Christopher 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)

Hemochromatosis risk genotype is not associated with colorectal cancer or age at its diagnosis.
(2020 Oct 22)
HGG Adv 1(1): 100010
Jarvik GP, Wang X, Fontanillas P, Kim E, Chanprasert S, Gordon AS, Bastarache L, Kowdley KV, Harrison T, Rosenthal EA, Stanaway IB, Bézieau S, Weinstein SJ, Newcomb PA, Casey G, Platz EA, Visvanathan K, Le Marchand L, Ulrich CM, Hardikar S, Li CI, van Duijnhoven FJB, Gsur A, Campbell PT, Moreno V, Vodička P, Brenner H, Chang-Claude J, Hoffmeister M, Slattery ML, Gunter MJ, Aglago EK, Castellví-Bel S, Kweon SS, Chan AT, Li L, Zheng W, Bishop DT, Giles GG, Rennert G, Offit K, Keku TO, Woods MO, Hampe J, Van Guelpen B, Gallinger SJ, de la Chapelle A, Hampel H, Berndt SI, Tangen CM, Lindblom A, Wolk A, Burnett-Hartman A, Wu AH, White E, 23andMe Research Team., Gruber SB, Jenkins MA, Mountain J, Peters U, Crosslin DR

Association of circulating leukocyte telomere length with survival in patients with colorectal cancer.
(2022 Jan 5)
J Geriatr Oncol
Pauleck S, Gigic B, Cawthon RM, Ose J, Peoples AR, Warby CA, Sinnott JA, Lin T, Boehm J, Schrotz-King P, Li CI, Shibata D, Siegel EM, Figueiredo JC, Toriola AT, Schneider M, Ulrich AB, Hoffmeister A, Ulrich CM, Hardikar S

Salicylic Acid and Risk of Colorectal Cancer: A Two-Sample Mendelian Randomization Study.
(2021 Nov 21)
Nutrients 13(11):
Nounu A, Richmond RC, Stewart ID, Surendran P, Wareham NJ, Butterworth A, Weinstein SJ, Albanes D, Baron JA, Hopper JL, Figueiredo JC, Newcomb PA, Lindor NM, Casey G, Platz EA, Marchand LL, Ulrich CM, Li CI, van Dujinhoven FJB, Gsur A, Campbell PT, Moreno V, Vodicka P, Vodickova L, Amitay E, Alwers E, Chang-Claude J, Sakoda LC, Slattery ML, Schoen RE, Gunter MJ, Castellví-Bel S, Kim HR, Kweon SS, Chan AT, Li L, Zheng W, Bishop DT, Buchanan DD, Giles GG, Gruber SB, Rennert G, Stadler ZK, Harrison TA, Lin Y, Keku TO, Woods MO, Schafmayer C, Van Guelpen B, Gallinger S, Hampel H, Berndt SI, Pharoah PDP, Lindblom A, Wolk A, Wu AH, White E, Peters U, Drew DA, Scherer D, Bermejo JL, Brenner H, Hoffmeister M, Williams AC, Relton CL

Sleep problems and risk of cancer incidence and mortality in an older cohort: The Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS).
(2021 Nov 17)
Cancer Epidemiol 76(): 102057
Sillah A, Watson NF, Peters U, Biggs ML, Nieto FJ, Li CI, Gozal D, Thornton T, Barrie S, Phipps AI

Racial/ethnic disparities in risk of breast cancer mortality by molecular subtype and stage at diagnosis.
(2021 Dec)
Breast Cancer Res Treat 190(3): 549-558
Lorona NC, Malone KE, Li CI

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