Victoria L. Stevens, PhD

Scientific Director, Epidemiology Research


With a background in biochemical research, Victoria L. Stevens provides expertise for studies involving laboratory analyses of biospecimens collected from participants in the Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS). In addition to her own research, she also manages various collaborative studies of prostate, lung, breast, and other cancers. 


Stevens’ research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms by which various exposures or behaviors influence cancer risk. Specifically, her research focuses on two main areas: the genetics of smoking cessation, and the consequences of weight cycling and obesity for cancer risk and overall health. Her latest research is using metabolomics to define metabolic profiles that are either associated with cancer risk or can be used as markers of specific exposures. 

Stevens often serves on grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health. Most recently, she has been the chair of a panel convened by the National Institutes of Health to review grant proposals to address, “Mechanisms of disparities in chronic liver diseases and cancer”. She is active in growing field of metabolomics and serves as the proposal review chair on the steering committee for COMETS (COnsortium of METabolomics Studies). 


  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry, Merck Research Laboratories, 1988-1990
  • PhD, Biochemistry, Emory University, 1988


For a full list of Stevens’ publications, visit her Google Scholar page.