Epidemiology Program

Research in the Epidemiology Program is focused on reducing cancer incidence, progression, and sequalae through the identification of risk factors and the translation of discoveries into preventive strategies. Through population-, laboratory-, and clinic-based research, our faculty aim to uncover knowledge that can inform and improve cancer risk prediction, prevention, prognostication, treatment assignment, surveillance, and overall health.

Our studies ask important public health and clinical questions about environmental, lifestyle, medical, and/or genetic factors that contribute to the incidence, recurrence, and mortality rates for different cancers. Our researchers investigate which genes are potentially modifiable and which ones protect against the development of cancer.

And because the public at-large serves as the source for much of our research, we’re constantly evaluating how risk factors and prognostic profiles vary across populations. We test interventions and lifestyle changes to see which improve outcomes in survivors. We also study cancer risk prediction, screening, and prognostication given the molecular heterogeneity in various types of cancer within different populations.

Epidemiology Faculty


Our faculty have a wide range of expertise, with many holding joint appointments or university affiliations.

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Epidemiology Research Areas

Our research is done through a variety of ways including enrolling patients, using population databases, laboratory-based genetic analysis, etc. We collaborate with researchers across the world to share knowledge and methodologies, creating a more efficient path from research to better care in 3 primary areas of cancer epidemiology: Etiology, Prognostic/Survivorship, and Intervention.

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Acute Effects of Exercise on Breast Cancer Biomarkers (ACE) Study

Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology

The Acute Effects of Exercise on Breast Cancer Biomarkers (ACE Study) is enrolling women to test the effect of moderate intensity exercise on cancer risk factors such as biomarkers in healthy women. Knowing if exercise significantly alters these biomarkers, could help support guidelines for daily exercise for breast cancer prevention and could indicate that exercise even without weight loss is beneficial.

Contact: Jude Warner, acestudy@fredhutch.org

Advancing our Understanding of the Etiologies and Mutational Landscapes of Basal-like, Luminal A, and Luminal B Breast Cancer

Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology

Addressing research gaps in the molecular subtypes of breast cancer, we are taking a multidisciplinary approach to study the epidemiology and mutational landscapes of basal-like, luminal A, and luminal B tumors.

Funding Agency: DOD

Contact: Sarah Taylor, sataylor@fredhutch.org

Bacterial Correlates of Colorectal Cancer Subtypes and Survival

Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology

Scientists identify differences in the bacterial community in tumors for patients with etiologically-distinct subgroups of colorectal cancer, and how those differences relate to survival.

Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute

Contact: Amanda Phipps, aphipps@fredhutch.org

Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI)

Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology

The Breast Health Global Initiative is striving to improve breast health outcomes and access to breast cancer screening, detection and treatment for women in low- and middle-income countries.

Contact: Marisa Hartman, 206.667.3538

Breast, Colorectal and Ovary Cancer Clinical Validation Center

Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology

After identifying early detection biomarkers for each of these cancers, we are conducting phase 2 and phase 3 validation studies directed towards clearly defined clinical applications.

Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute

Contact: Chris Li, cili@fredhutch.org

Cancer Epidemiology Research Cooperative (CERC)

Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology

The Cancer Epidemiology Research Cooperative (CERC) conducts research to improve knowledge about the causes of cancer and its impact on the lives of those affected, in order to reduce cancer occurrence and suffering and to improve survival.

Case-control study of ovarian cancer (DOVE)

Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology

Using two ovarian cancer case-control studies, scientists are trying to determine why some women develop ovarian tumors and others do not.

Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute

Contact: Holly Harris, hharris@fredhutch.org

Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Care in the Tyrosine Kinase Era

Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology

Using the Optum Labs/United Healthcare database, investigators review healthcare use patterns of chronic myelogenous leukemia patients treated in the tyrosine kinase inhibitor era.

Funding Agency: American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

Contact: Nancy Blythe, nblythe@fredhutch.org

Colocare Study

Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology

ColoCare is a research study for people newly diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer. It includes researchers, doctors, nurses, and patients working together to learn more about improving health after a cancer diagnosis.

Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute

Contact: Kathy Vickers, kvickers@fredhutch.org

Coordinating Center for the Population-based Research to Optimize the Screening PRocess (PROSPR) Consortium

Public Health Sciences, Epidemiology

Building on the success of PROSPR I, PROSPR II investigators from a variety of disciplines and institutions are conducting research to improve the screening of cervical, colorectal, and lung cancers.

Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute

Contact: Marty Stiller, mstiller@fredhutch.org

Contact Epidemiology

Kathi Malone
Program Head

Kara McBroom
Program Operations Director

Jenny Connor
Research Administrator

Julia Park
Research Administrator

Nicholas Porter
Administrative Coordinator


The Epidemiology Program is located at the Robert W. Day Campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle.

Mailing Address:

Epidemiology Program
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Mail Stop M4-B874
PO Box 1024
Seattle, WA 98109-1024


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