Christopher I-Fu Li

Research Professor, Epidemiology



MD Medicine, University of California (San Francisco), 2000
PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2003
MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2000



Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Box 358080
1100 Fairview Ave N., M4-C308
P.O. 19024
Seattle, WA 98109
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Research Interests

Dr. Li is a cancer epidemiologist based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center with research projects spanning cancer early detection/screening, etiology, and survivorship. He has significant expertise in cancer epidemiology and substantial experience in the design, leadership, and completion of multidisciplinary studies of cancer. Current research projects include: 1. A large population-based study of different molecular subtypes of breast cancer aimed at elucidating their risk factors and identifying novel subtype-specific tumor markers useful for predicting risk of disease recurrence (DOD Collaborative Innovator Award); 2. A nested case-control study of women with DCIS who did and did not go on to develop a second breast cancer aimed at developing novel epidemiologic, clinical, and molecular approaches for guiding clinical decision making for DCIS patients (R01); 3. Discovering and validating novel blood-based markers useful for the early detection of breast, colorectal, and ovarian cancers (U01); 4. Characterizing risk factors for second primary breast, lung, colorectal, and endometrial cancers among breast cancer survivors (R01); and 5. Discovering and validating novel biomarkers useful for assessing risk of recurrence among colorectal cancer survivors (R01 and U01). Selected leaderships activities include: 1. Serving as the co-PI of the Cancer Surveillance System (CSS), the Seattle-Puget Sound Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) cancer registry, 2. Chairing the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program’s Integration Panel (FY 2017), and 3. Co-chairing the 2017 AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

International survey on invasive lobular breast cancer identifies priority research questions.
(2024 Jul 20)
NPJ Breast Cancer 10(1): 61
Oesterreich S, Pate L, Lee AV, Chen F, Jankowitz RC, Mukhtar R, Metzger O, Sikora MJ, Li CI, Sotiriou C, Shah OS, Koorman T, Ulaner G, Reis-Filho JS, Davidson NM, Van Baelen K, Hutcheson L, Freeney S, Migyanka F, Turner C, Derksen P, Bear T, Desmedt C

Case-Case Genome-Wide Analyses Identify Subtype-Informative Variants that Confer Risk for Breast Cancer.
(2024 Jun 4)
Cancer Res
Sun X, Verma SP, Jia G, Wang X, Ping J, Guo X, Shu XO, Chen J, Derkach A, Cai Q, Liang X, Long J, Offit K, Oh JH, Reiner AS, Watt GP, Woods M, Yang Y, Ambrosone CB, Ambs S, Chen Y, Concannon P, Garcia-Closas M, Gu J, Haiman CA, Hu JJ, Huo D, John EM, Knight JA, Li CI, Lynch CF, Mellemkjaer L, Nathanson KL, Nemesure B, Olopade OI, Olshan AF, Pal T, Palmer JR, Press MF, Sanderson M, Sandler DP, Troester MA, Zheng W, Bernstein JL, Buas MF, Shu X

Genome-wide association analyses of breast cancer in women of African ancestry identify new susceptibility loci and improve risk prediction.
(2024 May)
Nat Genet 56(5): 819-826
Jia G, Ping J, Guo X, Yang Y, Tao R, Li B, Ambs S, Barnard ME, Chen Y, Garcia-Closas M, Gu J, Hu JJ, Huo D, John EM, Li CI, Li JL, Nathanson KL, Nemesure B, Olopade OI, Pal T, Press MF, Sanderson M, Sandler DP, Shu XO, Troester MA, Yao S, Adejumo PO, Ahearn T, Brewster AM, Hennis AJM, Makumbi T, Ndom P, O'Brien KM, Olshan AF, Oluwasanu MM, Reid S, Butler EN, Huang M, Ntekim A, Qian H, Zhang H, Ambrosone CB, Cai Q, Long J, Palmer JR, Haiman CA, Zheng W

Identification of potential mediators of the relationship between body mass index and colorectal cancer: a Mendelian randomization analysis.
(2024 Apr 11)
Int J Epidemiol 53(3):
Bouras E, Gill D, Zuber V, Murphy N, Dimou N, Aleksandrova K, Lewis SJ, Martin RM, Yarmolinsky J, Albanes D, Brenner H, CastellvĂ­-Bel S, Chan AT, Cheng I, Gruber S, Van Guelpen B, Li CI, Le Marchand L, Newcomb PA, Ogino S, Pellatt A, Schmit SL, Wolk A, Wu AH, Peters U, Gunter MJ, Tsilidis KK

Executing plans to enhance diversity across cancer centers in the United States: Opportunities and challenges.
(2024 May 6)
J Natl Cancer Inst
Li CI, Rogers SC, Bult CJ, Guerra CE, Talton A, Williams LB, Law W

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