata De Vivo.

hsph commencement 2012

June 14 2012 - The Immaculata De Vivo laboratory would like to congratulate Dr. Margaret Du and Dr. Jason Liu in earning their Doctor of Science degree in Epidemiology. Margaret successfully defended her thesis on "Physical activity in relation to telomere length and risk of endometrial cancer ". Jason successfully defended his thesis on "The influence of vitamin D and one-carbon metabolism factors on telomere length and endometrial cancer ". Both of these superstars will undoubtly have distinguished research careers ahead of them. Margaret will continue as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington. Jason will continue as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute.


Prof. Immaculata De Vivo and Dr. Margaret Du

hsph commencement 2010

June 14 2010 - The Immaculata De Vivo laboratory would like to congratulate Dr. Stalo Karageorgi in earning her Doctor of Science degree in Environmental Health and Epidemiology. After successfully defending her thesis on "Reproductive factors and postmenopausal hormone use in relation to endometrial cancer risk in the Nurses' Health Study", Stalo received her diploma in a lavish commencement ceremony befitting of the most outstanding Harvard graduates.


Prof. Peter Kraft, Prof. Immaculata De Vivo, and the newly minted Dr. Stalo Karageorgi.

Immaculata De Vivo is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. De Vivo oversees a laboratory that primarily focuses on the discovery and characterization of genetic biological markers that may modify disease susceptibility in human populations. Biological markers of interest include single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), telomere length, and gene copy number variations (CNVs). Additionally, Dr. De Vivo is the director of the Dana Farber-Harvard Cancer Center High-Throughput Genotyping Core Facility.

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