University of Washington School of Public Health
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
University of Washington
My research focuses on understanding the genetic contribution to common complex diseases, with a primary emphasis on cancer and linked traits. By leveraging long-running large population-based studies, I investigate how our genetics and environment affect our risk of developing disease.
Current research projects include studying the shared genetic origin between common cancers and the genetics underlying childhood obesity, breast tissue composition and venous thromboembolism. I am also interested in finding approaches to incorporate information about the functional characteristics of the genome in my studies. Finally, I am involved in several large-scale international collaborations that study the genetics underlying breast and prostate cancer.
MSc Engineering Physics, Umea University, 2004
PhD Genetic Epidemiology, Umea University, 2007
In the News
- Study finds 72 previously unknown genes for breast cancer
Epi News, 11/08/2017
- Breast cancer genetics revealed: 72 new mutations discovered in global study
- New Faculty - Spring/Summer 2016
UW School of Public Health News, 07/22/2016