Staff: Tanya Agurs-Collins, PhD, RD

Tanya Agurs-Collins

Tanya Agurs-Collins, PhD, RD

Program Director
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Tanya Agurs-Collins, PhD, RD, is a Program Director in the Health Behaviors Research Branch, Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute (NCI). In this capacity, she is responsible for directing, coordinating, and managing a research grant portfolio in diet, physical activity, and weight-loss behavioral interventions for cancer prevention and survival. Dr. Agurs-Collins' scientific interests include race and ethnic disparities in dietary intake and obesity on cancer risk and survival. She is also interested in understanding individual genetic variation in diet and physical activity behaviors and response to weight loss interventions.

Dr. Agurs-Collins has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in epidemiology and a master's degree in Public Health Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Howard University in Washington, DC. Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Agurs-Collins was an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and a nutritional epidemiologist at the Howard University Cancer Center. She is a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Past BRP mentees include Sara Tamers, Doratha Byrd, and Shakira Nelson.

Secondary Branch/Office Appointment:  Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB)

Current and/or past BRP mentees include Catherine Pichardo, Amanda Acevedo and Adaora Ezeani.

Scientific Interests

  • Lifestyle factors
  • Biomarkers and cancer risk in ethnic/minority populations
  • Gene-behavior interactions
  • Obesity and cancer risk
  • Health Disparities

Selected Publications and Presentations

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