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.

Research Funding

  • July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2023 - (8) Genetics of Immune Related Adverse Events and Response to Immunotherapy, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA227466
  • August 9, 2012 - July 31, 2022 - Genetics of mammographic density and breast cancer risk in Latinas, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: K24CA169004
  • September 8, 2014 - August 31, 2019 - Germline and Tumor Genomic Analyses of Breast Cancer in Latinas, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA184585
  • December 15, 2014 - November 30, 2016 - Influence of germ line genetic variation on myeloma progression and survival, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA191896

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

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. Macauda A, Piredda C, Clay-Gilmour AI, Sainz J, Buda G, Markiewicz M, Barington T, Ziv E, Hildebrandt MAT, Belachew AA, Varkonyi J, Prejzner W, Druzd-Sitek A, Spinelli J, Andersen NF, Hofmann JN, DudziNski M, Martinez-Lopez J, Iskierka-Jazdzewska E, Milne RL, Mazur G, Giles GG, Hyldahl Ebbesen L, Rymko M, Jamroziak K, Subocz E, Reis RM, Garcia-Sanz R, Suska A, Kannik Haastrup E, Zawirska D, Grzasko N, Vangsted AJ, Dumontet C, Kruszewski M, Dutka M, Camp NJ, Waller RG, Tomczak W, Pelosini M, RaZny M, Marques H, Abildgaard N, WAtek M, Jurczyszyn A, Brown EE, Berndt S, Butrym A, Vachon CM, Norman AD, Slager SL, Gemignani F, Canzian F, Campa D Expression quantitative trait loci of genes predicting outcome are associated with survival of multiple myeloma patients.  View on PubMed
  2. Graff RE, Cavazos TB, Thai KK, Kachuri L, Rashkin SR, Hoffman JD, Alexeeff SE, Blatchins M, Meyers TJ, Leong L, Tai CG, Emami NC, Corley DA, Kushi LH, Ziv E, Van Den Eeden SK, Jorgenson E, Hoffmann TJ, Habel LA, Witte JS, Sakoda LC Cross-cancer evaluation of polygenic risk scores for 16 cancer types in two large cohorts.  View on PubMed
  3. Sayaman RW, Saad M, Thorsson V, Hu D, Hendrickx W, Roelands J, Porta-Pardo E, Mokrab Y, Farshidfar F, Kirchhoff T, Sweis RF, Bathe OF, Heimann C, Campbell MJ, Stretch C, Huntsman S, Graff RE, Syed N, Radvanyi L, Shelley S, Wolf D, Marincola FM, Ceccarelli M, Galon J, Ziv E, Bedognetti D Germline genetic contribution to the immune landscape of cancer.  View on PubMed
  4. Roelands J, Mall R, Almeer H, Thomas R, Mohamed MG, Bedri S, Al-Bader SB, Junejo K, Ziv E, Sayaman RW, Kuppen PJK, Bedognetti D, Hendrickx W, Decock J Ancestry-associated transcriptomic profiles of breast cancer in patients of African, Arab, and European ancestry.  View on PubMed
  5. Borrell LN, Elhawary JR, Fuentes-Afflick E, Witonsky J, Bhakta N, Wu AHB, Bibbins-Domingo K, Rodríguez-Santana JR, Lenoir MA, Gavin JR, Kittles RA, Zaitlen NA, Wilkes DS, Powe NR, Ziv E, Burchard EG Race and Genetic Ancestry in Medicine - A Time for Reckoning with Racism.  View on PubMed
  6. Spear ML, Diaz-Papkovich A, Ziv E, Yracheta JM, Gravel S, Torgerson DG, Hernandez RD Recent shifts in the genomic ancestry of Mexican Americans may alter the genetic architecture of biomedical traits.  View on PubMed
  7. Kachuri L, Graff RE, Smith-Byrne K, Meyers TJ, Rashkin SR, Ziv E, Witte JS, Johansson M Pan-cancer analysis demonstrates that integrating polygenic risk scores with modifiable risk factors improves risk prediction.  View on PubMed
  8. Zhang C, Ostrom QT, Hansen HM, Gonzalez-Maya J, Hu D, Ziv E, Morimoto L, de Smith AJ, Muskens IS, Kline CN, Vaksman Z, Hakonarson H, Diskin SJ, Kruchko C, Barnholtz-Sloan JS, Ramaswamy V, Ali-Osman F, Bondy ML, Taylor MD, Metayer C, Wiemels JL, Walsh KM European genetic ancestry associated with risk of childhood ependymoma.  View on PubMed
  9. Kachuri L, Francis SS, Morrison ML, Wendt GA, Bossé Y, Cavazos TB, Rashkin SR, Ziv E, Witte JS The landscape of host genetic factors involved in immune response to common viral infections.  View on PubMed
  10. Lee EY, Mak ACY, Hu D, Sajuthi S, White MJ, Keys KL, Eckalbar W, Bonser L, Huntsman S, Urbanek C, Eng C, Jain D, Abecasis G, Kang HM, Germer S, Zody MC, Nickerson DA, Erle D, Ziv E, Rodriguez-Santana J, Seibold MA, Burchard EG Whole-Genome Sequencing Identifies Novel Functional Loci Associated with Lung Function in Puerto Rican Youth.  View on PubMed
  11. Zavala VA, Bracci PM, Carethers JM, Carvajal-Carmona L, Coggins NB, Cruz-Correa MR, Davis M, de Smith AJ, Dutil J, Figueiredo JC, Fox R, Graves KD, Gomez SL, Llera A, Neuhausen SL, Newman L, Nguyen T, Palmer JR, Palmer NR, Pérez-Stable EJ, Piawah S, Rodriquez EJ, Sanabria-Salas MC, Schmit SL, Serrano-Gomez SJ, Stern MC, Weitzel J, Yang JJ, Zabaleta J, Ziv E, Fejerman L Cancer health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities in the United States.  View on PubMed
  12. Rashkin SR, Graff RE, Kachuri L, Thai KK, Alexeeff SE, Blatchins MA, Cavazos TB, Corley DA, Emami NC, Hoffman JD, Jorgenson E, Kushi LH, Meyers TJ, Van Den Eeden SK, Ziv E, Habel LA, Hoffmann TJ, Sakoda LC, Witte JS Pan-cancer study detects genetic risk variants and shared genetic basis in two large cohorts.  View on PubMed
  13. Koga Y, Song H, Chalmers ZR, Newberg J, Kim E, Carrot-Zhang J, Piou D, Polak P, Abdulkadir SA, Ziv E, Meyerson M, Frampton GM, Campbell JD, Huang FW Genomic Profiling of Prostate Cancers from Men with African and European Ancestry.  View on PubMed
  14. Clay-Gilmour AI, Hildebrandt MAT, Brown EE, Hofmann JN, Spinelli JJ, Giles GG, Cozen W, Bhatti P, Wu X, Waller RG, Belachew AA, Robinson DP, Norman AD, Sinnwell JP, Berndt SI, Rajkumar SV, Kumar SK, Chanock SJ, Machiela MJ, Milne RL, Slager SL, Camp NJ, Ziv E, Vachon CM Coinherited genetics of multiple myeloma and its precursor, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance.  View on PubMed
  15. Liu J, Prager-van der Smissen WJC, Collée JM, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Michailidou K, Dennis J, Ahearn TU, Aittomäki K, Ambrosone CB, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova NN, Arndt V, Arnold N, Aronson KJ, Augustinsson A, Auvinen P, Becher H, Beckmann MW, Behrens S, Bermisheva M, Bernstein L, Bogdanova NV, Bogdanova-Markov N, Bojesen SE, Brauch H, Brenner H, Briceno I, Brucker SY, Brüning T, Burwinkel B, Cai Q, Cai H, Campa D, Canzian F, Castelao JE, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Choi JY, Christiaens M, Clarke CL, Couch FJ, Czene K, Daly MB, Devilee P, Dos-Santos-Silva I, Dwek M, Eccles DM, Eliassen AH, Fasching PA, Figueroa J, Flyger H, Fritschi L, Gago-Dominguez M, Gapstur SM, García-Closas M, García-Sáenz JA, Gaudet MM, Giles GG, Goldberg MS, Goldgar DE, Guénel P, Haiman CA, Håkansson N, Hall P, Harrington PA, Hart SN, Hartman M, Hillemanns P, Hopper JL, Hou MF, Hunter DJ, Huo D, Ito H, Iwasaki M, Jakimovska M, Jakubowska A, John EM, Kaaks R, Kang D, Keeman R, Khusnutdinova E, Kim SW, Kraft P, Kristensen VN, Kurian AW, Le Marchand L, Li J, Lindblom A, Lophatananon A, Luben RN, Lubinski J, Mannermaa A, Manoochehri M, Manoukian S, Margolin S, Mariapun S, Matsuo K, Maurer T, Mavroudis D, Meindl A, Menon U, Milne RL, Muir K, Mulligan AM, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Offit K, Olopade OI, Olson JE, Olsson H, Orr N, Park SK, Peterlongo P, Peto J, Plaseska-Karanfilska D, Presneau N, Rack B, Rau-Murthy R, Rennert G, Rennert HS, Rhenius V, Romero A, Ruebner M, Saloustros E, Schmutzler RK, Schneeweiss A, Scott C, Shah M, Shen CY, Shu XO, Simard J, Sohn C, Southey MC, Spinelli JJ, Tamimi RM, Tapper WJ, Teo SH, Terry MB, Torres D, Truong T, Untch M, Vachon CM, van Asperen CJ, Wolk A, Yamaji T, Zheng W, Ziogas A, Ziv E, Torres-Mejía G, Dörk T, Swerdlow AJ, Hamann U, Schmidt MK, Dunning AM, Pharoah PDP, Easton DF, Hooning MJ, Martens JWM, Hollestelle A Germline HOXB13 mutations p.G84E and p.R217C do not confer an increased breast cancer risk.  View on PubMed
  16. Shieh Y, Fejerman L, Lott PC, Marker K, Sawyer SD, Hu D, Huntsman S, Torres J, Echeverry M, Bohórquez ME, Martínez-Chéquer JC, Polanco-Echeverry G, Estrada-Flórez AP, Haiman CA, John EM, Kushi LH, Torres-Mejía G, Vidaurre T, Weitzel JN, Zambrano SC, Carvajal-Carmona LG, Ziv E, Neuhausen SL A Polygenic Risk Score for Breast Cancer in US Latinas and Latin American Women.  View on PubMed
  17. Kachuri L, Francis SS, Morrison M, Wendt GA, Bossé Y, Cavazos TB, Rashkin SR, Ziv E, Witte JS The landscape of host genetic factors involved in infection to common viruses and SARS-CoV-2.  View on PubMed
  18. Carrot-Zhang J, Chambwe N, Damrauer JS, Knijnenburg TA, Robertson AG, Yau C, Zhou W, Berger AC, Huang KL, Newberg JY, Mashl RJ, Romanel A, Sayaman RW, Demichelis F, Felau I, Frampton GM, Han S, Hoadley KA, Kemal A, Laird PW, Lazar AJ, Le X, Oak N, Shen H, Wong CK, Zenklusen JC, Ziv E, Cherniack AD, Beroukhim R Comprehensive Analysis of Genetic Ancestry and Its Molecular Correlates in Cancer.  View on PubMed
  19. Mak ACY, Sajuthi S, Joo J, Xiao S, Sleiman PM, White MJ, Lee EY, Saef B, Hu D, Gui H, Keys KL, Lurmann F, Jain D, Abecasis G, Kang HM, Nickerson DA, Germer S, Zody MC, Winterkorn L, Reeves C, Huntsman S, Eng C, Salazar S, Oh SS, Gilliland FD, Chen Z, Kumar R, Martínez FD, Wu AC, Ziv E, Hakonarson H, Himes BE, Williams LK, Seibold MA, Burchard EG Lung Function in African American Children with Asthma Is Associated with Novel Regulatory Variants of the KIT Ligand KITLG/SCF and Gene-By-Air-Pollution Interaction.  View on PubMed
  20. Marker KM, Zavala VA, Vidaurre T, Lott PC, Vásquez JN, Casavilca-Zambrano S, Calderón M, Abugattas JE, Gómez HL, Fuentes HA, Picoaga RL, Cotrina JM, Neciosup SP, Castañeda CA, Morante Z, Valencia F, Torres J, Echeverry M, Bohórquez ME, Polanco-Echeverry G, Estrada-Florez AP, Serrano-Gómez SJ, Carmona-Valencia JA, Alvarado-Cabrero I, Sanabria-Salas MC, Velez A, Donado J, Song S, Cherry D, Tamayo LI, Huntsman S, Hu D, Ruiz-Cordero R, Balassanian R, Ziv E, Zabaleta J, Carvajal-Carmona L, Fejerman L Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2-Positive Breast Cancer Is Associated with Indigenous American Ancestry in Latin American Women.  View on PubMed

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