Neal Simonsen, PhD Neal Simonsen, PhD, earned his doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1993. In 2001, he held postdoctoral and research assistant faculty positions at Chapel Hill. He has worked in private industry and local government, and is now an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology within the School of Public Health. Examples of key research interests include: (1) nutritional epidemiology, especially the role of fatty acids and antioxidants in health and disease; (2) genetic and phenotypic determinants of exposure-outcome relationships, especially in relation to the above-mentioned areas; (3) applications of biological specimens and nontraditional exposure and outcome measures to the study of chronic disease etiology and prevention; and (4) environmental and occupational carcinogenesis, including application of geographical mapping technologies to the assessment of relationships between environmental exposures and cancer.