Kimberly Johnson’s research focuses on identifying genetic and environmental factors for cancer, with a particular emphasis on pediatric cancer.
Johnson is the principal investigator of an international patient registry of individuals with the cancer syndrome Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) who incur a strongly increased risk for various tumor types, including pediatric brain tumors. She is conducting studies within this population that aim to understand genetic and environmental determinants of pediatric brain tumors. Johnson also collaborates with investigators at the Washington University McDonnell Genome Institute
on discovery of genomic risk factors for cancer in both adults and children.
Johnson is a member of the Institute for Public Health
, Siteman Cancer Center
, and the American Association for Cancer Research, and she has a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine.
Johnson teaches “Foundations in Public Health: Epidemiology” and is chair of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics specialization in the Brown School’s Master of Public Health program.