Office Address:
554 Masonic Cancer Research Building
Mailing Address:

420 Delaware St SE
MMC 806 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Heather Hammond Nelson, PhD, MPH

Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health


Associate Director, Cancer Prevention and Control, Masonic Cancer Center


PhD, Cancer Biology, Harvard University
MPH, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
BA, Hamline University


My research program encompasses environmental exposures and genetic traits that increase cancer susceptibility and impact patient outcomes. Our current work is focused on understanding the role of inter-individual differences in immunity, as well as viral exposures, in cancer epidemiology. In addition, I am a co-leader of the Screening, Prevention, Etiology and Cancer Survivorship program in the Masonic Cancer Center.


Cancer, genetics, epigenetics, environment, immunity.

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