Member Spotlight: Nizia Alam

Nizia Alam is a public affairs specialist in the external relations branch of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison at the National Cancer Institute.

Nizia Alam
Nizia Alam

Nizia is the new point of contact for communications professionals across the 72 NCI-designated cancer centers, providing guidance and support on NCI communications initiatives and campaigns, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and addressing the unique needs and priorities of each center. She also collaborates with PAMN to leverage platforms including the annual meeting, webinars and NCI quarterly updates.

What led you to work in cancer communications?

I was driven by both my academic background and a passion for making a positive impact on people’s lives to pursue a career in cancer communications. After receiving my master’s in health communication at the University of Georgia, I joined the NCI in 2020 through the NCI communications fellowship and transitioned into a full-time role in 2021. I’m so thankful to be in this field and supporting our collective mission to end cancer as we know it.

What’s your best advice for someone new to the field?

My biggest advice would be to always stay genuinely curious, whether it’s about the latest cancer research, trends in communications and marketing, or your internal and external partners. This curiosity will lead to better relationships and more interesting and innovative communications.

Do you have a favorite line from a movie?

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”
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What was your best vacation?

I recently explored South Korea, Taiwan and China. I had a wonderful experience visiting stunning temples, climbing the Great Wall of China and eating so much delicious food. One of my favorite parts were the vending machine coffees that were available everywhere. Imagine strolling in a park and grabbing a 50-cent hot coffee – it was the perfect little pick-me-up on my adventures!

If you had to eat one meal, every day, for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Choosing one dish is too tough! But, I am a huge fan of curry dishes, whether it’s a paneer butter masala or a Thai green curry.

What is your hometown?

I grew up in a small town in East Texas called Tyler.

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