Elizabeth A. Platz, ScD, MPH
Professor and Martin D. Abeloff, MD Scholar in Cancer Prevention
Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Elizabeth A. Platz, ScD, MPH is Professor, Martin D. Abeloff, MD Scholar in Cancer Prevention, and Deputy Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she directs the NCI-funded (T32) training program in Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control. She also co-leads the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and holds joint appoints in the Department of Oncology, and the Department of Urology and the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in epidemiology from and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. A major focus of her work is the use of molecular and genetic epidemiology approaches to understand the mechanisms underlying prostate incidence and progression. She conducts her work with an eye toward translation of findings into prevention and treatment strategies. Known for her leadership of multidisciplinary prostate cancer research teams, she is at the forefront of epidemiologic research on the role of inflammation, a target for prevention, in the development of prostate cancer, and on telomere length as a prognostic marker for poor outcome after treatment for prostate cancer. She is the PI of an NCI-funded U01 to enhance the infrastructure of the ARIC cohort for cancer epidemiology research and NCI and DOD-funded grants investigating tissue-based biomarkers of prostate cancer risk and prognosis. In addition to her academic efforts, she is the chair of the Maryland Cancer Collaborative, the group charged with prioritizing and implementing strategies from the state’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.