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Cheryl Thompson, PhD, MS

Cheryl Thompson, PhD, MS

Professor, Interim Vice Chair for Education and Endowed Chair in Cancer Population Sciences Research, Department of Public Health Sciences
Chief, Division of Epidemiology
Center for Cannabis and Natural Product Pharmaceuticals (CCNPP)
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

Dr. Cheryl Thompson is a genetic and molecular epidemiologist who is interested in the intersection of behavioral, lifestyle and environmental factors with inherited variation to influence individual risk of cancer or cancer outcomes. Using human populations, she seeks to understand what causes cancer development and progression in hopes of identifying ways to prevent and treat cancer.

  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Neoplasms
  • Colonic Neoplasms
  • Genes
  • Adenoma
  • Obesity
  • Population
  • Melanoma
  • Odds Ratio
  • Sleep
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Single Nucleotide Polymorphism

Clinical Trials

Patient and Provider Preferences for Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effect Prediction

Recent Publications


Lin, D, Sturgeon, KM, Muscat, JE, Zhou, S, Hobkirk, AL, O’Brien, KM, Sandler, DP & Thompson, CL 2024, 'Associations of pre-diagnosis physical activity with treatment tolerance and treatment efficacy in breast cancer patients with neoadjuvant chemotherapy', Breast Cancer, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 519-528.


Lin, D, Thompson, CL, Ba, DM, Muscat, JE, Zhou, S, Rogers, CJ & Sturgeon, KM 2023, 'Associations Between Leisure-Time Physical Activity Level and Peripheral Immune Cell Populations in the US General Population, Analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data, 1999–2018', Sports Medicine - Open, vol. 9, no. 1, 101.
Obayo, S, Mulumba, Y, Thompson, CL, Gibson, MK, Cooney, MM & Orem, J 2023, 'Clinicopathological characteristics and treatment outcomes of oesophageal cancer patients in Uganda', ecancermedicalscience, vol. 17, 1576.
InterMEL Consortium 2023, 'InterMEL: An international biorepository and clinical database to uncover predictors of survival in early-stage melanoma', PloS one, vol. 18, no. 4 April, e0269324.
Anstine, LJ, Majmudar, PR, Aponte, A, Singh, S, Zhao, R, Weber-Bonk, KL, Abdul-Karim, FW, Valentine, M, Seachrist, DD, Grennel-Nickelson, KE, Cuellar-Vite, L, Sizemore, GM, Sizemore, ST, Webb, BM, Thompson, CL & Keri, RA 2023, 'TLE3 Sustains Luminal Breast Cancer Lineage Fidelity to Suppress Metastasis', Cancer Research, vol. 83, no. 7, pp. 997-1015.


Heo, JU, Zhou, F, Jones, R, Zheng, J, Song, X, Qian, P, Baydoun, A, Traughber, MS, Kuo, JW, Helo, RA, Thompson, C, Avril, N, DeVincent, D, Hunt, H, Gupta, A, Faraji, N, Kharouta, MZ, Kardan, A, Bitonte, D, Langmack, CB, Nelson, A, Kruzer, A, Yao, M, Dorth, J, Nakayama, J, Waggoner, SE, Biswas, T, Harris, E, Sandstrom, S, Traughber, BJ & Muzic, RF 2022, 'Abdominopelvic MR to CT registration using a synthetic CT intermediate', Journal of applied clinical medical physics, vol. 23, no. 9, e13731.
Sheele, JM, Bragg, KJ, Bragg, B, Campos, SC, Elkins, JM, Niforatos, JD & Thompson, CL 2022, 'Descriptive Epidemiology of Women in the Emergency Department with Gonorrhea and Chlamydial Infection in the United States', Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 144-157.
InterMEL 2022, 'Landscape of mutations in early stage primary cutaneous melanoma: An InterMEL study', Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 605-612.
Kincaid, JWR, Weiss, G, Hill-Baskin, AE, Schmidt, HM, Omoijuanfo, O, Thompson, CL, Beck, RC & Berger, NA 2022, 'Obesity accelerates acute promyelocytic leukemia in mice and reduces sex differences in latency and penetrance', Obesity, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 1420-1429.
Sheele, JM, Niforatos, JD, Elkins, JM, Campos, SC & Thompson, CL 2022, 'Prediction model for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis in the emergency department', American Journal of Emergency Medicine, vol. 51, pp. 313-319.
Thompson, CL, Misko, TA & Chance, MR 2022, 'Training the next generation of translational scientists: The Case Western Reserve University Translational Fellows Program', Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, vol. 6, no. 1, e47.


Okello, CD, Mulumba, Y, Omoding, A, Ddungu, H, Welch, K, Thompson, CL, Cowan, AJ, Cooney, MM & Orem, J 2021, 'Characteristics and outcomes of patients with multiple myeloma at the uganda cancer institute', African Health Sciences, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 67-74.
Fish, R, Weber, A, Crowley, M, March, M, Thompson, C & Voos, K 2021, 'Early antenatal counseling in the outpatient setting for high-risk pregnancies: a randomized control trial', Journal of Perinatology, vol. 41, no. 7, pp. 1595-1604.
Miller, ME, Patil, N, Li, P, Freyvogel, M, Greenwalt, I, Rock, L, Simpson, A, Teresczuk, M, Carlisle, S, Peñuela, M, Thompson, CL, Shenk, R & Dietz, J 2021, 'Hospital System Adoption of Magnetic Seeds for Wireless Breast and Lymph Node Localization', Annals of Surgical Oncology, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 3223-3229.
Kar, SP, Considine, DPC, Tyrer, JP, Plummer, JT, Chen, S, Dezem, FS, Barbeira, AN, Rajagopal, PS, Rosenow, WT, Moreno, F, Bodelon, C, Chang-Claude, J, Chenevix-Trench, G, deFazio, A, Dörk, T, Ekici, AB, Ewing, A, Fountzilas, G, Goode, EL, Hartman, M, Heitz, F, Hillemanns, P, Høgdall, E, Høgdall, CK, Huzarski, T, Jensen, A, Karlan, BY, Khusnutdinova, E, Kiemeney, LA, Kjaer, SK, Klapdor, R, Köbel, M, Li, J, Liebrich, C, May, T, Olsson, H, Permuth, JB, Peterlongo, P, Radice, P, Ramus, SJ, Riggan, MJ, Risch, HA, Saloustros, E, Simard, J, Szafron, LM, Titus, L, Thompson, CL, Vierkant, RA, Winham, SJ, Zheng, W, Doherty, JA, Berchuck, A, Lawrenson, K, Im, HK, Manichaikul, AW, Pharoah, PDP, Gayther, SA & Schildkraut, JM 2021, 'Pleiotropy-guided transcriptome imputation from normal and tumor tissues identifies candidate susceptibility genes for breast and ovarian cancer', Human Genetics and Genomics Advances, vol. 2, no. 3, 100042.
Walsh, RS, Payne, A, Cossler, NJ, Thompson, CL & Bhola, M 2021, 'Safety of immediate skin-to-skin contact after vaginal birth in vigorous late preterm neonates - A pilot study', Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 95-100.


Scott, JF, Brough, KR, Grigoryan, KV, Muzic, JG, Kim, GY, Conic, RRZ, Hill, ST, Brewer, JD, Baum, CL, Litzow, MR, Hogan, WJ, Patnaik, MS, Hashmi, SK, Lazarus, HM, Bordeaux, JS, Thompson, CL, Gerstenblith, MR & Lehman, JS 2020, 'Risk Factors for Keratinocyte Carcinoma in Recipients of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplants', JAMA Dermatology, vol. 156, no. 6, pp. 631-639.
Darrow, CJ, Bai-Tong, SS, Kang, EM, Thompson, CL & Walsh, MC 2020, 'Use of acidified versus non-acidified liquid human milk fortifier in very low birth weight infants: A retrospective comparison of clinical outcomes', Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 71-79.