About Public Health Sciences

Public Health Sciences (PHS) was originally established in 1975 as Fred Hutch’s Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. In 1983, it became a division of the center as scientists established the Cancer Prevention Research Program, the first cancer prevention program funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Due to our research expertise in large trials, PHS is a hub for many national data and clinical coordination centers including the Women’s Health Initiative, the Early Detection Research Network, Population-based Research to Optimize the Screening Process, and Southwest Oncology Group. It’s also the home of the Genetics and Colorectal Cancer Consortium.

“Being funded by the public to do science is a privilege. We are driven by the quest for discovery and the translation of new knowledge to the common good.”

— Dr. Thomas Kensler

Our Leadership

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Dr. Garnet Anderson

Director, Garnet Anderson, Ph.D. 

Dr. Garnet Anderson is the director of Public Health Sciences (PHS) and an affiliate professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health. As the PHS director, Dr. Anderson provides scientific leadership to the division, coordinates with the other divisions, and communicates with Fred Hutch leadership.

Dr. Johanna Lampe

Associate Director, Johanna Lampe, Ph.D., R.D.

Dr. Lampe is a PHS associate division director and a research professor in the Epidemiology Department of the University of Washington School of Public Health. She specializes in gut microbial phenotypes and the relationships between obesity, gut microbiome, and inflammation. 

Dr. Ulrike Peters

Associate Director, Ulrike Peters, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Peters is a Public Health Sciences associate division director and a research professor in the Epidemiology Department of the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her research centers on the genetic, molecular and nutritional epidemiology of cancer and cardiometabolic traits.

Rosemarie Keenan

Senior Operations Director, Rosemarie Keenan

Ms. Keenan is the Public Health Sciences senior operations director. She oversees day-to-day and long-range strategic planning, as well as financial, administrative, and human resource operations. Ms. Keenan earned her Juris Doctorate from New York University.

Collaboration is at the Foundation of Our Research

Our best work can’t be done in a vacuum, and the more opportunities we have to share our science, the greater the possibility we have for live-saving discoveries. Through groups like our Integrated Research Centers (IRCs) and the Seattle Tumor Translational Research (STTR), Fred Hutch supports collaboration at a structural level.

Cell processing

Immunotherapy IRC

The IIRC bridges programs in cell therapy, transplant immunology, tumor microenvironment, immune checkpoint regulation, immunogenomics, therapeutic vaccines and more.

Boeckh Lab

The PAM IRC combines research in infectious diseases, host-pathogen interactions, cancer biology, immunology, global oncology and immunotherapy. 

Male Organs

Seattle Translational Tumor Research

Fred Hutch joins UW Medicine and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to increase our understanding of solid tumors, leading to better treatments and outcomes.

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Contact Us

Mailing Address

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Public Health Sciences Division
Mail Stop M3-C102
PO Box 19024
Seattle, WA 98109-1024

Physical Address

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Arnold Building, Day Campus
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Rosemarie Keenan

Senior Operations Director

Teri Martinez

Administrative Manager

Susan Terjeson

Executive Assistant to the Division Director