University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elad Ziv, MD

Elad Ziv, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Genetics

Research Summary

I am a professor of medicine at UCSF, and I focus my research on human genetics of cancer susceptibility and hematological traits. My research synthesizes concepts and data from human population genetics and epidemiology. A particular focus is on the genetics of admixed populations such as Latinos and African Americans. My research group was the first to demonstrate that breast cancer risk is associated with ancestry among Latina women; in particular, we showed that Native American genetic ancestry among Latina women was associated with protection from breast cancer. Subsequently, I led the group that mapped this difference to a locus on chromosome 6q25, and then performed fine mapping and found a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) that explains a large fraction of this risk difference. I have also recently led a group to identify a set of SNP’s associated with survival among multiple myeloma patients.

Education

Yale University, New Haven, CT, BS, 1991, Magna cum Lauda, Biology
University of California, San Francisco, CA, MD, 1996, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, CA, Intern, 1996-1997, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, CA, Resident, 1997-1999, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1999-2001, Fellow, General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology


Professional Experience

  • 2001-2003
    Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2003-2007
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2007-present
    Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2007-2013
    Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2013-present
    Professor in Residence, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 1988-1991
    IBM Thomas J. Watson Scholarship
  • 1991
    Distinction in Biology, Yale University
  • 1991
    Magna cum Laude, Yale University
  • 2001-2003
    UCSF Women's Health Research Scholar
  • 2002-2004
    Clinical Research Training Grant Award, American Cancer Society
  • 2003
    Best Breast Cancer Clinical Investigation, UCSF Breast Oncology Program Retreat
  • 2004-2007
    National Cancer Institute Career Transition Award
  • 2005
    Robert Crede Award for Clinical Research, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 2012-2017
    National Cancer Mid-Career Investigator Award for Patient Oriented Research

Selected Publications

  1. Thorsson V, Gibbs DL, Brown SD, Wolf D, Bortone DS, Ou Yang TH, Porta-Pardo E, Gao GF, Plaisier CL, Eddy JA, Ziv E, Culhane AC, Paull EO, Sivakumar IKA, Gentles AJ, Malhotra R, Farshidfar F, Colaprico A, Parker JS, Mose LE, Vo NS, Liu J, Liu Y, Rader J, Dhankani V, Reynolds SM, Bowlby R, Califano A, Cherniack AD, Anastassiou D, Bedognetti D, Rao A, Chen K, Krasnitz A, Hu H, Malta TM, Noushmehr H, Pedamallu CS, Bullman S, Ojesina AI, Lamb A, Zhou W, Shen H, Choueiri TK, Weinstein JN, Guinney J, Saltz J, Holt RA, Rabkin CE, Lazar AJ, Serody JS, Demicco EG, Disis ML, Vincent BG, Shmulevich L. The Immune Landscape of Cancer. Immunity. 2018 Apr 17; 48(4):812-830.e14.
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  2. Braithwaite D, Miglioretti DL, Zhu W, Demb J, Trentham-Dietz A, Sprague B, Tice JA, Onega T, Henderson LM, Buist DSM, Ziv E, Walter LC, Kerlikowske K. Family History and Breast Cancer Risk Among Older Women in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium Cohort. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Apr 01; 178(4):494-501.
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  3. Mak AC, White MJ, Eckalbar WL, Szpiech ZA, Oh SS, Pino-Yanes M, Hu D, Goddard P, Huntsman S, Galanter J, Wu AC, Himes BE, Germer S, Vogel JM, Bunting KL, Eng C, Salazar S, Keys KL, Liberto J, Nuckton TJ, Nguyen TA, Torgerson DG, Kwok PY, Levin AM, Celedón JC, Forno E, Hakonarson H, Sleiman PM, Dahlin A, Tantisira KG, Weiss ST, Serebrisky D, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Farber HJ, Meade K, Lenoir MA, Avila PC, Sen S, Thyne SM, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Winkler CA, Moreno-Estrada A, Sandoval K, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Kumar R, Williams LK, Ahituv N, Ziv E, Seibold MA, Darnell RB, Zaitlen N, Hernandez RD, Burchard EG. Whole Genome Sequencing of Pharmacogenetic Drug Response in Racially Diverse Children with Asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Mar 06.
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  4. Rappoport N, Toung J, Hadley D, Wong RJ, Fujioka K, Reuter J, Abbott CW, Oh S, Hu D, Eng C, Huntsman S, Bodian DL, Niederhuber JE, Hong X, Zhang G, Sikora-Wohfeld W, Gignoux CR, Wang H, Oehlert J, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, Gould JB, Darmstadt GL, Wang X, Bustamante CD, Snyder MP, Ziv E, Patsopoulos NA, Muglia LJ, Burchard E, Shaw GM, O'Brodovich HM, Stevenson DK, Butte AJ, Sirota M. A genome-wide association study identifies only two ancestry specific variants associated with spontaneous preterm birth. Sci Rep. 2018 Jan 09; 8(1):226.
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  5. Wu YH, Graff RE, Passarelli MN, Hoffman JD, Ziv E, Hoffmann TJ, Witte JS. Identification of Pleiotropic Cancer Susceptibility Variants from Genome-Wide Association Studies Reveals Functional Characteristics. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Jan; 27(1):75-85.
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  6. Michailidou K, Lindström S, Dennis J, Beesley J, Hui S, Kar S, Lemaçon A, Soucy P, Glubb D, Rostamianfar A, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Tyrer J, Dicks E, Lee A, Wang Z, Allen J, Keeman R, Eilber U, French JD, Qing Chen X, Fachal L, McCue K, McCart Reed AE, Ghoussaini M, Carroll JS, Jiang X, Finucane H, Adams M, Adank MA, Ahsan H, Aittomäki K, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova NN, Arndt V, Aronson KJ, Arun B, Auer PL, Bacot F, Barrdahl M, Baynes C, Beckmann MW, Behrens S, Benitez J, Bermisheva M, Bernstein L, Blomqvist C, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen SE, Bonanni B, Børresen-Dale AL, Brand JS, Brauch H, Brennan P, Brenner H, Brinton L, Broberg P, Brock IW, Broeks A, Brooks-Wilson A, Brucker SY, Brüning T, Burwinkel B, Butterbach K, Cai Q, Cai H, Caldés T, Canzian F, Carracedo A, Carter BD, Castelao JE, Chan TL, David Cheng TY, Seng Chia K, Choi JY, Christiansen H, Clarke CL. Association analysis identifies 65 new breast cancer risk loci. Nature. 2017 11 02; 551(7678):92-94.
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  7. Milne RL, Kuchenbaecker KB, Michailidou K, Beesley J, Kar S, Lindström S, Hui S, Lemaçon A, Soucy P, Dennis J, Jiang X, Rostamianfar A, Finucane H, Bolla MK, McGuffog L, Wang Q, Aalfs CM. Identification of ten variants associated with risk of estrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer. Nat Genet. 2017 Dec; 49(12):1767-1778.
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  8. Shieh Y, Hu D, Ma L, Huntsman S, Gard CC, Leung JWT, Tice JA, Ziv E, Kerlikowske K, Cummings SR. Joint relative risks for estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer from a clinical model, polygenic risk score, and sex hormones. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Nov; 166(2):603-612.
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  9. Hoffman JD, Graff RE, Emami NC, Tai CG, Passarelli MN, Hu D, Huntsman S, Hadley D, Leong L, Majumdar A, Zaitlen N, Ziv E, Witte JS. Cis-eQTL-based trans-ethnic meta-analysis reveals novel genes associated with breast cancer risk. PLoS Genet. 2017 Mar; 13(3):e1006690.
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  10. Shieh Y, Eklund M, Madlensky L, Sawyer SD, Thompson CK, Stover Fiscalini A, Ziv E, Van't Veer LJ, Esserman LJ, Tice JA. Breast Cancer Screening in the Precision Medicine Era: Risk-Based Screening in a Population-Based Trial. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2017 01; 109(5).
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  11. Ziv E, Tice JA, Sprague B, Vachon CM, Cummings SR, Kerlikowske K. Using Breast Cancer Risk Associated Polymorphisms to Identify Women for Breast Cancer Chemoprevention. PLoS One. 2017; 12(1):e0168601.
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  12. Kerlikowske K, Gard CC, Tice JA, Ziv E, Cummings SR, Miglioretti DL. Risk Factors That Increase Risk of Estrogen Receptor-Positive and -Negative Breast Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2017 05; 109(5).
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  13. Rand KA, Song C, Dean E, Serie DJ, Curtin K, Sheng X, Hu D, Huff CA, Bernal-Mizrachi L, Tomasson MH, Ailawadhi S, Singhal S, Pawlish K, Peters ES, Bock CH, Stram A, Van Den Berg DJ, Edlund CK, Conti DV, Zimmerman T, Hwang AE, Huntsman S, Graff J, Nooka A, Kong Y, Pregja SL, Berndt SI, Blot WJ, Carpten J, Casey G, Chu L, Diver WR, Stevens VL, Lieber MR, Goodman PJ, Hennis AJ, Hsing AW, Mehta J, Kittles RA, Kolb S, Klein EA, Leske C, Murphy AB, Nemesure B, Neslund-Dudas C, Strom SS, Vij R, Rybicki BA, Stanford JL, Signorello LB, Witte JS, Ambrosone CB, Bhatti P, John EM, Bernstein L, Zheng W, Olshan AF, Hu JJ, Ziegler RG, Nyante SJ, Bandera EV, Birmann BM, Ingles SA, Press MF, Atanackovic D, Glenn MJ, Cannon-Albright LA, Jones B, Tricot G, Martin TG, Kumar SK, Wolf JL, Deming Halverson SL, Rothman N, Brooks-Wilson AR, Rajkumar SV, Kolonel LN, Chanock SJ, Slager SL, Severson RK, Janakiraman N, Terebelo HR, Brown EE, De Roos AJ, Mohrbacher AF, Colditz GA, Giles GG, Spinelli JJ, Chiu BC, Munshi NC, Anderson KC, Levy J, Zonder JA, Orlowski RZ, Lonial S, Camp NJ, Vachon CM, Ziv E, Stram DO, Hazelett DJ, Haiman CA, Cozen W. A Meta-analysis of Multiple Myeloma Risk Regions in African and European Ancestry Populations Identifies Putatively Functional Loci. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 12; 25(12):1609-1618.
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  14. Shieh Y, Hu D, Ma L, Huntsman S, Gard CC, Leung JW, Tice JA, Vachon CM, Cummings SR, Kerlikowske K, Ziv E. Breast cancer risk prediction using a clinical risk model and polygenic risk score. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Oct; 159(3):513-25.
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  15. Roberts JD, Hu D, Heckbert SR, Alonso A, Dewland TA, Vittinghoff E, Liu Y, Psaty BM, Olgin JE, Magnani JW, Huntsman S, Burchard EG, Arking DE, Bibbins-Domingo K, Harris TB, Perez MV, Ziv E, Marcus GM. Genetic Investigation Into the Differential Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Among Black and White Individuals. JAMA Cardiol. 2016 Jul 01; 1(4):442-50.
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  16. Ziv E, Dean E, Hu D, Martino A, Serie D, Curtin K, Campa D, Aftab B, Bracci P, Buda G, Zhao Y, Caswell-Jin J, Diasio R, Dumontet C, Dudzinski M, Fejerman L, Greenberg A, Huntsman S, Jamroziak K, Jurczyszyn A, Kumar S, Atanackovic D, Glenn M, Cannon-Albright LA, Jones B, Lee A, Marques H, Martin T, Martinez-Lopez J, Rajkumar V, Sainz J, Juul Vangsted A, Watek M, Wolf J, Slager S, Camp NJ, Canzian F, Vachon C. Corrigendum: Genome-wide association study identifies variants at 16p13 associated with survival in multiple myeloma patients. Nat Commun. 2015 Dec 09; 6:10203.
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  17. Caswell JL, Camarda R, Zhou AY, Huntsman S, Hu D, Brenner SE, Zaitlen N, Goga A, Ziv E. Multiple breast cancer risk variants are associated with differential transcript isoform expression in tumors. Hum Mol Genet. 2015 Dec 20; 24(25):7421-31.
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  18. Fejerman L, Stern MC, John EM, Torres-Mejía G, Hines LM, Wolff RK, Baumgartner KB, Giuliano AR, Ziv E, Pérez-Stable EJ, Slattery ML. Interaction between common breast cancer susceptibility variants, genetic ancestry, and nongenetic risk factors in Hispanic women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Nov; 24(11):1731-8.
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  19. Ziv E, Dean E, Hu D, Martino A, Serie D, Curtin K, Campa D, Aftab B, Bracci P, Buda G, Zhao Y, Caswell-Jin J, Diasio R, Dumontet C, Dudzinski M, Fejerman L, Greenberg A, Huntsman S, Jamroziak K, Jurczyszyn A, Kumar S, Atanackovic D, Glenn M, Cannon-Albright LA, Jones B, Lee A, Marques H, Martin T, Martinez-Lopez J, Rajkumar V, Sainz J, Vangsted AJ, Watek M, Wolf J, Slager S, Camp NJ, Canzian F, Vachon C. Genome-wide association study identifies variants at 16p13 associated with survival in multiple myeloma patients. Nat Commun. 2015 Jul 22; 6:7539.
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  20. Bull LN, Hu D, Shah S, Temple L, Silva K, Huntsman S, Melgar J, Geiser MT, Sanford U, Ortiz JA, Lee RH, Kusanovic JP, Ziv E, Vargas JE. Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) in U.S. Latinas and Chileans: Clinical features, Ancestry Analysis, and Admixture Mapping. PLoS One. 2015; 10(6):e0131211.
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