Dr. John Groopman is the Anna M. Baetjer Professor of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and served as Chair of the Department for 19 years. He is also the Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Groopman received his PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was also a post-doctoral fellow at MIT. He received further training as a staff fellow at the National Cancer Institute in the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis.
Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins in 1989, Dr. Groopman was the Associate Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Groopman’s primary research interests have been in the development of biomarkers reflective of exposure and risk from environmental toxins and carcinogens. The most cited research publication from this research was the finding from a prospective cohort of over 18,000 people in Shanghai that established for the first time a viral-chemical interaction essential to the etiology of liver cancer, a leading cause of cancer death in the world. This work has led to the collaborative chemoprevention trials in China. Collectively, Dr. Groopman’s expertise involves the biological consequences of exposures to mycotoxins and other environmental contaminates on human health.