Brian Chiu, PhD


  • Cancer etiology and prevention
  • Epidemiologic and molecular studies of hematopoietic cancers, particularly lymphoma and multiple myeloma
  • Environment and lifestyle
  • Racial/ethnic disparities in incidence and survival of hematopoietic cancers


Dr. Chiu's major research interests are the interplay between diet and other lifestyle characteristics, environmental exposures, and genetic factors in the development and outcome of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and multiple myeloma, and exploiting this information in cancer prevention in the population. His current research projects involves integrating epidemiological data with cytogenetic and molecular markers to identify risk factors for NHL among 1,400 NHL cases and 3,200 population-based controls; a prognostic cohort of 772 NHL patients to investigate the influence of lifestyle and host-, tumor-, and treatment-related factors on survival; and evaluating racial/ethnic disparities in the incidence and survival of hematopoietic cancers. Dr. Chiu is a member of the International Lymphoma Epidemiology Consortium (InterLymph) and International Multiple Myeloma Consortium to study risk factors for NHL and multiple myeloma. He is also collaborating with the US National Cancer Institute and a group of international investigators in a multi-center case-control study of lymphoid neoplasms in Eastern Asia.


  • PhD (Epidemiology), 1997, University of Iowa
  • MS (Nutrition), 1992, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • BS (Food Science), 1986, National Pingtung Institute of Agriculture, Taiwan


  • Evens AM and Chiu BC-H. The challenges of epidemiologic research in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (Editorial). JAMA 2008;300:2059-61.
  • Smedby KE, Vajdic CM, Falster M, Engels EA, Martínez-Maza O, Turner J, Hjalgrim H, Vineis P, Costantini AS, Holly E, Bracci P, Roman E, Spinelli J, Maso LD, Zheng T, Becker N, De Sanjosé S, Chiu BC-H, Cocco P, Maynadié M, Foretova L, Staines A, Brennan P, Davis S, Severson R, Cerhan J, Breen EC, Birmann B, Grulich AE, Cozen W. Autoimmune disorders and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a pooled analysis within the Interlymph Consortium. Blood 2008;111:4029-38
  • Chiu BC-H, Lan Q, Dave B, Blair A, Zahm S, Weisenburger DD. The utility of t(14;18) in understanding risk factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2008;39:69-73.
  • Chiu BC-H, Soni LK, Gapstur SM, Fought AJ, Evens AM, Weisenburger DD. Obesity and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (United States). Cancer Causes Control 2007;18:677-85.
  • Chiu BC-H, Dave B, Blair A, Gapstur SM, Chmiel JS, Fought A, Zahm S, Weisenburger DD. Cigarette smoking, familial hematopoietic cancer, hair dyes, and risk of t(14;18)-defined subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Am J Epidemiol 2007;165:652-9.
  • Wang SS, Slager SL, Brennan P, Holly EA, De Sanjose S, Bernstein L, Boffetta P, Cerhan JR, Maynadie M, Spinelli J, Chiu BC-H, Cocco P, Mensah F, Zhang Y, Nieters A, Maso LD, Bracci PM, Costantini AS, Severson RK, Roman E, Cozen W, Weisenburger DD, Davis S, Franceschi S, Vecchia CL, Foretova L, Becker N, Staines A, Vornanen M, Zheng T, Hartge P. Family history of hematopoietic malignancies and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL): a pooled analysis of 10,214 cases and 11,906 controls from the InterLymph consortium. Blood 2007;109:3479-88.
  • Chiu BC-H, Gapstur SM, Greenland P, Dyer A. Body mass index, abnormal glucose metabolism and mortality from hematopoietic cancers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2006;15:2348-54.
  • Chiu BC-H, Dave B, Blair A, Gapstur SM, Zahm S, Weisenburger DD. Agricultural pesticide use and risk of t(14;18)-defined subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Blood 2006;108:1363-9.
  • Chiu BC-H, Kolar C, Gapstur SM, Lawson TA, Anderson JR, Weisenburger DD. Association of NAT and GST polymorphisms with non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a population-based case-control study. Br J Haematol 2005;128:610-5.
  • Gapstur SM, Kopp P, Chiu BC-H, Gann PH, Colangelo LA, Liu K. Longitudinal associations of age, anthropometric and lifestyle factors with serum total IGF-I and IGFBP-3 levels in Black and White men: The CARDIA Male Hormone Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2004;13;2208-16.
  • Chiu BC-H, Cerhan JR, Gapstur SM, Sellers TA, Zheng W, Lutz CT, Wallace RB, Potter JD. Alcohol consumption and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in a cohort of older women. Br J Cancer 1999;80:1476-1482.
  • Chiu BC-H, Cerhan JR, Folsom AR, Sellers TA, Kushi LH, Wallace RB, Potter JD, Zheng W. Diet and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in older women. JAMA 1996;275:1315-21.