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Brenda Y. Hernandez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Researcher)
Cancer Center
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, Hawaii

Email: Brenda [at] crch.hawaii.edu
Curriculum Vitae



1987 B.A. (Biological Anthropology) Harvard University, Boston, MA
1990 M.P.H. (Epidemiology) Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
1999 Ph.D. (Epidemiology) University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

Research Keywords: Cancer epidemiology, human papillomavirus, pathology

Research Overview

My major research interest is the role of infection in the etiology of cancer. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a major research focus. I have been involved in epidemiologic studies of HPV in both men and women and run an HPV testing laboratory. I am currently the PI of a CDC-funded study of HPV detection in men, Co-Investigator of an NCI-funded cohort study of HPV in females, and was previously the Project Leader of an NIH-funded investigation of the natural history of HPV in men. I am the Co-Principal Investigator of the Hawai‘i Tumor Registry (HTR), which is part of the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results Program of the National Cancer Institute. The HTR monitors trends in cancer incidence and mortality in the state and maintains a repository of cancer tissue specimens for research. I developed the Cancer Center’s Pathology Core laboratory, which provides histology and pathology services to support basic, epidemiologic, translational, and clinical research studies utilizing human tissue.

Selected Publications