Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Shine Chang, PhD, FTOS, University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Epidemiology, and Director, Cancer Prevention Research Training Program.
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: At the University of Texas I am a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, and am also the Director for the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program.
Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: My research focuses on bio behavioral aspects of excess body weight as a cancer risk factor. I lead an ancillary study of the Women's Health Initiative to look at hormonal, behavioral and genetic determinants of obesity. In addition, I lead research on diversity, workforce and leadership. I am PI for an NIH R01 project sub award to evaluate the impact of career development programs on the career trajectories of women faculty in academic health science centers. I also lead as PI an NIH R01-funded research project on factors that influence retention of junior scientists in research careers, particularly those that center around mentoring and scientific communication skill development.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
A: Tenacity (and patience)
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Don't be discouraged by the research funding climate; science is fun, and the work is important.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: The opportunity to make important contributions in so many areas! Prevention, community interventions, policy, basic mechanistic studies, clinical strategies - the world is your oyster!
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Travel, hiking/camping, my dog and husband, crazy British TV.