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Epidemiologist

Jenny N. Poynter, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research in the Department of Pediatrics. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiologic Sciences from the University of Michigan in 2005, where she focused on the molecular epidemiology of colorectal cancer. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California where she gained exposure to new technologies that make epidemiologic studies more efficient. Dr. Poynter’s primary research is focused on the role of genetic and epigenetic alterations in the etiology of pediatric germ cell tumors and adult myeloid neoplasms. She has ongoing NIH-funded research studies to support this work. She is also the epidemiologist for the Minnesota site of the CDC-funded Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Dr. Poynter is Vice Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group Epidemiology Committee, an Associate Editor for the journal, Cancer Causes and Control, and an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, American Journal of Epidemiology, Epigenetics, and Human Molecular Genetics.