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)

Genome-wide analysis to assess if heavy alcohol consumption modifies the association between SNPs and pancreatic cancer risk.
(2024 Jun 13)
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev
Ni Z, Kundu P, McKean DF, Wheeler W, Albanes D, Andreotti G, Antwi SO, Arslan AA, Bamlet WR, Beane Freeman LE, Berndt SI, Bracci PM, Brennan P, Buring JE, Chanock SJ, Gallinger S, Gaziano JM, Giles GG, Giovannucci EL, Goggins MG, Goodman PJ, Haiman CA, Hassan MM, Holly EA, Hung RJ, Katzke V, Kooperberg C, Kraft P, Le Marchand L, Li D, McCullough ML, Milne RL, Moore SC, Neale RE, Oberg AL, Patel AV, Peters U, Rabe KG, Risch HA, Shu XO, Smith Byrne K, Visvanathan K, Wactawski-Wende J, White E, Wolpin BM, Yu H, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Zheng W, Zhong J, Amundadottir LT, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Klein AP

Large-scale integration of omics and electronic health records to identify potential risk protein biomarkers and therapeutic drugs for cancer prevention and intervention.
(2024 May 31)
Li Q, Song Q, Chen Z, Choi J, Moreno V, Ping J, Wen W, Li C, Shu X, Yan J, Shu XO, Cai Q, Long J, Huyghe JR, Pai R, Gruber SB, Casey G, Wang X, Toriola AT, Li L, Singh B, Lau KS, Zhou L, Wu C, Peters U, Zheng W, Long Q, Yin Z, Guo X

Two genome-wide interaction loci modify the association of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with colorectal cancer.
(2024 May 31)
Sci Adv 10(22): eadk3121
Drew DA, Kim AE, Lin Y, Qu C, Morrison J, Lewinger JP, Kawaguchi E, Wang J, Fu Y, Zemlianskaia N, Díez-Obrero V, Bien SA, Dimou N, Albanes D, Baurley JW, Wu AH, Buchanan DD, Potter JD, Prentice RL, Harlid S, Arndt V, Barry EL, Berndt SI, Bouras E, Brenner H, Budiarto A, Burnett-Hartman A, Campbell PT, Carreras-Torres R, Casey G, Chang-Claude J, Conti DV, Devall MAM, Figueiredo JC, Gruber SB, Gsur A, Gunter MJ, Harrison TA, Hidaka A, Hoffmeister M, Huyghe JR, Jenkins MA, Jordahl KM, Kundaje A, Le Marchand L, Li L, Lynch BM, Murphy N, Nassir R, Newcomb PA, Newton CC, Obón-Santacana M, Ogino S, Ose J, Pai RK, Palmer JR, Papadimitriou N, Pardamean B, Pellatt AJ, Peoples AR, Platz EA, Rennert G, Ruiz-Narvaez E, Sakoda LC, Scacheri PC, Schmit SL, Schoen RE, Stern MC, Su YR, Thomas DC, Tian Y, Tsilidis KK, Ulrich CM, Um CY, van Duijnhoven FJB, Van Guelpen B, White E, Hsu L, Moreno V, Peters U, Chan AT, Gauderman WJ

Large-scale alternative polyadenylation-wide association studies to identify putative cancer susceptibility genes.
(2024 May 17)
Cancer Res
Guo X, Ping J, Yang Y, Su X, Shu XO, Wen W, Chen Z, Zhang Y, Tao R, Jia G, He J, Cai Q, Zhang Q, Giles GG, Pearlman R, Rennert G, Vodicka P, Phipps A, Gruber SB, Casey G, Peters U, Long J, Lin W, Zheng W

Association of tea and coffee consumption and biliary tract cancer risk: The Biliary Tract Cancers Pooling Project.
(2024 Jun 1)
Hepatology 79(6): 1324-1336
Huang YH, Loftfield E, Argirion I, Adami HO, Albanes D, Chan AT, Fedirko V, Fraser GE, Freedman ND, Giles GG, Hartge P, Katzke V, Knutsen SF, Lacey J Jr, Liao LM, Luo J, Milne RL, O'Brien KM, Peters U, Poynter JN, Purdue MP, Robien K, Sandin S, Sandler DP, Setiawan VW, Kang JH, Simon TG, Sinha R, VoPham T, Weinstein SJ, White E, Zhang X, Zhu B, McGlynn KA, Campbell PT, Lee MH, Koshiol J

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