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Linda Cook PhD

Professor, David F. & Margaret Turley Grohne Endowed Chair for Cancer Prevention & Control Associate Director of Population Sciences (CU Cancer Center)
  • Cancer Center
  • Department of Epidemiology

Dr. Linda Cook received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer epidemiology at the Fred Hutch Cancer Center (Seattle, WA). Focusing on female reproductive cancers (ovarian, breast, and endometrial), she has extensive experience directing large population-based studies with de novo data collection and biologic specimen collection for over 30 years. She is a member of several large international consortia: 1) the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium (E2C2), an NCI-supported consortium dedicated to the study of the etiology of endometrial cancer; 2) the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium (OCAC) dedicated to the identification of genes that may be related to the risk of ovarian cancer and to ovarian survival; and 3) the Ovarian Tissue Testing Association (OTTA) consortium, dedicated to the identification of tumor factors that may be related to risk and prognosis. Dr. Cook is particularly interested in the hormonal etiology of cancer, polygenic risk scores, and treatment association with survival.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Cancer health disparities

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Faculty Teaching Certificate, Teaching and Learning Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, 2006/2007
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow in Cancer Epidemiology Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1998
  • PhD, Epidemiology University of Washington, 1994
  • Diploma, Integrated Business Administration, 1993
  • MSc, Epidemiology University of Washington, 1991
  • BSc, General Science (pre-medicine) University of Iowa, 1982


  • Excellence in Research Award for Population Sciences, UNM Health Sciences Center, 2016
  • Canada Research Chair in Cancer Epidemiology, Canada Research Chairs Program (terminated in 2007 due to job change), 2004-2009
  • William E. Rawls Prize (Award of Excellence in Cancer Research), National Cancer Institute of Canada, sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society, 2004
  • Teaching/Supervisory Award, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, 2002-2003
  • Population Health Scholar Award, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (salary award), 2001-2006
  • Peter Lougheed New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (research and salary award), 2000-2005
  • Population Health Investigator Award, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (salary award), 1998-2001
  • National Research Service Award for Training in Cancer Epidemiology and Biostatistics, U.S. National Cancer Institute, 1990-1993


  • Reviewer, NCI Transition Career Development Award (K22), 2021
  • Member, Faculty Senate, Colorado School of Public Health, 2021-present
  • Member, Program Steering Committee (PSC), Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / New Mexico State University, 2017-present   
  • Co-Chair and Reviewer, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Grant Program, 2020-2021

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