Anthropologist Lauren C. Houghton, PhD, uses mixed-methods to understand how culture gets beneath the skin through hormones, specifically in relation to women's reproductive lives from puberty to menopause. She is currently exploring how digital menstrual health can be used in studying the causes of breast cancer as well as the dissemination and implementation of the latest cancer science. Dr. Houghton has conducted fieldwork with Native Americans in the Southwest US, migrants in the UK, school girls in the UK and US.
Dr. Houghton joined Columbia in 2014 and her current research is funded through an NCI K07 Career Development Award. She received her PhD in biological anthropology from Durham University in the UK and was supported though a NIH-Wellcome Trust fellowship. She gained further experience in Cancer Epidemiology as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute, where she received the Director’s Intramural Innovation Career Development Award.