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

  • 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
  • September 30, 2015 - June 30, 2020 - Menopausal Transition – a Window of Susceptibility for the Promotion of Breast Cancer, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIEHS/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: U01 ES026137


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. 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 Jun 14; 111501.  View on PubMed
  2. 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 May 17.  View on PubMed
  3. 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 May 08.  View on PubMed
  4. 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 Apr 27; 1-11.  View on PubMed
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Von Behren J, Liu R, Sellen J, Duffy CN, Gajek R, Choe KY, DeGuzman J, Janes MK, Hild J, Reynolds P. Heavy Metals in California Women Living in a Gold Mining-Impacted Community. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 06 26; 16(13).  View on PubMed
  11. Hurley S, Goldberg D, Park JS, Petreas M, Bernstein L, Anton-Culver H, Neuhausen SL, Nelson DO, Reynolds P. A breast cancer case-control study of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) serum levels among California women. Environ Int. 2019 06; 127:412-419.  View on PubMed
  12. Jiang L, Chang J, Ziogas A, Deapen D, Reynolds P, Bernstein L, Anton-Culver H. Secondhand smoke, obesity, and risk of type II diabetes among California teachers. Ann Epidemiol. 2019 04; 32:35-42.  View on PubMed
  13. Hurley S, Goldberg D, Wang M, Park JS, Petreas M, Bernstein L, Anton-Culver H, Nelson DO, Reynolds P. Breast cancer risk and serum levels of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances: a case-control study nested in the California Teachers Study. Environ Health. 2018 11 27; 17(1):83.  View on PubMed
  14. Collins RT, Von Behren J, Yang W, Carmichael SL, Reynolds P, Fisher PG, Shaw GM. Congenital heart disease complexity and childhood cancer risk. Birth Defects Res. 2018 10 16; 110(17):1314-1321.  View on PubMed
  15. Quach T, Von Behren J, Nelson DO, Nguyen TN, Tsoh J, Le M, Fu L, Beckman S, Reynolds P. Evaluating an owner-to-worker training intervention in California nail salons using personal air monitoring. Am J Ind Med. 2018 10; 61(10):831-841.  View on PubMed
  16. Hurley S, Goldberg D, Wang M, Park JS, Petreas M, Bernstein L, Anton-Culver H, Nelson DO, Reynolds P. Time Trends in Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in California Women: Declining Serum Levels, 2011-2015. Environ Sci Technol. 2018 01 02; 52(1):277-287.  View on PubMed
  17. Marcotte EL, Druley TE, Johnson KJ, Richardson M, von Behren J, Mueller BA, Carozza S, McLaughlin C, Chow EJ, Reynolds P, Spector LG. Parental Age and Risk of Infant Leukaemia: A Pooled Analysis. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2017 11; 31(6):563-572.  View on PubMed
  18. Lacson JCA, Ma H, Lee E, Neuhausen SL, Anton-Culver H, Reynolds P, Nelson DO, Ziogas A, Van Den Berg D, Deapen DM, Bernstein L, Schumacher FR. Genome-Wide Testing of Exonic Variants and Breast Cancer Risk in the California Teachers Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 09; 26(9):1462-1465.  View on PubMed
  19. Powell MJ, Von Behren J, Neuhausen S, Reynolds P, Benz CC. Functional IGF1R variant predicts breast cancer risk in women with preeclampsia in California Teachers Study. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 Oct; 28(10):1027-1032.  View on PubMed
  20. 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.  View on PubMed

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