Assistant Professor School of Population Health, Department of Health Behavior and Policy

 Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Katherine Y. Tossas, Ph.D., M.S., is a cancer epidemiologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy, at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Population Health (VCU). She is also a member of the VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center (Cancer Prevention and Control research program) where she is the founding director for the Office of Catchment Area Data Access and Alignment. Dr. Tossas’ research is grounded in health equity, and centers on elucidating the role of the microbiome on disparate progression of precancerous lesions, specifically in the cervix and lung. She is a Principal Investigator for multiple foundation-funded, community-engaged research projects addressing systemic or structural inequities in cancer outcomes across Virginia. She is the recipient of multiple competitive grants, most recently an NCI K01 and a V Scholar Award. Dr. Tossas also provides mentorship opportunities to students through her COQUI Lab (Cancer Outcomes Queries to Understand Inequities).