Shelley Tworoger, PhD, Faculty Advisor
Dr. Tworoger, an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has been directing the BWH/Harvard Cohorts Biorepository since 2007.
She is a recognized leader in the collection and use of biologic specimens and new assay modalities in epidemiologic studies. She has given a number of invited lectures and consulted on this topic for several national research organizations, and chaired a special conference on molecular epidemiology for the American Association for Cancer Research. Her research interests focus on improving prevention recommendations for ovarian and breast cancers.
Dr. Tworoger received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in 2003.
Sherilyn Sawyer, PhD, Director
Dr. Sawyer oversees all aspects of daily operations, including biospecimen management, collections management, and information systems infrastructure. With a strong interest in process design and improvement, Sherry has been working to strengthen quality assurance and control programs, operational efficiencies, and adherence to standard operating procedures and best practices within the Biorepository.
Prior to joining the BWH team in 2012, Dr. Sawyer was a Program Director with the Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research at the National Cancer Institute. Her responsibilities included a major role in the design and implementation of the caHUB program and technical oversight of caHUB central operations. She also served as the co-director of Biospecimen Acquisitions for the Genotype Tissue Expression (GTEx) Roadmap Initiative.
Dr. Sawyer is a molecular biologist with expertise in cell signaling and regulation of RNA expression. She earned her PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry from Boston University.
Janine Neville-Golden, Senior Laboratory Manager
With more than 25 years of experience in cancer biology and neurobiology research, Janine Neville-Golden brings a wealth of experience working in and managing large laboratories in academic settings. Since 2008, Ms. Neville-Golden has overseen the day-to-day operations of the BWH/Harvard Cohorts Biorepository. She works to ensure that each project progresses in a timely manner, working with investigators and staff to address any issues that may arise during the process.