Sofia D. Merajver, M.D., Ph.D.

Sofia Merajver

Professor, Epidemiology

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Director, Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk and Evaluation Program

1500 East Medical Center Drive      Vcard icon
7217 Cancer Center Bldg
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Office: 734-936-6884; skype: Hoysalgoadelante


Website(s): The Merajver Lab

Professional Summary

I am a physician scientist with a translational focus of integrating molecular genetics of breast cancer with clinical, social, and environmental determinants of outcomes in the global stage for women at high risk for breast cancer and women affected with aggressive breast cancer phenotypes. As Director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program which I founded the at the University of Michigan in 1995 and as scientific leader of the Breast Oncology Program, I am engaged with clinical translational research that tests prevention and therapeutic interventions as well as educational tools to improve cancer outcomes globally. I have supervised graduate and undergraduate students, and mentored postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who have entered research careers in molecular and psychosocial aspects of cancer outcomes in special populations in the US and in Africa. Our global health research has encompassed comparative studies on expression of metastasis associated genes in inflammatory breast cancer in the US and Africa, perceived risk, dynamics of social interactions in the family of patients at high risk, fear of insurance and employment discrimination as a major decision making determinant, and acceptance and barriers to utilization of chemoprevention in breast cancer. My global health work includes collaborations with multidisciplinary teams in the medical, epidemiological, engineering, and social sciences to train translational scientists and to best deliver cancer risk management interventions around the globe and rigorously evaluate their impact in ameliorating inequities in health.

1976-1977, Fellow of the Center for Theoretical Physics, University of Maryland

1977-1978, Faculty Research Assistant, Institute of Physical Science and Technology, U. of Maryland

1980-1983, Asst. Professor of Physical Chemistry, Dept of Chemistry, Polytechnic University, New York

1983 -1987, Assoc. Res. Scientist, Biophysics Research Div. & Assist. Prof. of Physics (Adj.), U of Michigan

1993-1994, Lecturer in Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan

1994-present, Director, Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program, University of Michigan

1994-1999, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan

1999-2004, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan

2004-present, Scientific Director, Breast Oncology Program, University of Michigan

2004-present, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan

2010-2012, Director, University of Michigan Center for Global Health


Fellow in Hematology/Oncology, University of Michigan, 1991-1993
Resident in Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center, 1988-1991
M.D., University of Michigan, 1987
National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Naval Research Laboratory, 1978-1980
Ph.D., Physics, University of Maryland, 1978
M.S., Physics, University of Maryland, 1975
B.S., Mathematics, University of Maryland, 1973

Selected Publications

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Mooney, C.J., Merajver, S.D. (In Press). Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations: Dynamic Extrapolation of Limited Data. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

Iniesta, M.D., Chien, J., Wicha, M., Merajver, S.D. (2010). One-hit effects and cancer. Cancer Prevention Research, 3(1), 12-5.

Dey, S., Hablas, A., Seifeldin, I.A., Ismail, K., Ramadan, M., El-Hamzawy, H., Wilson, M.L., Banerjee, M., Boffetta, P., Harford, J., Merajver, S.D., Soliman, A.S. (2010). Urban-rural differences of gynaecological malignancies in Egypt (1999-2002). BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 117(3), 348-55.

Chang, C.W., Wu, M., Merajver, S.D., Mycek, M.A. (2009). Physiological fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy improves Forster resonance energy transfer detection in living cells. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 14(6), 060502.

Iniesta, M.D., Mooney, C.J., Merajver, S.D. Inflammatory breast cancer: what are the treatment options? Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, 10(18), 2987-97.

Professional Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association for Cancer Research
Central Society for Clinical Research
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Board of Internal Medicine
Metastasis Research Society
Women in Cancer Research, AACR
Molecular Epidemiology Group, AACR
Minorities in Cancer Research, AACR
American Society for Cell Biology

International Consortium for Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research
Editorial Positions:
Editorial Board Member, The American Journal of Oncology Review
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Oncology
Associate Editor, Cancer Prevention Research
Senior Editor for Cancer Research (Systems Biology & Emerging Technologies), Leader in Initiating Mathematical Oncology Section
Editorial Board Member, Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology