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Quinn Ostrom

Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery
Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology
571 Research Drive, MSRB-1, Rm 442, Durham, NC 27710


I am a cancer epidemiologist with specialized training in genetic epidemiology. The overall goal of my research program is to identify genetic factors that increase the risk of developing a brain tumor as well as those that affect prognosis after diagnosis. My research focuses on: 1) using population-level cancer registry data for surveillance and risk factor discovery; 2) discovering sources of germline genetic risk for brain tumors and 3) understanding the relationship between immune traits and brain tumor risk and survival. I approach these questions through a research program of interrelated projects and application of novel analytic techniques.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery · 2021 - Present Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2021 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2021 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine · 2018 Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine · 2012 M.P.H.
Case Western Reserve University · 2010 M.A.
Michigan State University · 2007 B.S.