As a memorial tribute to an extraordinary woman, Krav Maga Worldwide™ and STOP CANCER created The Marni Fund, with a shared mission dedicated to developing improved treatments, new diagnostic procedures and the ultimate goal – a cure. Created in memory of Marni Levine (1969–2006), The Marni Fund is currently supporting innovative Breast Cancer researchers at UCLA, USC and City of Hope NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

Today, we introduce you to one of those researchers: Dr. Christopher Haiman.

Christopher Haiman, Sc.D.


Dr. Christopher Haiman, a former STOP CANCER Awardee, is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received his Doctor of Science degree at Harvard University School of Public Health and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at USC.

Dr. Haiman is currently working on a program called “Genetic Susceptibility to Breast Cancer.” With funds provided by the STOP CANCER Marni Levine Memorial Breast Cancer Research Award, he is focusing on employing analyses centered on disequilibrium mapping to identify novel susceptibility alleles (one member of a pair of genes that occupy a specific position on a specific chromosome.) He is hoping to define genetic profiles that may be utilized to provide chemopreventive regimens and earlier and more intensive screening strategies.

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