University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Iona Cheng, PhD, MPH

Iona Cheng, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

Dr. Cheng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also co-Investigator of the SEER Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry. She is a cancer and genetic epidemiologist, and Principal Investigator of multiple NIH- and foundation-funded projects aimed at examining genetics, lifestyle factors, and neighborhood characteristics in relation to cancer risk. She has an extensive research program investigating racial/ethnic differences in cancer risk and has expertise in leading population-based cancer surveillance studies that document the variation in cancer incidence and mortality patterns across race/ethnicity.

Education

University of California, Davis, BS, 1990 – 1994, Physiology
Yale University, MPH, 1999 - 2001, Chronic Disease Epidemiology
University of Southern California, PhD, 2001 - 2005, Epidemiology
University of California, San Francisco, Postdoc, 2006 - 2008, Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology


Professional Experience

  • 2000-2001
    Research Assistant, Yale University
  • 2001-2005
    Graduate Student Researcher, University of Southern California
  • 2006-2008
    Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2008-2012
    Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii Cancer Center
  • 2012-2013
    Research Scientist II, Cancer Prevention Institute of California
  • 2012-2017
    Member, Stanford Cancer Institute
  • 2013-2017
    Research Scientist III, Cancer Prevention Institute of California
  • 2017-present
    Member, University of Hawaii Cancer Center
  • 2017-present
    Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 2007
    American Association for Cancer Research Scholar-in-Training Award
  • 2007
    National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award
  • 2009
    National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Renewal Award
  • 2011
    American Association for Cancer Research Faculty Scholar Award
  • 2011
    National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Renewal Award
  • 2013
    American Journal of Epidemiology/Society of Epidemiology Research Top 10 manuscripts
  • 2014
    Cancer Prevention Institute of California Mentoring Award
  • 2015
    American Society of Human Genetics Top poster

Selected Publications