Viral Causes of Lung Cancer

Danny Colombara

University of Washington

This project was funded on:
25 March 2013
We have special access to blood specimens collected from more than 9,000 cancer free people. These individuals were followed-up for up to 9+ years to document all new lung cancer cases. Testing blood that was collected prior to cancer diagnosis will be the key to determining whether the infections came before the cancer, and could therefore have contributed to cancer risk.


Budget Overview

The funds will be used towards purchasing reagents to test the 400 specimens. It costs $12.50 to test each specimen including 10% resampling.

Meet the Researcher


Danny graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. While in college, he cut his teeth in research through his work in a renal physiology laboratory at Harvard Medical School. Post college, he invested his time and energy in various communities ... beginning with refugees in Lowell, MA and ending with the urban and rural poor in Cambodia. He then applied to the School of Public Health at the University of Washington and earned a master of public health degree in epidemiology / global health in 2010. He continued in the epidemiology PhD program, and spent the 2011-2012 academic year in Beijing on an NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars fellowship. It was during this time in Beijing that his interest in infectious causes of cancer was kindled. He is currently a cancer prevention trainee at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Project Backers

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