(Philadelphia, PA) - Richard Aplenc, MD, MSCE, has been appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, division of Pediatric Oncology, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Aplenc earned his medical degree in 1994 from the University of Virginia. He earned his Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Program in the same area there.

Dr. Aplenc's research interests include the molecular epidemiology of childhood cancers, with a focus on case control studies to evaluate the role of polymorphisms in drug metabolizing enzymes, and treatment outcome and toxicity in pediatric leukemia. He is currently working on several research projects studying genotypes and cancer. Dr. Aplenc is also collaborating with Dr. Jason Christie, also of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania, in a cohort study examining genetic modifiers of acute lung injury susceptibility and outcome. His research has been published in several journals including the Best Practice & Research Clinical Haematology, Accepted Genetics, Clinical Cancer Research, Cancer Research, and Leukemia.

Dr. Aplenc is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is also an ad-hoc reviewer for the publications Cancer, Clinical Cancer Research and Medical and Pediatric Oncology.


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