Preetha Rajaraman

Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute

Dr. Preetha Rajaraman currently serves as the South Asia Program Director for the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Global Health in New Delhi, India. Following the receipt of her doctoral degree in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2004, Dr. Rajaraman pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular epidemiology at the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) of the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), and was subsequently appointed as a tenure track investigator. Dr. Rajaraman’s research program has focused on the identification of environmental and host biological factors that influence the incidence of radiosensitive tumors, particularly the etiology of brain tumors, occupational exposure to radiation from medical sources, and early life exposure to radiation.

During her tenure at REB, Dr. Rajaraman served as co-principal investigator of the U.S. Radiologic Technologists Study, an occupational cohort of more than 100,000 radiologic technologists exposed to low-to-moderate doses of fractionated radiation. Dr. Rajaraman acts as a reviewer for several international journals, and is on the Editorial Board of “Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention” and the “South Asian Journal of Cancer.” She has served on a number of committees at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, including committees overseeing the technical evaluation of protocols, technical evaluation of questionnaires, and the genotyping review committee.