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Mariam Eljanne, Ph.D.

Program Director
Division of Cancer Biology
Physical Sciences-Oncology
National Cancer Institute

Dr. Mariam Eljanne serves as a Program Director for the Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers (PS-OC) initiative within the Division of Cancer Biology at the NCI. In this role, she oversees the scientific progress at different PS-OC Centers.

Dr. Eljanne earned a MS. in Microbial Genetics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh. She has broad expertise in basic sciences and clinical research. After earning her Master's degree, Dr. Eljanne managed the Molecular Diagnostics laboratory for infectious diseases at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She then joined the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh where she worked on gene therapy, stem cell research, and genomic imprinting. Dr. Eljanne studied the methylation pattern of DNA in the mouse. After earning her Ph.D. she joined Cytyc Corporation where she worked on breast and cervical cancer diagnostic assay development. In 2004 she moved to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) as a Senior Research Associate where she worked on prostate cancer diagnostic/prognostic assay development and prostate clinical research. With this clinical research experience from BIDMC, Dr. Eljanne joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Lupus Center as a Research Program Manager where she managed several industry-sponsored lupus clinical trials. In 2009 Dr. Eljanne joined NIAID to manage the Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Units clinical trial contract. Dr. Eljanne's interest lies in understanding the epigenetic modifications of DNA that lead to cancer development and in testing some of the new discoveries in preclinical and clinical settings.

    Research Expertise:
  • Human genetics
  • Genomic imprinting
  • Epigenetics
  • Microbial genetics
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Clinical research