Joseph Wiemels, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Graduate Program Membership: BMS
Dr. Wiemels studies the etiology and prevention of childhood leukemia and adult brain cancers. The work is grounded in human epidemiology studies and incorporates genetic, immunologic, and toxicological approaches. Current projects include a genome-wide association study of childhood leukemia comparing Hispanics to Non-Hispanic Whites, the former having a 30% higher risk of the disease. Another project considers the epigenetic patterning of normal pre-B cell differentiation, and genetic and environmental determinants of the aberrations in this process that lead to leukemia. Additional projects in glioma, meningioma, and pancreatic cancer focus on genetic and immunologic factors that enhance risk or impede survival.