Genetic and Cancer Epidemiology

The goals of this Division are to undertake cutting-edge research and provide training and in modern epidemiologic and genetic epidemiologic approaches to studying chronic diseases such as cancer.


Faculty conduct research on the causes of a wide variety of diseases, including cancers of the breast, prostate, brain, colon, pancreas, and blood. The faculty study methods to enhance early detection of disease, conduct prevention and treatment clinical trials, and evaluate quality of life and survival. The faculty also undertake methodological research into the design and analysis of modern epidemiologic studies.


The Division plays a key role in the education of future genetic and cancer epidemiologists. This includes teaching courses in epidemiology methods, genetic and molecular epidemiology, and cancer epidemiology.

Primary Faculty

Paige Bracci, PhD, MPH, MS Associate Professor
June Chan, DSc Professor
Iona Cheng, MPH, PhD Associate Professor
Adam De Smith, PhD Assistant Researcher
Scarlett Gomez, MPH, PhD Professor
Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD Professor
Peggy Reynolds, PhD, MPH, MA Professor
Salma Shariff-Marco, PhD, MPH Associate Professor
Erin Van Blarigan, ScD Assistant Professor
Joe Wiemels, PhD Professor
John Witte, PhD, MS Professor and Division Head
Lydia Zablotska, MD, PhD Associate Professor


Retired Faculty

Virginia L. Ernster, PhD Professor (Emeritus)
Elizabeth A. Holly, PhD Professor (Emeritus)
Marion Lee, PhD Professor (Emeritus)
John Wiencke, PhD Professor (Recalled)
Margaret Wrensch, PhD Professor