The Shields Lab began in 1990 when Dr. Shields was a senior clinical investigator and section chief in the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis at the National Cancer Institute. The lab moved to Georgetown University in 2000 when Dr. Shields and his research group expanded his studies while he also served as professor of medicine and oncology, vice-chair for the Department of Oncology, associate director for cancer control and population sciences, and deputy director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2011, Shields’ research group moved from Georgetown University to The Ohio State University where Dr. Shields became deputy director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Shields moved to the OSUCCC and Columbus because of the following reasons:

  1. The breadth and depth of the research programs and the opportunity to work with its faculty
  2. The exceptional nature and structure of the OSUCCC, along with fabulous institutional support
  3. Strong collaborative environment across all the Ohio State colleges
  4. Visionary leadership
  5. Strong community support
  6. It's a great city

The Shields Lab pursues translational science discoveries leading to the development of cancer and how to prevent it. Our lab is composed of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and other students and staff with diverse training in medicine, tumor biology, epidemiology, biostatistics and bioinformatics and toxicology. We conduct molecular epidemiology studies from the laboratory to the community. The studies are transdisciplinary, ranging from behavioral interventions to epidemiology. Our laboratory is especially suited for the physician-scientist in training, the postdoctoral researcher and students interested in the causes of cancer, developing tests to determine who is at greatest risk and developing prevention strategies.

Lab Members

  • Mallory Dietrich – Student Research Assistant
  • Alek Erdel – Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Fariha Farjana – Student Research Assistant
  • Allison Gales – Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Sahar Kamel – Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Quentin Nickerson – Laboratory Services Coordinator
  • Sarah A. Reisinger, PhD, MPH, MCHES – Program Director
  • Matthew ReVeal – Volunteer
  • Barbara Schley – Clinical Research Assistant
  • Patricia Thompson – Clinical Research Assistant
  • James Warnes – Clinical Research Assistant
  • Daniel Y. Weng, PhD – Research Scientist
  • Noah Whiteman – Clinical Research Assistant
  • Kevin Ying – Graduate Research Assistant


  • Theodore M. Brasky, PhD – Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Jo Freudenheim, PhD – Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD – Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry
  • Catalin Marian, PhD – Professor, Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara
  • Ewy Mathé, PhD – Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Joseph P. McElroy, PhD – Research Scientist, The Ohio State University Center for Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Min-Ae Song, PhD – Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University College of Public Health
  • Mu Chun Tsai, MD – Physician, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Theodore Wagener, PhD – Associate Professor, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Mark Wewers, MD – Professor, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Mary Ellen Wewers, PhD – Professor, The Ohio State University College of Public Health

Contact Us

Room D920
460 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Laboratory Questions:
Daniel Weng, PhD
Research Scientist
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Clinical Research Questions:
Sarah Reisinger, PhD, MPH
Program Director
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Training Questions:
Kelly Wolfe
Executive Assistant
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Peter Shields, MD

Peter Shields


Dr. Shields is a medical oncologist whose research focuses on the prevention of lung and breast cancer. He also serves as the deputy director of the OSUCCC and is a professor in the Division of Medical Oncology at The Ohio State University.

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