Holly Harris

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Epidemiology



ScD Harvard T.H. Chan,
MPH University of Southern California, 2005
BA Macalester College, 2000



Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Box M4-B859
Program in Epidemiology, Division of Public Health Sciences
1100 Fairview Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the impact of lifestyle, nutrition, and genetic factors on women’s health. Specifically, I have focused on ovarian and breast cancer, as well as on hormonally related conditions that have shared reproductive risk factors with these diseases, including endometriosis and uterine fibroids. Much of my research to date has focused on understanding the role of the potentially modifiable risk factors of diet and lifestyle on the risk of these conditions. A more recent facet of my research is to explore the interrelatedness of these conditions and their shared risk factors. As ovarian cancer is rare, I am particularly interested in identifying women, such as those with endometriosis, who may be at higher risk because these women may benefit from screening modalities for ovarian cancer which are currently not appropriate for population-based use. Identification of women at high risk for ovarian cancer and breast cancer is also important as it allows for targeted prevention strategies and can guide clinical decisions regarding frequency of screening and chemoprevention strategies for both of these cancers. Finally, understanding the influence of genetic factors, both alone or as a part of gene-environment interactions may facilitate prevention and help identify women most at risk for ovarian and breast cancer.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Effects of risk factors for ovarian cancer in women with and without endometriosis.
(2022 Sep 28)
Fertil Steril
Phung MT, Muthukumar A, Trabert B, Webb PM, Jordan SJ, Terry KL, Cramer DW, Titus LJ, Risch HA, Doherty JA, Harris HR, Goodman MT, Modugno F, Moysich KB, Jensen A, Kjaer SK, Anton-Culver H, Ziogas A, Berchuck A, Khoja L, Wu AH, Pike MC, Pearce CL, Lee AW

Racial differences in the association of body mass index and ovarian cancer risk in the OCWAA Consortium.
(2022 Sep 22)
Br J Cancer
Ochs-Balcom HM, Johnson C, Guertin KA, Qin B, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Camacho F, Bethea TN, Dempsey LF, Rosenow W, Joslin CE, Myers E, Moorman PG, Harris HR, Peres LC, Wendy Setiawan V, Wu AH, Rosenberg L, Schildkraut JM, Bandera EV

Modification of the Association Between Frequent Aspirin Use and Ovarian Cancer Risk: A Meta-Analysis Using Individual-Level Data From Two Ovarian Cancer Consortia.
(2022 Jul 22)
J Clin Oncol
Hurwitz LM, Townsend MK, Jordan SJ, Patel AV, Teras LR, Lacey JV Jr, Doherty JA, Harris HR, Goodman MT, Shvetsov YB, Modugno F, Moysich KB, Robien K, Prizment A, Schildkraut JM, Berchuck A, Fortner RT, Chan AT, Wentzensen N, Hartge P, Sandler DP, O'Brien KM, Anton-Culver H, Ziogas A, Menon U, Ramus SJ, Pearce CL, Wu AH, White E, Peters U, Webb PM, Tworoger SS, Trabert B

Pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis dietary patterns and survival in women with ovarian cancer.
(2022 Oct)
Br J Cancer 127(6): 1097-1105
Sasamoto N, Wang T, Townsend MK, Eliassen AH, Tabung FK, Giovannucci EL, Matulonis UA, Terry KL, Tworoger SS, Harris HR

Race Differences in the Associations between Menstrual Cycle Characteristics and Epithelial Ovarian Cancer.
(2022 Aug 2)
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 31(8): 1610-1620
Nash R, Johnson CE, Harris HR, Peres LC, Joslin CE, Bethea TN, Bandera EV, Ochs-Balcom HM, Myers ER, Guertin KA, Camacho F, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Moorman PG, Setiawan VW, Rosenberg L, Schildkraut JM, Wu AH

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