Tanya Agurs-Collins , PhD, RD
Research Area: Lifestyle factors, hormones, obesity and cancer risk in ethnic/minority populations; gene-environment-behavior interactions and obesity/cancer risk; policy research
Tanya Agurs-Collins, Ph.D., has been a Program Director/Nutritionist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB), since October 2004. Before joining NCI, Dr. Agurs-Collins was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and a nutritional epidemiologist at the Howard University Cancer Center in Washington, DC. During that time, Dr. Agurs-Collins conducted research in the areas of sex steroid hormones, growth hormones, nutrition, physical activity, and obesity in breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer risk.
Dr. Agurs-Collins received her Doctorate in Nutrition, with an epidemiology focus, and an Master of Science degree in Nutrition in Public Health from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a graduate of the Dietetic Internship Program at Howard University Hospital and a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association. Dr. Agurs-Collins has served as a member of advisory boards, a reviewer for professional journals and has received several awards.
Secondary Branch Appointment:
Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB)
Current and past BRP mentees include Temitope Erinosho.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Dunn, B. K., Agurs-Collins, T., Browne, D., Lubet, R., & Johnson, K. A. Health disparities in breast cancer: biology meets socioeconomic status. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2010; 121(2):281-292.
Rohrmann, S., Sutcliffe, C. G., Bienstock, J. L., Monsegue, D., Akereyeni, F., Bradwin, G., Rifai, G., Pollak, M. N., Agurs-Collins, T., & Platz, E. A. Racial variation in sex steroid hormones and the insulin-like growth factor axis in umbilical cord blood of male neonates. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009; 18(5):1484-1491.
Agurs-Collins, T., Rosenberg, L., Makambi, K., Palmer, J. R., & Adams-Campbell, L. Dietary patterns and breast cancer risk in women participating in the Black Women's Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2009; 90(3):621-628.
Fuemmeler, B. F., Agurs-Collins, T., McClernon, F. J., Kollins, S. H., Garrett, M. E., & Ashley-Koch, A. E. Interactions between genotype and depressive symptoms on obesity. Behav Genet 2009; 39(3):296-305.
Agurs-Collins, T., Khoury, M. J., Simon-Morton, D., Olster, D. H., Harris, J. R., & Milner, J. A. Public health genomics: translating obesity genomics research into population health benefits. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2008; 16 Suppl 3:S85-S94.