Cheryl L. Thompson, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine


  • Doctor of Philosophy Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, Case Western Reserve University 2007
  • Master of Science Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University 2003
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Computer Engineering School: Case Western Reserve University 2000

Underserved Populations and Community Research

  • Cancer genetics and molecular epidemiology
  • Identification of factors influencing risk of cancer
  • Factors and biomarkers associated with prognosis and treatment outcomes
  • Racial ethnic differences in cancer biomarkers

Cheryl L. Thompson, PhD research focuses on identifying factors influencing risk of cancer, as well as factors and biomarkers associated with prognosis and treatment outcomes. One of her primary areas of interest is the role of inherited genetic variation in cancer, and how genetic variations interact with lifestyle or behavior to influence risk of or outcomes for cancer. She also studies the association of obesity and energetics and genetic pathways related to metabolism and energetics with cancer. Dr. Thompson was recently the first scientist to report the association of short sleep with having more aggressive types of breast cancer.