Research Summary

Dr. Cheng is a 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.

Research Funding

  • February 1, 2020 - November 30, 2024 - Elucidating Lung Cancer Etiology Among Asian American Female Never Smokers, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIMHD, Sponsor Award ID: R01MD014859
  • July 1, 2020 - February 28, 2024 - The Role of 27-hydroxycholesterol in Breast Cancer: A Population-Based Multiethnic Study, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA229815
  • September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2020 - A cohort study of air pollution, lung cancer, and COPD in Los Angeles County, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIEHS, Sponsor Award ID: R01ES026171
  • May 11, 2016 - April 30, 2019 - Lung cancer in never smokers: incidence, risk factors, and molecular characteristics in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanderfemales, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA204070


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

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

  1. Gupta S, Bharti B, Ahnen DJ, Buchanan DD, Cheng IC, Cotterchio M, Figueiredo JC, Gallinger SJ, Haile RW, Jenkins MA, Lindor NM, Macrae FA, Le Marchand L, Newcomb PA, Thibodeau SN, Win AK, Martinez ME Potential impact of family history-based screening guidelines on the detection of early-onset colorectal cancer.  View on PubMed
  2. Schmit SL, Edlund CK, Schumacher FR, Gong J, Harrison TA, Huyghe JR, Qu C, Melas M, Van Den Berg DJ, Wang H, Tring S, Plummer SJ, Albanes D, Alonso MH, Amos CI, Anton K, Aragaki AK, Arndt V, Barry EL, Berndt SI, Bezieau S, Bien S, Bloomer A, Boehm J, Boutron-Ruault MC, Brenner H, Brezina S, Buchanan DD, Butterbach K, Caan BJ, Campbell PT, Carlson CS, Castelao JE, Chan AT, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Cheng I, Cheng YW, Chin LS, Church JM, Church T, Coetzee GA, Cotterchio M, Cruz Correa M, Curtis KR, Duggan D, Easton DF, English D, Feskens EJM, Fischer R, FitzGerald LM, Fortini BK, Fritsche LG, Fuchs CS, Gago-Dominguez M, Gala M, Gallinger SJ, Gauderman WJ, Giles GG, Giovannucci EL, Gogarten SM, Gonzalez-Villalpando C, Gonzalez-Villalpando EM, Grady WM, Greenson JK, Gsur A, Gunter M, Haiman CA, Hampe J, Harlid S, Harju JF, Hayes RB, Hofer P, Hoffmeister M, Hopper JL, Huang SC, Huerta JM, Hudson TJ, Hunter DJ, Idos GE, Iwasaki M, Jackson RD, Jacobs EJ, Jee SH, Jenkins MA, Jia WH, Jiao S, Joshi AD, Kolonel LN, Kono S, Kooperberg C, Krogh V, Kuehn T, Küry S, LaCroix A, Laurie CA, Lejbkowicz F, Lemire M, Lenz HJ, Levine D, Li CI, Li L, Lieb W, Lin Y, Lindor NM, Liu YR, Loupakis F, Lu Y, Luh F, Ma J, Mancao C, Manion FJ, Markowitz SD, Martin V, Matsuda K, Matsuo K, McDonnell KJ, McNeil CE, Milne R, Molina AJ, Mukherjee B, Murphy N, Newcomb PA, Offit K, Omichessan H, Palli D, Cotoré JPP, Pérez-Mayoral J, Pharoah PD, Potter JD, Qu C, Raskin L, Rennert G, Rennert HS, Riggs BM, Schafmayer C, Schoen RE, Sellers TA, Seminara D, Severi G, Shi W, Shibata D, Shu XO, Siegel EM, Slattery ML, Southey M, Stadler ZK, Stern MC, Stintzing S, Taverna D, Thibodeau SN, Thomas DC, Trichopoulou A, Tsugane S, Ulrich CM, van Duijnhoven FJB, van Guelpan B, Vijai J, Virtamo J, Weinstein SJ, White E, Win AK, Wolk A, Woods M, Wu AH, Wu K, Xiang YB, Yen Y, Zanke BW, Zeng YX, Zhang B, Zubair N, Kweon SS, Figueiredo JC, Zheng W, Marchand LL, Lindblom A, Moreno V, Peters U, Casey G, Hsu L, Conti DV, Gruber SB Novel Common Genetic Susceptibility Loci for Colorectal Cancer.  View on PubMed
  3. Lim U, Monroe KR, Buchthal S, Fan B, Cheng I, Kristal BS, Lampe JW, Hullar MA, Franke AA, Stram DO, Wilkens LR, Shepherd J, Ernst T, Le Marchand L Propensity for Intra-abdominal and Hepatic Adiposity Varies Among Ethnic Groups.  View on PubMed
  4. Lichtensztajn DY, Leppert JT, Brooks JD, Shah SA, Sieh W, Chung BI, Gomez SL, Cheng I Undertreatment of High-Risk Localized Prostate Cancer in the California Latino Population.  View on PubMed
  5. Fu BC, Randolph TW, Lim U, Monroe KR, Cheng I, Wilkens LR, Le Marchand L, Lampe JW, Hullar MAJ Temporal Variability and Stability of the Fecal Microbiome: The Multiethnic Cohort Study.  View on PubMed
  6. DeRouen MC, Schupp CW, Yang J, Koo J, Hertz A, Shariff-Marco S, Cockburn M, Nelson DO, Ingles SA, Cheng I, John EM, Gomez SL Impact of individual and neighborhood factors on socioeconomic disparities in localized and advanced prostate cancer risk.  View on PubMed
  7. Ellis L, Abrahão R, McKinley M, Yang J, Somsouk M, Marchand LL, Cheng I, Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S Colorectal Cancer Incidence Trends by Age, Stage, and Racial/Ethnic Group in California, 1990-2014.  View on PubMed
  8. Kocarnik JM, Richard M, Graff M, Haessler J, Bien S, Carlson C, Carty CL, Reiner AP, Avery CL, Ballantyne CM, LaCroix AZ, Assimes TL, Barbalic M, Pankratz N, Tang W, Tao R, Chen D, Talavera GA, Daviglus ML, Chirinos-Medina DA, Pereira R, Nishimura K, Bužková P, Best LG, Ambite JL, Cheng I, Crawford DC, Hindorff LA, Fornage M, Heiss G, North KE, Haiman CA, Peters U, Le Marchand L, Kooperberg C Discovery, fine-mapping, and conditional analyses of genetic variants associated with C-reactive protein in multiethnic populations using the Metabochip in the Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) study.  View on PubMed
  9. Von Behren J, Abrahão R, Goldberg D, Gomez SL, Setiawan VW, Cheng I The influence of neighborhood socioeconomic status and ethnic enclave on endometrial cancer mortality among Hispanics and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in California.  View on PubMed
  10. Berry MF, Canchola AJ, Gensheimer MF, Gomez SL, Cheng I Factors Associated With Treatment of Clinical Stage I Non-Small-cell Lung Cancer: A Population-based Analysis.  View on PubMed
  11. DeRouen MC, Hu L, McKinley M, Gali K, Patel M, Clarke C, Wakelee H, Haile R, Gomez SL, Cheng I Incidence of lung cancer histologic cell-types according to neighborhood factors: A population based study in California.  View on PubMed
  12. Khairy M, Duong DK, Shariff-Marco S, Cheng I, Jain J, Balakrishnan A, Liu L, Gupta A, Chandramouli R, Hsing A, Leung A, Singh B, Nair VS An Analysis of Lung Cancer Screening Beliefs and Practice Patterns for Community Providers Compared to Academic Providers.  View on PubMed
  13. Conroy SM, Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, Hertz A, Cockburn M, Shvetsov YB, Clarke CA, Abright CL, Haiman CA, Le Marchand L, Kolonel LN, Monroe KR, Wilkens LR, Gomez SL, Cheng I Characterizing the neighborhood obesogenic environment in the Multiethnic Cohort: a multi-level infrastructure for cancer health disparities research.  View on PubMed
  14. Canchola AJ, Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, Albright C, Hertz A, Park SY, Shvetsov YB, Monroe KR, Le Marchand L, Gomez SL, Wilkens LR, Cheng I Association between the neighborhood obesogenic environment and colorectal cancer risk in the Multiethnic Cohort.  View on PubMed
  15. Han SS, Rivera GA, Tammemägi MC, Plevritis SK, Gomez SL, Cheng I, Wakelee HA Risk Stratification for Second Primary Lung Cancer.  View on PubMed
  16. Park SL, Cheng I, Haiman CA Genome-Wide Association Studies of Cancer in Diverse Populations.  View on PubMed
  17. Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, Cheng I, Reynolds P Impact of the environment on cancer: Seeing the forest for the trees.  View on PubMed
  18. Jacobs S, Kroeger J, Schulze MB, Frank LK, Franke AA, Cheng I, Monroe KR, Haiman CA, Kolonel LN, Wilkens LR, Le Marchand L, Boushey CJ, Maskarinec G Dietary Patterns Derived by Reduced Rank Regression Are Inversely Associated with Type 2 Diabetes Risk across 5 Ethnic Groups in the Multiethnic Cohort.  View on PubMed
  19. Gomez SL, Von Behren J, McKinley M, Clarke CA, Shariff-Marco S, Cheng I, Reynolds P, Glaser SL Breast cancer in Asian Americans in California, 1988-2013: increasing incidence trends and recent data on breast cancer subtypes.  View on PubMed
  20. Patel MI, McKinley M, Cheng I, Haile R, Wakelee H, Gomez SL Lung cancer incidence trends in California by race/ethnicity, histology, sex, and neighborhood socioeconomic status: An analysis spanning 28 years.  View on PubMed

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