Thomas A. Sellers, Ph.D., M.P.H

  • Chair,Cancer Prevention Research Peer Review Panel
    Executive Vice President and Center Director, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of P.H., University of South Florida
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Oncologic Sciences, College of Medicine, University of South Florida
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, University of Florida

Research Focus

Dr. Sellers’ research program seeks to integrate a basic science background in nutrition and genetics with observational research methods to try to understand questions such as, why do less than 20% of cigarette smokers develop lung cancer and why is a proven effective cancer treatment beneficial to only a subset of patients? His studies are based on genetic analysis of germline DNA and the increasing incorporation of acquired (somatic) events. The primary focus of his research is ovarian cancer, which is a devastating disease with no clear warning signs and high mortality rates. Dr. Sellers also has active collaborations that involve cancers of the breast, lung and prostate. The underlying theme is identifying individual differences in cancer susceptibility and using that information to facilitate approaches to cancer prevention, early detection and precision medicine to enhance outcomes after diagnosis. Critical to the success of this effort is team science, necessitating collaborations with geneticists, pathologists, biostatisticians, biomedical informaticists and clinicians.


American River College, A.A., Physical Science
University of California at Davis, B.S., Community Nutrition
Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, M.P.H., Epidemiology
Tulane University, Ph.D., Epidemiology
Louisiana State University Medical Center, Post-doc, Genetic epidemiology

Other Experience

National Cancer Institute, Board of Scientific Advisors
American Association for Cancer Research, Member, Board of Directors
International Genetic Epidemiology Society
American Society for Preventive Oncology, Executive Committee

Selected Honors

Delta Omega Honorary Society of Public Health, Eta Chapter
Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
Postdoctoral Prize, Sigma Xi/LSUMC Research Day
Bush Foundation Excellence in Teaching Program
Paul N. Larson Memorial Lecture - University of Minnesota
Alpha Theta Lecture - University of Mississippi Medical Center
Elected member, American Epidemiological Society
James B. Knight Memorial Lecture