Staff: Tanya Agurs-Collins, Ph.D., R.D.
Tanya Agurs-Collins, Ph.D., R.D.
Tanya Agurs-Collins, Ph.D., R.D., 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' research focuses on 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 Ph.D. 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)
- Lifestyle factors
- Biomarkers and cancer risk in ethnic/minority populations
- Gene-behavior interactions
- Obesity and cancer risk
- Health Disparities
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Byrd DA, Agurs-Collins T, Berrigan D, Lee R, Thompson FE Racial and Ethnic Differences in Dietary Intake, Physical Activity, and Body Mass Index (BMI) Among Cancer Survivors: 2005 and 2010 National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS). J Racial Ethn Health Disparities 2017 Jan 11.
- Bray MS, Loos RJ, McCaffery JM, Ling C, Franks PW, Weinstock GM, Snyder MP, Vassy JL, Agurs-Collins T; Conference Working Group NIH working group report-using genomic information to guide weight management: From universal to precision treatment. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2016 Jan; 24(1):14-22.
- Nelson SM, Batai K, Ahaghotu C, Agurs-Collins T, Kittles RA. Association between Serum 25-Hydroxy-Vitamin D and Aggressive Prostate Cancer in African American Men. Nutrients 2016 Dec 28; 9(1).
- Agurs-Collins T, Rohrmann S, Sutcliffe C, Bienstock JL, Monsegue D, Akereyeni F, Bradwin G, Rifai N, Pollak MN, Platz EA. Racial variation in umbilical cord blood sex steroid hormones and the insulin-like growth factor axis in African-American and white female neonates.. Cancer Causes Control 2012 Mar; 23(3):445-54.
- Schmitz KH, Neuhouser ML, Agurs-Collins T, Zanetti KA, Cadmus-Bertram L, Dean LT. Drake BF. Impact of obesity on cancer survivorship and the potential relevance of race and ethnicity. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013; 105(18):1344-54.