As a faculty member of Department of Population Sciences at City of Hope, Christopher Sistrunk, Ph.D., serves as an assistant professor with the primary focus of developing a research program that serves underrepresented minority communities. One of his research projects studies the increasing role the environment plays on genetic imprinting, specifically focusing on the environmental impacts on drinking water and how underrepresented communities are affected genetically through chronic exposures.
 
Throughout his career as a research scientist, he has served as an academic advisor and a mentor to minority and disadvantage populations. He is diligent in his pursuit to educate and train the next generation of minority scientist and healt hcare professionals. In an effort to increase the number of underrepresented minorities entering the field of medicine and biomedical research, he co-founded and currently serves as director of the Medical and Translation Research Apprenticeship Program, served as director of City of Hope’s Science Education Partnership Award Consortium program, and is co-principal investigator of the YES2SUCCESS program (Youth Enjoying Science Seeking Useful Comprehensive Cancer Education Strategies for Students).