Ulrike Peters

Research Professor, Epidemiology



PhD Nutrition, University of Kiel (Germany), 1998
MPH Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 1999



Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Box 358080
1100 Fairview Ave N,M4-B402
PO Box 1024
Seattle, WA 98109

Research Interests

My research interest centers on the genetic and molecular epidemiology of common complex diseases, including cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as intermediate traits, including inflammation and metabolic measurements. Within well characterized and diverse study populations, we are studying the impact of common and rare genetic variants across the entire genome, as well as interactions between genetic variants and environmental factors (such as diet, exercise, smoking and aspirin use). We are increasingly bringing in functional genomic data to inform gene-environment interactions as well as rare variant testing. In addition, we are conducting a large-scale study to integrate the tumor and host genome to investigate associations of germline genetic, environmental risk factors and survival in relation to colorectal cancer subtypes defined by existing tumor characteristics as well as novel somatic mutations in colorectal cancer. A further interest of us is the translation of our findings into public health practice and clinical care. Accordingly, we have developed comprehensive risk prediction models that can personalize screening decisions.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Association between germline variants and somatic mutations in colorectal cancer.
(2022 Jun 17)
Sci Rep 12(1): 10207
Barfield R, Qu C, Steinfelder RS, Zeng C, Harrison TA, Brezina S, Buchanan DD, Campbell PT, Casey G, Gallinger S, Giannakis M, Gruber SB, Gsur A, Hsu L, Huyghe JR, Moreno V, Newcomb PA, Ogino S, Phipps AI, Slattery ML, Thibodeau SN, Trinh QM, Toland AE, Hudson TJ, Sun W, Zaidi SH, Peters U

Identifying colorectal cancer caused by biallelic MUTYH pathogenic variants using tumor mutational signatures.
(2022 Jun 6)
Nat Commun 13(1): 3254
Georgeson P, Harrison TA, Pope BJ, Zaidi SH, Qu C, Steinfelder RS, Lin Y, Joo JE, Mahmood K, Clendenning M, Walker R, Amitay EL, Berndt SI, Brenner H, Campbell PT, Cao Y, Chan AT, Chang-Claude J, Doheny KF, Drew DA, Figueiredo JC, French AJ, Gallinger S, Giannakis M, Giles GG, Gsur A, Gunter MJ, Hoffmeister M, Hsu L, Huang WY, Limburg P, Manson JE, Moreno V, Nassir R, Nowak JA, Obón-Santacana M, Ogino S, Phipps AI, Potter JD, Schoen RE, Sun W, Toland AE, Trinh QM, Ugai T, Macrae FA, Rosty C, Hudson TJ, Jenkins MA, Thibodeau SN, Winship IM, Peters U, Buchanan DD

Genome-Wide Interaction Analysis of Genetic Variants with Menopausal Hormone Therapy for Colorectal Cancer Risk.
(2022 May 5)
J Natl Cancer Inst
Tian Y, Kim AE, Bien SA, Lin Y, Qu C, Harrison T, Carreras-Torres R, Díez-Obrero V, Dimou N, Drew DA, Hidaka A, Huyghe JR, Jordahl KM, Morrison J, Murphy N, Obón-Santacana M, Ulrich CM, Ose J, Peoples AR, Ruiz-Narvaez EA, Shcherbina A, Stern M, Su YR, van Duijnhoven FJB, Arndt V, Baurley J, Berndt SI, Bishop DT, Brenner H, Buchanan DD, Chan AT, Figueiredo JC, Gallinger S, Gruber SB, Harlid S, Hoffmeister M, Jenkins MA, Joshi AD, Keku TO, Larsson SC, Le Marchand L, Li L, Giles GG, Milne RL, Nan H, Nassir R, Ogino S, Budiarto A, Platz EA, Potter JD, Prentice RL, Rennert G, Sakoda LC, Schoen RE, Slattery ML, Thibodeau SN, Van Guelpen B, Visvanathan K, White E, Wolk A, Woods MO, Wu AH, Campbell PT, Casey G, Conti DV, Gunter MJ, Kundaje A, Lewinger JP, Moreno V, Newcomb PA, Pardamean B, Thomas DC, Tsilidis KK, Peters U, Gauderman WJ, Hsu L, Chang-Claude J

Beyond GWAS of Colorectal Cancer: Evidence of Interaction with Alcohol Consumption and Putative Causal Variant for the 10q24.2 Region.
(2022 May 4)
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 31(5): 1077-1089
Jordahl KM, Shcherbina A, Kim AE, Su YR, Lin Y, Wang J, Qu C, Albanes D, Arndt V, Baurley JW, Berndt SI, Bien SA, Bishop DT, Bouras E, Brenner H, Buchanan DD, Budiarto A, Campbell PT, Carreras-Torres R, Casey G, Cenggoro TW, Chan AT, Conti DV, Dampier CH, Devall MA, Díez-Obrero V, Dimou N, Drew DA, Figueiredo JC, Gallinger S, Giles GG, Gruber SB, Gsur A, Gunter MJ, Hampel H, Harlid S, Harrison TA, Hidaka A, Hoffmeister M, Huyghe JR, Jenkins MA, Joshi AD, Keku TO, Larsson SC, Le Marchand L, Lewinger JP, Li L, Mahesworo B, Moreno V, Morrison JL, Murphy N, Nan H, Nassir R, Newcomb PA, Obón-Santacana M, Ogino S, Ose J, Pai RK, Palmer JR, Papadimitriou N, Pardamean B, Peoples AR, Pharoah PDP, Platz EA, Potter JD, Prentice RL, Rennert G, Ruiz-Narvaez E, Sakoda LC, Scacheri PC, Schmit SL, Schoen RE, Slattery ML, Stern MC, Tangen CM, Thibodeau SN, Thomas DC, Tian Y, Tsilidis KK, Ulrich CM, van Duijnhoven FJB, Van Guelpen B, Visvanathan K, Vodicka P, White E, Wolk A, Woods MO, Wu AH, Zemlianskaia N, Chang-Claude J, Gauderman WJ, Hsu L, Kundaje A, Peters U

Genome-wide and transcriptome-wide association studies of mammographic density phenotypes reveal novel loci.
(2022 Apr 12)
Breast Cancer Res 24(1): 27
Chen H, Fan S, Stone J, Thompson DJ, Douglas J, Li S, Scott C, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Dennis J, Michailidou K, Li C, Peters U, Hopper JL, Southey MC, Nguyen-Dumont T, Nguyen TL, Fasching PA, Behrens A, Cadby G, Murphy RA, Aronson K, Howell A, Astley S, Couch F, Olson J, Milne RL, Giles GG, Haiman CA, Maskarinec G, Winham S, John EM, Kurian A, Eliassen H, Andrulis I, Evans DG, Newman WG, Hall P, Czene K, Swerdlow A, Jones M, Pollan M, Fernandez-Navarro P, McConnell DS, Kristensen VN, NBCS Investigators., Rothstein JH, Wang P, Habel LA, Sieh W, Dunning AM, Pharoah PDP, Easton DF, Gierach GL, Tamimi RM, Vachon CM, Lindström S

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