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Eric Polley, PhD

Director, Biostatistics Laboratory



Eric Polley, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at The University of Chicago where he is the faculty director for the Data Science concentration in the Master of Public Health program. Dr. Polley was previously an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic (2015-2021) and a mathematical statistician in the Biometric Research Branch at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (2012-2015). Dr. Polley received his PhD in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. With Mark van der Laan, they developed the Super Learner ensemble prediction methodology. His research area involves the development and evaluation of prediction methods, innovative methods for diagnostic and prognostic prediction, and precision medicine clinical trial design.

National Cancer Institute
MD
Fellow - Computational Biology
2012

University of California, Berkeley
CA
PhD - Biostatistics
2010

Columbia University
NY
MS - Biostatistics
2005

Saint John's University
MN
BA - Mathematics
2003

Breast Cancer Screening Strategies for Women With ATM, CHEK2, and PALB2 Pathogenic Variants: A Comparative Modeling Analysis.
Lowry KP, Geuzinge HA, Stout NK, Alagoz O, Hampton J, Kerlikowske K, de Koning HJ, Miglioretti DL, van Ravesteyn NT, Schechter C, Sprague BL, Tosteson ANA, Trentham-Dietz A, Weaver D, Yaffe MJ, Yeh JM, Couch FJ, Hu C, Kraft P, Polley EC, Mandelblatt JS, Kurian AW, Robson ME. Breast Cancer Screening Strategies for Women With ATM, CHEK2, and PALB2 Pathogenic Variants: A Comparative Modeling Analysis. JAMA Oncol. 2022 Feb 17.
PMID: 35175286

Alterations of human skin microbiome and expansion of antimicrobial resistance after systemic antibiotics.
Jo JH, Harkins CP, Schwardt NH, Portillo JA. Alterations of human skin microbiome and expansion of antimicrobial resistance after systemic antibiotics. Sci Transl Med. 2021 12 22; 13(625):eabd8077.
PMID: 34936382

Quantitative Biomarkers for Cancer Detection Using Contrast-Free Ultrasound High-Definition Microvessel Imaging: Fractal Dimension, Murray's Deviation, Bifurcation Angle & Spatial Vascularity Pattern.
Ternifi R, Wang Y, Polley EC, Fazzio RT, Fatemi M, Alizad A. Quantitative Biomarkers for Cancer Detection Using Contrast-Free Ultrasound High-Definition Microvessel Imaging: Fractal Dimension, Murray's Deviation, Bifurcation Angle & Spatial Vascularity Pattern. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2021 12; 40(12):3891-3900.
PMID: 34329160

Germline Pathogenic Variants in Cancer Predisposition Genes Among Women With Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of the Breast.
Yadav S, Hu C, Nathanson KL, Weitzel JN, Goldgar DE, Kraft P, Gnanaolivu RD, Na J, Huang H, Boddicker NJ, Larson N, Gao C, Yao S, Weinberg C, Vachon CM, Trentham-Dietz A, Taylor JA, Sandler DR, Patel A, Palmer JR, Olson JE, Neuhausen S, Martinez E, Lindstrom S, Lacey JV, Kurian AW, John EM, Haiman C, Bernstein L, Auer PW, Anton-Culver H, Ambrosone CB, Karam R, Chao E, Yussuf A, Pesaran T, Dolinsky JS, Hart SN, LaDuca H, Polley EC, Domchek SM, Couch FJ. Germline Pathogenic Variants in Cancer Predisposition Genes Among Women With Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of the Breast. J Clin Oncol. 2021 12 10; 39(35):3918-3926.
PMID: 34672684

Real-world Cardiovascular Outcomes Associated With Degarelix vs Leuprolide for Prostate Cancer Treatment.
Wallach JD, Deng Y, McCoy RG, Dhruva SS, Herrin J, Berkowitz A, Polley EC, Quinto K, Gandotra C, Crown W, Noseworthy P, Yao X, Shah ND, Ross JS, Lyon TD. Real-world Cardiovascular Outcomes Associated With Degarelix vs Leuprolide for Prostate Cancer Treatment. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 10 01; 4(10):e2130587.
PMID: 34677594

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Multigene Hereditary Cancer Panel Test Results for Women With Breast Cancer.
Yadav S, LaDuca H, Polley EC, Hu C, Niguidula N, Shimelis H, Lilyquist J, Na J, Lee KY, Gutierrez S, Yussuf A, Hart SN, Davis BT, Chao EC, Pesaran T, Goldgar DE, Dolinsky JS, Couch FJ. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Multigene Hereditary Cancer Panel Test Results for Women With Breast Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2021 10 01; 113(10):1429-1433.
PMID: 33146377

Risk of Late-Onset Breast Cancer in Genetically Predisposed Women.
Boddicker NJ, Hu C, Weitzel JN, Kraft P, Nathanson KL, Goldgar DE, Na J, Huang H, Gnanaolivu RD, Larson N, Yussuf A, Yao S, Vachon CM, Trentham-Dietz A, Teras L, Taylor JA, Scott CE, Sandler DP, Pesaran T, Patel AV, Palmer JR, Ong IM, Olson JE, O'Brien K, Neuhausen S, Martinez E, Ma H, Lindstrom S, Le Marchand L, Kooperberg C, Karam R, Hunter DJ, Hodge JM, Haiman C, Gaudet MM, Gao C, LaDuca H, Lacey JV, Dolinsky JS, Chao E, Carter BD, Burnside ES, Bertrand KA, Bernstein L, Auer PW, Ambrosone C, Yadav S, Hart SN, Polley EC, Domchek SM, Couch FJ. Risk of Late-Onset Breast Cancer in Genetically Predisposed Women. J Clin Oncol. 2021 11 01; 39(31):3430-3440.
PMID: 34292776

Comparison of the Prevalence of Pathogenic Variants in Cancer Susceptibility Genes in Black Women and Non-Hispanic White Women With Breast Cancer in the United States.
Domchek SM, Yao S, Chen F, Hu C, Hart SN, Goldgar DE, Nathanson KL, Ambrosone CB, Haiman CA, Couch FJ, Polley EC, Palmer JR. Comparison of the Prevalence of Pathogenic Variants in Cancer Susceptibility Genes in Black Women and Non-Hispanic White Women With Breast Cancer in the United States. JAMA Oncol. 2021 07 01; 7(7):1045-1050.
PMID: 34042955

Preserved skeletal muscle oxidative capacity in older adults despite decreased cardiorespiratory fitness with ageing.
Zhang X, Kunz HE, Gries K, Hart CR, Polley EC, Lanza IR. Preserved skeletal muscle oxidative capacity in older adults despite decreased cardiorespiratory fitness with ageing. J Physiol. 2021 07; 599(14):3581-3592.
PMID: 34032280

A molecular pathology, neurobiology, biochemical, genetic and neuroimaging study of progressive apraxia of speech.
Josephs KA, Duffy JR, Clark HM, Utianski RL, Strand EA, Machulda MM, Botha H, Martin PR, Pham NTT, Stierwalt J, Ali F, Buciuc M, Baker M, Fernandez De Castro CH, Spychalla AJ, Schwarz CG, Reid RI, Senjem ML, Jack CR, Lowe VJ, Bigio EH, Reichard RR, Polley EJ, Ertekin-Taner N, Rademakers R, DeTure MA, Ross OA, Dickson DW, Whitwell JL. A molecular pathology, neurobiology, biochemical, genetic and neuroimaging study of progressive apraxia of speech. Nat Commun. 2021 06 08; 12(1):3452.
PMID: 34103532

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NCI Director's award for the development of the NCI-MATCH clinical trial
National Cancer Institute
2015