Research Summary

Dr. Peggy Reynolds is an epidemiologist with research interests focused on environmental risk factors for cancer. Her research program has incorporated geographic information system tools and studies of biomarkers of exposure and effect to assess risk relationships for children and adults. A founding member and co-investigator for a large prospective study of women, the California Teachers Study, her work has examined a number of factors for risk of cancer and other diseases in women. Dr. Reynolds co-directs the Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core (IHSFC) for UCSF's newly NIEHS funded Environmental Research and Translation for Health (EaRTH) Center, designed to more broadly support and foster environmental health research for students, faculty and extended partners studying extrinsic influences on cancer and other health outcomes.

Research Funding

  • September 20, 2021 - August 31, 2023 - DREAM: Discovering cancer Risks from Environmental contaminants And Maternal/child health , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: UG3CA265845
  • April 4, 2017 - March 31, 2021 - Sleep and Cancer: Evaluation of Risk and Insights into Mechanisms , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01 CA207020
  • February 1, 2016 - January 31, 2021 - Occupational Chemical Exposures in California and Breast Cancer Risk , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: California Breast Cancer Research Program, Sponsor Award ID: 212B0901
  • November 30, 2015 - August 31, 2020 - Innovative Infrastructure to Enhance the California Teachers Study , Co-Investigator . Sponsor: NCI, Sponsor Award ID: U01CA199277


University of California, Santa Cruz, BA, 6/1968, Psychology
University of California, Berkeley, MPH, 6/1978, Behavioral Science
University of California, Berkeley, PhD, 12/1983, Epidemiology

Selected Publications

  1. Cathey AL, Nguyen VK, Colacino JA, Woodruff TJ, Reynolds P, Aung MT. Exploratory profiles of phenols, parabens, and per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances among NHANES study participants in association with previous cancer diagnoses. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2023 Sep 18.  View on PubMed
  2. Huerta D, Schobel T, Alexander-Ozinskas A, Hild J, Lauder J, Reynolds P, Von Behren J, Meltzer D, Ramírez-Andreotta MD. Probabilistic risk assessment of residential exposure to metal(loid)s in a mining impacted community. Sci Total Environ. 2023 May 10; 872:162228.  View on PubMed
  3. Crous-Bou M, Du M, Gunter MJ, Setiawan VW, Schouten LJ, Shu XO, Wentzensen N, Bertrand KA, Cook LS, Friedenreich CM, Gapstur SM, Goodman MT, Ibiebele TI, La Vecchia C, Levi F, Liao LM, Negri E, McCann SE, O'Connell K, Palmer JR, Patel AV, Ponte J, Reynolds P, Sacerdote C, Sinha R, Spurdle AB, Trabert B, van den Brandt PA, Webb PM, Petruzella S, Olson SH, De Vivo I, Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium (E2C2). Coffee consumption and risk of endometrial cancer: a pooled analysis of individual participant data in the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium (E2C2). Am J Clin Nutr. 2022 11; 116(5):1219-1228.  View on PubMed
  4. Richard MA, Yang W, Sok P, Li M, Carmichael SL, von Behren J, Reynolds P, Fisher PG, Collins RT, Hobbs CA, Luke B, Shaw GM, Lupo PJ. Differential newborn DNA methylation among individuals with complex congenital heart defects and childhood lymphoma. Birth Defects Res. 2022 12 01; 114(20):1434-1439.  View on PubMed
  5. English PB, Von Behren J, Balmes JR, Boscardin J, Carpenter C, Goldberg DE, Horiuchi S, Richardson M, Solomon G, Valle J, Reynolds P. Association between long-term exposure to particulate air pollution with SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-19 deaths in California, U.S.A. Environ Adv. 2022 Oct; 9:100270.  View on PubMed
  6. Von Behren J, Wong M, Morales D, Reynolds P, English PB, Solomon G. Returning Individual Tap Water Testing Results to Research Study Participants after a Wildfire Disaster. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 01 14; 19(2).  View on PubMed
  7. DeRouen MC, Canchola AJ, Thompson CA, Jin A, Nie S, Wong C, Lichtensztajn D, Allen L, Patel MI, Daida YG, Luft HS, Shariff-Marco S, Reynolds P, Wakelee HA, Liang SY, Waitzfelder BE, Cheng I, Gomez SL. Incidence of Lung Cancer Among Never-Smoking Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Females. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 01 11; 114(1):78-86.  View on PubMed
  8. Wang SS, Zhong C, Epeldegui M, Nunes S, Magpantay L, DeHart JC, Hurley S, Goldberg D, Martinez E, Lacey JV, Martinez-Maza O, Reynolds P. Host characteristics associated with serologic inflammatory biomarkers in women. Cytokine. 2022 01; 149:155726.  View on PubMed
  9. Wu Y, Huang R, Wang M, Bernstein L, Bethea TN, Chen C, Chen Y, Eliassen AH, Freedman ND, Gaudet MM, Gierach GL, Giles GG, Krogh V, Larsson SC, Liao LM, McCullough ML, Miller AB, Milne RL, Monroe KR, Neuhouser ML, Palmer JR, Prizment A, Reynolds P, Robien K, Rohan TE, Sandin S, Sawada N, Sieri S, Sinha R, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Tsugane S, van den Brandt PA, Visvanathan K, Weiderpass E, Wilkens LR, Willett WC, Wolk A, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Ziegler RG, Smith-Warner SA. Dairy foods, calcium, and risk of breast cancer overall and for subtypes defined by estrogen receptor status: a pooled analysis of 21 cohort studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 2021 08 02; 114(2):450-461.  View on PubMed
  10. Solomon GM, Hurley S, Carpenter C, Young TM, English P, Reynolds P. Fire and Water: Assessing Drinking Water Contamination After a Major Wildfire. ACS ES T Water. 2021 Aug 13; 1(8):1878-1886.  View on PubMed
  11. Beckman S, Silver E, Weinberg JL, Hurley S, Frederick M, Chan J, Reynolds P, Harrison R. Development of a Data Visualization Tool for Occupational Exposure to Chemicals of Concern for Breast Cancer Among California Working Women, 2010-2014. New Solut. 2022 02; 31(4):400-412.  View on PubMed
  12. Ding YC, Hurley S, Park JS, Steele L, Rakoff M, Zhu Y, Zhao J, LaBarge M, Bernstein L, Chen S, Reynolds P, Neuhausen SL. Methylation biomarkers of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and association with breast cancer risk at the time of menopause. Environ Int. 2021 11; 156:106772.  View on PubMed
  13. Madrigal JM, Jones RR, Gunier RB, Whitehead TP, Reynolds P, Metayer C, Ward MH. Residential exposure to carbamate, organophosphate, and pyrethroid insecticides in house dust and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Environ Res. 2021 10; 201:111501.  View on PubMed
  14. DeRouen MC, Thompson CA, Canchola AJ, Jin A, Nie S, Wong C, Jain J, Lichtensztajn DY, Li Y, Allen L, Patel MI, Daida YG, Luft HS, Shariff-Marco S, Reynolds P, Wakelee HA, Liang SY, Waitzfelder BE, Cheng I, Gomez SL. Integrating Electronic Health Record, Cancer Registry, and Geospatial Data to Study Lung Cancer in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Ethnic Groups. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 08; 30(8):1506-1516.  View on PubMed
  15. Von Behren J, Hurley S, Goldberg D, Clague DeHart J, Wang SS, Reynolds P. Chronotype and risk of post-menopausal endometrial cancer in the California Teachers Study. Chronobiol Int. 2021 08; 38(8):1151-1161.  View on PubMed
  16. Reynolds P, Canchola AJ, Duffy CN, Hurley S, Neuhausen SL, Horn-Ross PL, Rull RP. Urinary cadmium and timing of menarche and pubertal development in girls. Environ Res. 2020 04; 183:109224.  View on PubMed
  17. Lee E, Kinninger A, Ursin G, Tseng C, Hurley S, Wang M, Wang Y, Park JS, Petreas M, Deapen D, Reynolds P. Serum Levels of Commonly Detected Persistent Organic Pollutants and Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) and Mammographic Density in Postmenopausal Women. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 01 17; 17(2).  View on PubMed
  18. Lee E, Doanvo N, Lee M, Soe Z, Lee AW, Van Doan C, Deapen D, Ursin G, Spicer D, Reynolds P, Wu AH. Immigration history, lifestyle characteristics, and breast density in the Vietnamese American Women's Health Study: a cross-sectional analysis. Cancer Causes Control. 2020 Feb; 31(2):127-138.  View on PubMed
  19. Varshavsky JR, Morello-Frosch R, Harwani S, Snider M, Petropoulou SE, Park JS, Petreas M, Reynolds P, Nguyen T, Quach T. A Pilot Biomonitoring Study of Cumulative Phthalates Exposure among Vietnamese American Nail Salon Workers. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 01 02; 17(1).  View on PubMed
  20. Hurley S, Goldberg D, Von Behren J, Clague DeHart J, Wang S, Reynolds P. Chronotype and postmenopausal breast cancer risk among women in the California Teachers Study. Chronobiol Int. 2019 11; 36(11):1504-1514.  View on PubMed

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