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Iona Cheng, PhD, MPH

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentEpidemiology & Biostatistics
Address550 16th. Street
San Francisco CA 94158
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    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CAPostdoc2008Molecular/Genetic Epidemiology
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CAPhD2005Epidemiology
    Yale University, New Haven, CTMPH2001Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    University of California, Davis, Davis, CABS1994Physiology

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    Dr. Iona Cheng is an epidemiologist with research interests focused on the role of genetics, health behaviors, environmental exposures, and neighborhood factors on cancer incidence and prognosis. Her overall research program is centered on understanding racial/ethnic differences in cancer risk. Dr. Cheng has an active program of research studies of nested case-control and cohort studies of the breast, lung, colorectal, and prostate cancer within the Multiethnic Cohort Study and is developing an electronic health record cohort of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders through collaborations between Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. In addition, she is conducting studies within Population Architecture Using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) Study to discover novel genetic loci for complex traits among non-European ancestry populations. She is also Co-Investigator of Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry, a part of the California Cancer Registry and the NCI Surveillance Epidemiology End Results (SEER) Program, and the Colon Cancer Family Registry.


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    A cohort study of air pollution, lung cancer, and COPD in Los Angeles County
    NIH/NIEHS R01ES026171Sep 30, 2016 - Aug 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Lung cancer in never smokers: incidence, risk factors, and molecular characteristics in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanderfemales
    NIH/NCI R01CA204070May 11, 2016 - Apr 30, 2019
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Mitochondrial Genetic Susceptibility to Breast and Prostate Cancers
    NIH/NCI R03CA173782Sep 24, 2013 - Aug 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Obesogenic environment: impact on breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer risk
    NIH/NCI R01CA154644Sep 1, 2011 - Aug 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Characterizing Mitochondrial DNA Susceptibility to Breast, Colorectal, and Prosta
    NIH/NCI R01CA140636Sep 28, 2009 - Jul 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
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