Portrait of Lisa Signorello, Sc.D., Sc.M.



Lisa Signorello is the Director and Chief of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) Branch in the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Prevention. Dr. Signorello served as Deputy Director of the CPFP from August 2014 to November 2017 and came to the NCI after having held academic positions at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Vanderbilt University. Her research is broadly focused on multi-level factors that give rise to socioeconomic and racial disparities in cancer incidence and survival. She has authored or co-authored more than 175 articles in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, and two book chapters on prostate cancer epidemiology. She received her undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Since joining NCI, Dr. Signorello has focused her efforts on developing the next generation of leaders in the field of cancer prevention. She enjoys the challenges that come with preparing early stage scientists to confront evolving and complex public health challenges through scientific rigor and transdisciplinary collaboration, and she believes in the power of strong mentoring.

Program Spotlight

CPFP Director Receives NCI Director’s Award for Outstanding Mentor

Lisa B. Signorello holding her NIH Award, with Deborah Winn and Ned Sharpless standing on either side of her.
November 15, 2019

Dr. Lisa B. Signorello, Director of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP), is the recipient of an individual NCI Director's Award for Outstanding Mentor “in recognition of her visionary guidance, undaunting leadership, and dedication to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP) CPFP team, fostering the goal of the NCI mission overall.”

Dr. Signorello was nominated by the CPFP staff for her excellence in mentoring fellows and program staff and establishing relationships and environments that empower mentees to be successful. Specifically, Dr. Signorello’s team lauded her for her ability to identify and develop individual strengths, her commitment to wellness, and her dedication to promoting collaborations across and outside the Institute. The latter accomplishment is illustrated through her diligent efforts to initiate a partnership between the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program and the NIH Hematology/Oncology Fellowship. These efforts culminated in a Joint Training in Cancer Prevention & Control track within the NIH Hematology/Oncology Fellowship.

Dr. Signorello expressed, “I am so privileged to be a daily part of the scientific, professional, and personal development of such a wonderful group of people. Mentoring is such a rewarding part of any career, and I am truly fortunate that it gets to be such a big part of mine.”

Dr. Signorello received her award at the 2019 NCI Director's Awards Ceremony on December 5, 2019, in the Ruth Kirschstein Auditorium in the Natcher Building on the main NIH Bethesda campus.

Lisa B. Signorello Sc.D., Sc.M.
Director, Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program