Current Research

Patients’ and providers’ perspectives on ASCO’s value-focused decision tool for cancer treatment
Department of Population Medicine Faculty Grant
PI: Anita Wagner, PharmD, MPH, DrPH

The aim of this project is to assess awareness, acceptability and potential use of value frameworks among HPHC’s member with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and their providers.


Improving healthcare providers’ communication about HPV vaccine
NIH/NCI 1K22CA186979-01
PI: Melissa Gilkey, PhD

Karen Switkowski

Research Scientist

Karen Switkowski, PhD, MPH, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Her background is in nutrition science and epidemiology, and she is primarily interested in researching associations of early-life nutrition, including maternal diet and nutritional status during pregnancy, with child health outcomes. Dr. Switkowski works in the Division of Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse (CoRAL) and mainly on Project Viva, a longitudinal study of mother-child pairs.

Joanne Sordillo

Research Scientist

Joanne E. Sordillo, ScD, MS, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She is an asthma epidemiologist with a background in clinical laboratory science, environmental exposure assessment and the microbiome.  Dr. Sordillo specializes in gene by environment interaction studies, and is PI of an NIH funded study on An Integrative Genomics Approach to Gene by Environment Interactions in Asthma.

Rui Wang

Associate Professor

Dr. Rui Wang is an Associate Professor of Population Medicine and Director of the Biostatistics Center in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Wang received her PhD Degree from Harvard University.

Julia Marcus

Assistant Professor

Julia Marcus, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Her primary interest is in optimizing the delivery of health services for people with or at risk of HIV infection. Her work has focused on preexposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention, as well as the long-term outcomes of chronic HIV infection.