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

  1. 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. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Feb 01; 111(2):146-157.
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  2. 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. Gastroenterology. 2019 03; 156(4):966-975.e10.
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  3. 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. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018 11; 16(11):1353-1360.
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  4. 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. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 01; 28(1):154-162.
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  5. 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. Cancer Causes Control. 2018 Oct; 29(10):951-966.
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  6. 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. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 09; 27(9):1011-1018.
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  7. 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. Hum Mol Genet. 2018 08 15; 27(16):2940-2953.
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  8. 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. Cancer Causes Control. 2018 Sep; 29(9):875-881.
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  9. 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. Clin Lung Cancer. 2018 09; 19(5):e745-e758.
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  10. 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. PLoS One. 2018; 13(5):e0197146.
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  11. 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. Cancer Control. 2018 Jan-Dec; 25(1):1073274818806900.
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  12. 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. Cancer Causes Control. 2018 01; 29(1):167-183.
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  13. 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. Cancer Epidemiol. 2017 10; 50(Pt A):99-106.
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  14. Han SS, Rivera GA, Tammemägi MC, Plevritis SK, Gomez SL, Cheng I, Wakelee HA. Risk Stratification for Second Primary Lung Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Sep 01; 35(25):2893-2899.
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  15. Park SL, Cheng I, Haiman CA. Genome-Wide Association Studies of Cancer in Diverse Populations. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 04; 27(4):405-417.
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  16. Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, Cheng I, Reynolds P. Impact of the environment on cancer: Seeing the forest for the trees. Cancer. 2017 08 01; 123(15):2796-2797.
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  17. 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. Curr Dev Nutr. 2017 May; 1(5):e000620.
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  18. 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. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Jul; 164(1):139-147.
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  19. 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. Lung Cancer. 2017 06; 108:140-149.
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  20. Conroy SM, Clarke CA, Yang J, Shariff-Marco S, Shvetsov YB, Park SY, Albright CL, Hertz A, Monroe KR, Kolonel LN, Marchand LL, Wilkens LR, Gomez SL, Cheng I. Contextual Impact of Neighborhood Obesogenic Factors on Postmenopausal Breast Cancer: The Multiethnic Cohort. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 04; 26(4):480-489.
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