Dr. Jennifer B. Valerin is a UCI Health medical oncologist who specializes in gastrointestinal malignancies and hereditary pancreatic cancer.
Valerin earned her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. She completed a residency in internal medicine UCLA, followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Later, she later received a PhD in cancer biology from the University of Texas at Houston/MD Anderson Cancer Center, where her research was focused on resistance mechanisms to inhibitors of the enzyme poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) in hereditary pancreatic cancer.
Valerin’s research interests include gastrointestinal cancers, hereditary cancers, translational genomics and early-phase clinical trials. She is the author or co-author of numerous papers on studies of pancreatic and other cancers. She also received a Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and an award for her basic science research from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
Valerin sees patients at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in Orange. She is also fluent in Spanish.