Aruna Kamineni, PhD

“I'm working on reducing cancer through better screening. I collaborate with researchers nationwide on studies that will make screening more effective, patient-friendly, and personalized.”

Aruna  Kamineni, PhD

Group Health Research Institute Research Associate


Aruna Kamineni came to Group Health Research Institute in 2009 with a wealth of experience in cardiovascular and cancer epidemiology. Attracted by the Institute’s well-established cancer research program, Dr. Kamineni is excited to build on her 2010 dissertation evaluating the efficacy of cervical cancer screening in older women. She is currently working with Senior Investigator Diana Buist, PhD, and others to compare the effectiveness of  various screening strategies for cervical and colorectal cancers. Dr. Kamineni’s future research goals include studying the impact of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing and HPV vaccination on cervical cancer and  screening programs.

Research interests and experience

Recent publications

Habbema D, Weinmann S, Arbyn M, Kamineni A, Williams AE, M C M de Kok I, van Kemenade F, Field TS, van Rosmalen J, Brown ML. Harms of cervical cancer screening in the United States and the Netherlands. Int J Cancer. 2017 Mar 1;140(5):1215-1222. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30524. PubMed

Shortreed SM, Johnson EJ, Rutter CM, Kamineni A, Chubak J. Cohort restriction based on prior enrollment: examining potential biases in estimating cancer risk. Obs Stud. 2016 Sept;2:51-64.

Zhang M, Wang Z, Obazee O, Jia J, Childs EJ, Hoskins J, Figlioli G, Mocci E, Collins I, Chung CC, Hautman C, Arslan AA, Beane-Freeman L, Bracci PM, Buring J, Duell EJ, Gallinger S, Giles GG, Goodman GE, Goodman PJ, Kamineni A, Kolonel LN, Kulke MH, M+++. Three new pancreatic cancer susceptibility signals identified on chromosomes 1q32.1, 5p15.33 and 8q24.21. Oncotarget. 2016 Aug 1. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.11041. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Klabunde CN, Zheng Y, Quinn VP, Beaber EF, Rutter CM, Halm EA, Chubak J, Doubeni CA, Haas JS, Kamineni R, Schapira MM, Vacek PM, Garcia MP, Corley DA on behalf of PROSPR consortium. Influence of age and comorbidity on colorectal cancer screening in the elderly. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jun 15. pii: S0749-3797(16)30127-1. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.04.018. [Epub ahead of print].


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