Joellen M. Schildkraut, PhD, MPH


Titles and Roles

Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Joellen M. Schildkraut, PhD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Schildkraut is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute.


Schildkraut received both her MPH and PhD from Yale University. Her doctoral dissertation and early publications focused on the genetic overlap between breast and ovarian cancer through examination of family history. This work indirectly contributed to the discovery of BRCA1 and BRCA2, the two highly penetrant genes associated with increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.


Dr. Schildkraut has studied for much of her career the genetic epidemiology of ovarian, breast, and brain tumors, for which she has utilized innovative technologies and data science approaches to reconsider the biology and epidemiology of these diseases.


Dr. Schildkraut has authored nearly 360 peer-reviewed journal articles and contributed book chapters to numerous textbooks including Approaches to Gene Mapping in Complex Human Diseases and Principles and Practice of Oncology. She has presented her research at major research conferences and spoken at events across the country.

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