An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Susan L. Neuhausen, Ph.D.

The Morris & Horowitz Families Professor in Cancer Etiology & Outcomes Research
Research Focus
  • Genetic epidemiology of breast and ovarian cancers
  • Etiology of prostate cancer in young men
  • Cancer etiology and outcomes - molecular and genetic aspects
  • Environmental factors and risk of developing breast cancer
Director, Division of Biomarkers of Early Detection and Prevention, Department of Population Sciences; Co-leader, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, Comprehensive Cancer Center
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My research is primarily focused on identifying genes and environmental stressors that predispose to disease and that cause disease progression. To perform this research, I have established collaborations with researchers around the world. Current studies in my laboratory are on breast, ovarian and prostate cancers and celiac disease. The hope is that this knowledge can be used to design both preventive and therapeutic strategies, and to identify at risk individuals for preventive strategies.

For breast and ovarian cancers, we are investigating reproductive and lifestyle factors including hormone replacement therapy, smoking and prophylactic surgeries and genetic factors that may interact with these lifestyle exposures for risk of developing cancer or disease progression once the cancer develops. For prostate cancer, we are investigating whether men diagnosed with prostate cancer at a young age have different underlying etiologies than men who are diagnosed at an older age. For celiac disease, we are investigating whether specific genes affect degree of symptoms and development of other autoimmune diseases in celiac disease cases and their relatives.


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Susan Neuhausen

Researcher Awarded $3M Grant to Study Genomics of Breast Cancer in Latinas

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NIH awards City of Hope $4.8 million grant to study environment and breast cancer