Ulrike (Riki) Peters, Ph.D., MPH

faculty member

Ulrike (Riki) Peters, Ph.D., MPH

Professor and Associate Director
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Professor, Cancer Prevention Program
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Fred Hutch 40th Anniversary Endowed Chair
Fred Hutch

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Dr. Ulrike “Riki” Peters, a molecular and genetic epidemiologist, is associate director of the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch. Her research focuses on the genetic epidemiology of colorectal cancer as well as the impact of race and ethnicity on underlying genetic risk factors for common, complex diseases. In 2007, Dr. Peters initiated the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium, or GECCO, the world’s largest molecular and genetic consortium for colorectal cancer. The consortium involves researchers from more than 130 institutions around the world. Together, they identify novel genetic risk factors for colorectal cancer to create personalized screening strategies and better drug therapies. Using GECCO data, Dr. Peters and colleagues also study the interplay between genes and the environment on colorectal cancer risk via genome-wide association studies. Dr. Peters also leads research that utilizes data from the Women’s Health Initiative minority cohort to understand potential genetic contributions to health disparities.

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology
University of Washington School of Medicine


MPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 1999

Ph.D., Nutrition, University of Kiel, 1998

M.S., Human Nutrition and Food Science, University of Kiel, 1994

Current Projects

The Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium (GECCO)

Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE)