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. Ziv E. Systems Biology for Multiplatform Data Integration: An Overview. Methods Mol Biol. 2020; 2055:641-647.
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  2. Shieh Y, Fejerman L, Lott PC, Marker K, Sawyer SD, Hu D, Huntsman S, Torres J, Echeverry M, Bohorquez ME, Martínez-Chéquer JC, Polanco-Echeverry G, Estrada-Florez AP. A polygenic risk score for breast cancer in U.S. Latinas and Latin-American women. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Sep 25.
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  3. Dörk T, Peterlongo P, Mannermaa A, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Dennis J, Ahearn T, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Arndt V, Aronson KJ, Augustinsson A, Freeman LEB, Beckmann MW, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Behrens S, Bermisheva M, Blomqvist C, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen SE, Brauch H, Brenner H, Burwinkel B, Canzian F, Chan TL, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Choi JY, Christiansen H, Clarke CL, Couch FJ, Czene K, Daly MB, Dos-Santos-Silva I, Dwek M, Eccles DM, Ekici AB, Eriksson M, Evans DG, Fasching PA, Figueroa J, Flyger H, Fritschi L, Gabrielson M, Gago-Dominguez M, Gao C, Gapstur SM, García-Closas M, García-Sáenz JA, Gaudet MM, Giles GG, Goldberg MS, Goldgar DE, Guénel P, Haeberle L, Haiman CA, Håkansson N, Hall P, Hamann U, Hartman M, Hauke J, Hein A, Hillemanns P, Hogervorst FBL, Hooning MJ, Hopper JL, Howell T, Huo D, Ito H, Iwasaki M, Jakubowska A, Janni W, John EM, Jung A, Kaaks R, Kang D, Kapoor PM, Khusnutdinova E, Kim SW, Kitahara CM, Koutros S, Kraft P, Kristensen VN, Kwong A, Lambrechts D, Marchand LL, Li J, Lindström S, Linet M, Lo WY, Long J, Lophatananon A, Lubinski J, Manoochehri M, Manoukian S, Margolin S, Martinez E, Matsuo K, Mavroudis D, Meindl A, Menon U, Milne RL, Mohd Taib NA, Muir K, Mulligan AM, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Neven P, Newman WG, Offit K, Olopade OI, Olshan AF, Olson JE, Olsson H, Park SK, Park-Simon TW, Peto J, Plaseska-Karanfilska D, Pohl-Rescigno E, Presneau N, Rack B, Radice P, Rashid MU, Rennert G, Rennert HS, Romero A, Ruebner M, Saloustros E, Schmidt MK, Schmutzler RK, Schneider MO, Schoemaker MJ, Scott C, Shen CY, Shu XO, Simard J, Slager S, Smichkoska S, Southey MC, Spinelli JJ, Stone J, Surowy H, Swerdlow AJ, Tamimi RM, Tapper WJ, Teo SH, Terry MB, Toland AE, Tollenaar RAEM, Torres D, Torres-Mejía G, Troester MA, Truong T, Tsugane S, Untch M, Vachon CM, Ouweland AMWVD, Veen EMV, Vijai J, Wendt C, Wolk A, Yu JC, Zheng W, Ziogas A, Ziv E, Dunning AM, Pharoah PDP, Schindler D, Devilee P, Easton DF. Two truncating variants in FANCC and breast cancer risk. Sci Rep. 2019 Aug 29; 9(1):12524.
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  4. Emami NC, Kachuri L, Meyers TJ, Das R, Hoffman JD, Hoffmann TJ, Hu D, Shan J, Feng FY, Ziv E, Van Den Eeden SK, Witte JS. Author Correction: Association of imputed prostate cancer transcriptome with disease risk reveals novel mechanisms. Nat Commun. 2019 Aug 28; 10(1):3948.
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  5. 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, Mokrab Y, Newman AM, 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 CS, Lazar AJ, Serody JS, Demicco EG, Disis ML, Vincent BG, Shmulevich I. The Immune Landscape of Cancer. Immunity. 2019 Aug 20; 51(2):411-412.
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  6. Voskanian A, Katsonis P, Lichtarge O, Pejaver V, Radivojac P, Mooney SD, Capriotti E, Bromberg Y, Wang Y, Miller M, Martelli PL, Savojardo C, Babbi G, Casadio R, Cao Y, Sun Y, Shen Y, Garg A, Pal D, Yu Y, Huff CD, Tavtigian SV, Young E, Neuhausen SL, Ziv E, Pal LR, Andreoletti G, Brenner SE, Kann MG. Assessing the performance of in silico methods for predicting the pathogenicity of variants in the gene CHEK2, among Hispanic females with breast cancer. Hum Mutat. 2019 Sep; 40(9):1612-1622.
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  7. Emami NC, Kachuri L, Meyers TJ, Das R, Hoffman JD, Hoffmann TJ, Hu D, Shan J, Feng FY, Ziv E, Van Den Eeden SK, Witte JS. Association of imputed prostate cancer transcriptome with disease risk reveals novel mechanisms. Nat Commun. 2019 Jul 15; 10(1):3107.
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  8. Bedognetti D, Ceccarelli M, Galluzzi L, Lu R, Palucka K, Samayoa J, Spranger S, Warren S, Wong KK, Ziv E, Chowell D, Coussens LM, De Carvalho DD, DeNardo DG, Galon J, Kaufman HL, Kirchhoff T, Lotze MT, Luke JJ, Minn AJ, Politi K, Shultz LD, Simon R, Thórsson V, Weidhaas JB, Ascierto ML, Ascierto PA, Barnes JM, Barsan V, Bommareddy PK, Bot A, Church SE, Ciliberto G, De Maria A, Draganov D, Ho WS, McGee HM, Monette A, Murphy JF, Nisticò P, Park W, Patel M, Quigley M, Radvanyi L, Raftopoulos H, Rudqvist NP, Snyder A, Sweis RF, Valpione S, Zappasodi R, Butterfield LH, Disis ML, Fox BA, Cesano A, Marincola FM. Correction to: Toward a comprehensive view of cancer immune responsiveness: a synopsis from the SITC workshop. J Immunother Cancer. 2019 Jul 04; 7(1):167.
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  9. Weitzel JN, Neuhausen SL, Adamson A, Tao S, Ricker C, Maoz A, Rosenblatt M, Nehoray B, Sand S, Steele L, Unzeitig G, Feldman N, Blanco AM, Hu D, Huntsman S, Castillo D, Haiman C, Slavin T, Ziv E. Pathogenic and likely pathogenic variants in PALB2, CHEK2, and other known breast cancer susceptibility genes among 1054 BRCA-negative Hispanics with breast cancer. Cancer. 2019 Aug 15; 125(16):2829-2836.
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  10. Bedognetti D, Ceccarelli M, Galluzzi L, Lu R, Palucka K, Samayoa J, Spranger S, Warren S, Wong KK, Ziv E, Chowell D, Coussens LM, De Carvalho DD, DeNardo DG, Galon J, Kaufman HL, Kirchhoff T, Lotze MT, Luke JJ, Minn AJ, Politi K, Shultz LD, Simon R, Thórsson V, Weidhaas JB, Ascierto ML, Ascierto PA, Barnes JM, Barsan V, Bommareddy PK, Bot A, Church SE, Ciliberto G, De Maria A, Draganov D, Ho WS, McGee HM, Monette A, Murphy JF, Nisticò P, Park W, Patel M, Quigley M, Radvanyi L, Raftopoulos H, Rudqvist NP, Snyder A, Sweis RF, Valpione S, Zappasodi R, Butterfield LH, Disis ML, Fox BA, Cesano A, Marincola FM. Toward a comprehensive view of cancer immune responsiveness: a synopsis from the SITC workshop. J Immunother Cancer. 2019 May 22; 7(1):131.
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  11. Antoniou A, Anton-Culver H, Borowsky A, Broeders M, Brooks J, Chiarelli A, Chiquette J, Cuzick J, Delaloge S, Devilee P, Dorval M, Easton D, Eisen A, Eklund M, Eloy L, Esserman L, Garcia-Closas M, Goldgar D, Hall P, Knoppers BM, Kraft P, La Croix A, Madalensky L, Mavaddat N, Mittman N, Nabi H, Olopade O, Pashayan N, Schmidt M, Shieh Y, Simard J, Stover-Fiscallini A, Tice JA, Van't Veer L, Wenger N, Wolfson M, Yau C, Ziv E. A response to "Personalised medicine and population health: breast and ovarian cancer". Hum Genet. 2019 Mar; 138(3):287-289.
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  12. Hoffman J, Fejerman L, Hu D, Huntsman S, Li M, John EM, Torres-Mejia G, Kushi L, Ding YC, Weitzel J, Neuhausen SL, Lott P, Echeverry M, Carvajal-Carmona L, Burchard E, Eng C, Long J, Zheng W, Olopade O, Huo D, Haiman C, Ziv E. Identification of novel common breast cancer risk variants at the 6q25 locus among Latinas. Breast Cancer Res. 2019 01 14; 21(1):3.
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  13. Nadav Rappoport, Hyojung Paik, Boris Oskotsky, Ruth Tor, Elad Ziv, Noah Zaitlen, Atul J. Butte. Comparing Ethnicity-Specific Reference Intervals for Clinical Laboratory Tests from EHR Data. The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine. 2018 Nov 1; 3(3):366-377.
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  14. Ortega-Olvera C, Ulloa-Aguirre A, Ángeles-Llerenas A, Mainero-Ratchelous FE, González-Acevedo CE, Hernández-Blanco ML, Ziv E, Avilés-Santa L, Pérez-Rodríguez E, Torres-Mejía G. Thyroid hormones and breast cancer association according to menopausal status and body mass index. Breast Cancer Res. 2018 08 09; 20(1):94.
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  15. Wu L, Shi W, Long J, Guo X, Michailidou K, Beesley J, Bolla MK, Shu XO, Lu Y, Cai Q, Al-Ejeh F, Rozali E, Wang Q, Dennis J, Li B, Zeng C, Feng H, Gusev A, Barfield RT, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Arndt V, Aronson KJ, Auer PL, Barrdahl M, Baynes C, Beckmann MW, Benitez J, Bermisheva M, Blomqvist C, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen SE, Brauch H, Brenner H, Brinton L, Broberg P, Brucker SY, Burwinkel B, Caldés T, Canzian F, Carter BD, Castelao JE, Chang-Claude J, Chen X, Cheng TD, Christiansen H, Clarke CL, Collée M, Cornelissen S, Couch FJ, Cox D, Cox A, Cross SS, Cunningham JM, Czene K, Daly MB, Devilee P, Doheny KF, Dörk T, Dos-Santos-Silva I, Dumont M, Dwek M, Eccles DM, Eilber U, Eliassen AH, Engel C, Eriksson M, Fachal L, Fasching PA, Figueroa J, Flesch-Janys D, Fletcher O, Flyger H, Fritschi L, Gabrielson M, Gago-Dominguez M, Gapstur SM, García-Closas M, Gaudet MM, Ghoussaini M, Giles GG, Goldberg MS, Goldgar DE, González-Neira A, Guénel P, Hahnen E, Haiman CA, Håkansson N, Hall P, Hallberg E, Hamann U, Harrington P, Hein A, Hicks B, Hillemanns P, Hollestelle A, Hoover RN, Hopper JL, Huang G, Humphreys K, Hunter DJ, Jakubowska A, Janni W, John EM, Johnson N, Jones K, Jones ME, Jung A, Kaaks R, Kerin MJ, Khusnutdinova E, Kosma VM, Kristensen VN, Lambrechts D, Le Marchand L, Li J, Lindström S, Lissowska J, Lo WY, Loibl S, Lubinski J, Luccarini C, Lux MP, MacInnis RJ, Maishman T, Kostovska IM, Mannermaa A, Manson JE, Margolin S, Mavroudis D, Meijers-Heijboer H, Meindl A, Menon U, Meyer J, Mulligan AM, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Neven P, Nielsen SF, Nordestgaard BG, Olopade OI, Olson JE, Olsson H, Peterlongo P, Peto J, Plaseska-Karanfilska D, Prentice R, Presneau N, Pylkäs K, Rack B, Radice P, Rahman N, Rennert G, Rennert HS, Rhenius V, Romero A, Romm J, Rudolph A, Saloustros E, Sandler DP, Sawyer EJ, Schmidt MK, Schmutzler RK, Schneeweiss A, Scott RJ, Scott CG, Seal S, Shah M, Shrubsole MJ, Smeets A, Southey MC, Spinelli JJ, Stone J, Surowy H, Swerdlow AJ, Tamimi RM, Tapper W, Taylor JA, Terry MB, Tessier DC, Thomas A, Thöne K, Tollenaar RAEM, Torres D, Truong T, Untch M, Vachon C, Van Den Berg D, Vincent D, Waisfisz Q, Weinberg CR, Wendt C, Whittemore AS, Wildiers H, Willett WC, Winqvist R, Wolk A, Xia L, Yang XR, Ziogas A, Ziv E, Dunning AM, Pharoah PDP, Simard J, Milne RL, Edwards SL, Kraft P, Easton DF, Chenevix-Trench G, Zheng W. A transcriptome-wide association study of 229,000 women identifies new candidate susceptibility genes for breast cancer. Nat Genet. 2018 07; 50(7):968-978.
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  16. Mak ACY, 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 06 15; 197(12):1552-1564.
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  17. 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, Mokrab Y, Newman AM, 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 CS, Lazar AJ, Serody JS, Demicco EG, Disis ML, Vincent BG, Shmulevich I. The Immune Landscape of Cancer. Immunity. 2018 04 17; 48(4):812-830.e14.
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  18. 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 04 01; 178(4):494-501.
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  19. 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 01 09; 8(1):226.
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  20. 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 01; 27(1):75-85.
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