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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch

The Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch (ITEB) employs molecular pathology, somatic and germline genomics, and epidemiology to identify environmental and germline risk factors for cancer.

Research Mission

The mission of ITEB is to conduct large-scale, international epidemiological research on cancer etiology and progression through integrative analyses of risk factors and tissue profiling to inform prevention and clinical strategies.


ITEB provides a dynamic and collaborative environment for trainees at the pre- and post-doctoral level. Meet the current ITEB fellows and learn about research training opportunities in ITEB.

ITEB Highlights

Genome-wide association meta-analyses combining multiple risk phenotypes provide insights into the genetic architecture of cutaneous melanoma susceptibilityNat Genet 2020; Landi MT, Bishop DT, MacGregor S, et al.

Using whole breast ultrasound tomography to improve breast cancer risk assessment: A novel risk factor based on the quantitative tissue property of sound speed.  J Clin Med 2020; Duric N, Sak M, Fan S, et al.

Mosaic chromosome Y loss is associated with alterations in blood cell counts in UK Biobank menSci Rep 2020; Lin SH, Loftfield E, Sampson JN, et al.

Reproductive factors and risk of breast cancer by tumor subtypes among Ghanaian women: A population-based- case-control study. Int J Cancer 2020. Figueroa JD, Davis Lynn BC, Edusei L, et al.

Immune gene expression profiling reveals heterogeneity in luminal breast tumors. Breast Cancer Res 2019. Zhu B, Tse LA, Wang D, et al.