Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology

Our research program includes integrative genetic and molecular epidemiology studies with an emphasis on deciphering the underlying factors that drive racial/ethnic disparities in cancer risk and health behaviors.

  • In collaboration with the NHGRI Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) Initiative, we are investigating the genetic architecture of complex traits such as lifestyle factors (smoking, alcohol use, coffee consumption) and cholesterol levels among non-European ancestry populations.
  • In a large NCI program project study, we are conducting a genome-wide association study of the gut microbiome among participants of the Multiethnic Cohort Study.
  • In a study funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program, we are investigating the role of endocrine disrupting chemicals (BPA, parabens, and phthalates) on the risk of breast cancer development.

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