Holly R Harris

Affiliate Associate 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)

Concurrent RB1 Loss and BRCA-Deficiency Predicts Enhanced Immunological Response and Long-Term Survival in Tubo-Ovarian High-Grade Serous Carcinoma.
(2024 Jun 5)
Clin Cancer Res
Saner FAM, Takahashi K, Budden T, Pandey A, Ariyaratne D, Zwimpfer TA, Meagher NS, Fereday S, Twomey L, Pishas KI, Hoang T, Bolithon A, Traficante N, Alsop K, Christie EL, Kang EY, Nelson GS, Ghatage P, Lee CH, Riggan MJ, Alsop J, Beckmann MW, Boros J, Brand AH, Brooks-Wilson A, Carney ME, Coulson P, Courtney-Brooks M, Cushing-Haugen KL, Cybulski C, El-Bahrawy M, Elishaev E, Erber R, Gayther SA, Gentry-Maharaj A, Gilks CB, Harnett PR, Harris HR, Hartmann A, Hein A, Hendley J, Hernandez BY, Jakubowska A, Jimenez-Linan M, Jones ME, Kaufmann SH, Kennedy CJ, Kluz T, Koziak JM, Kristjansdottir B, Le ND, Lener M, Lester J, Lubiński J, Mateoiu C, Orsulic S, Ruebner M, Schoemaker MJ, Shah M, Sharma R, Sherman ME, Shvetsov YB, Soong TR, Steed H, Sukumvanich P, Talhouk A, Taylor SE, Vierkant RA, Wang C, Widschwendter M, Wilkens LR, Winham SJ, Anglesio MS, Berchuck A, Brenton JD, Campbell I, Cook LS, Doherty JA, Fasching PA, Fortner RT, Goodman MT, Gronwald J, Huntsman DG, Karlan BY, Kelemen LE, Menon U, Modugno F, Pharoah PDP, Schildkraut JM, Sundfeldt K, Swerdlow AJ, Goode EL, DeFazio A, Köbel M, Ramus SJ, Bowtell DDL, Garsed DW

History of infertility and risk of colorectal cancer.
(2024 May 24)
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev
Farland LV, Lind KE, Roe DJ, Saquib N, Strickler HD, Qi L, Thomson CA, Harris HR

Racial and ethnic differences in epithelial ovarian cancer risk: an analysis from the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium.
(2024 May 21)
Am J Epidemiol
Meagher NS, White KK, Wilkens LR, Bandera EV, Berchuck A, Carney ME, Cramer DW, Cushing-Haugen KL, Jordan S, Kaufmann SH, Le ND, Pike MC, Riggan M, Qin B, Rothstein JH, Titus L, Winham SJ, Anton-Culver H, Doherty JA, Goode EL, Pearce CL, Risch HA, Aocs Group OBOT, Webb PM, Cook LS, Goodman MT, Harris HR, Le Marchand L, McGuire V, Pharoah PDP, Sarink D, Schildkraut JM, Sieh W, Terry KL, Thompson PJ, Whittemore AS, Wu AH, Peres LC, Merritt MA

Epidemiologic Methods to Advance Our Understanding of Ovarian Cancer Risk.
(2024 May 15)
J Clin Oncol
Harris HR, Davis CP, Terry KL

A prospective study of dietary patterns and the incidence of endometriosis diagnosis.
(2024 Apr 29)
Am J Obstet Gynecol
Dougan MM, Fest S, Cushing-Haugen K, Farland LV, Chavarro J, Harris HR, Missmer SA

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