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Habibul Ahsan, MBBS

Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor

Dean, Population and Precision Health

Director, Institute for Population and Precision Health

Director, Chicago Center for Health and Environment

Associate Director of Population Research, Comprehensive Cancer Center



I am Dean for Population and Precision Health and Director of the Institute for Population and Precision Health. Trained in medicine, epidemiology, environmental health and genomics, my research expertise encompasses large-scale population-based studies assessing environmental disease risks and their modifying factors including social, biological and other disparity-related factors. My research interests focus on studying the inter-relationships between environmental and genomic factors in cancer and other diseases and exploiting information on these relationships at a population level in developing and evaluating prevention interventions in humans. Specifically, my research integrates the environmental, nutritional and life-style factors with measures of host factors and modern molecular genomics (involving DNA, RNA and protein variations) to understand the etiology, pathogenesis, prognosis and prevention of cancer and other disorders of national and international public health significance. In addition to applied and translational studies, my research directly addresses environmental health disparity and their prevention avenues. Findings from many of my environmental health studies have had EHS policy implications nationally and internationally. Currently, I lead the only NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Core Center in Chicago. I am leading a large team of scientists to establish a prospective multiethnic cohort in Chicago involving extensive environmental data and a biobank to address health disparity related research questions. As part of these responsibilities, I have built multidisciplinary multi-institutional teams, promoted collaborations, mentored junior and mid-level faculties, and managed large staff and budgets. I serve on numerous national and international panels including a current 4-year term on the NIEHS Advisory Board and a 3-year term on an NAS panel evaluating EPA policy on arsenic.

Columbia University
New York
Postdoc - Epidemiology
1995

University of Western Australia
Australia
MMedSc - Epidemiology
1992

University of Western Australia
Australia
PGDip - Public Health
1990

Institute for Postgraduate Medicine & Research, Dhaka University
Bangladesh
MBBS(MD) - Medicine
1988

Erratum: "Rare, protein-altering variants in AS3MT and arsenic metabolism efficiency: a multi-population association study".
Delgado DA, Chernoff M, Huang L, Tong L, Chen L, Jasmine F, Shinkle J, Cole SA, Haack K, Kent J, Umans J, Best LG, Nelson H, Vander Griend D, Graziano J, Kibriya MG, Navas-Acien A, Karagas MR, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. Erratum: "Rare, protein-altering variants in AS3MT and arsenic metabolism efficiency: a multi-population association study". Environ Health Perspect. 2021 May; 129(5):59003.
PMID: 34038222

Household biomass fuel use is associated with chronic childhood malnutrition: Result from a nationwide cross-sectional survey in Bangladesh.
Ahmed S, Ibrahimou B, Kader SB, Chowdhury MAH, Ahsan H, Yunus M. Household biomass fuel use is associated with chronic childhood malnutrition: Result from a nationwide cross-sectional survey in Bangladesh. Indoor Air. 2021 Apr 29.
PMID: 33913211

Autophagy of the m6A mRNA demethylase FTO is impaired by low-level arsenic exposure to promote tumorigenesis.
Cui YH, Yang S, Wei J, Shea CR, Zhong W, Wang F, Shah P, Kibriya MG, Cui X, Ahsan H, He C, He YY. Autophagy of the m6A mRNA demethylase FTO is impaired by low-level arsenic exposure to promote tumorigenesis. Nat Commun. 2021 04 12; 12(1):2183.
PMID: 33846348

Rare, Protein-Altering Variants in AS3MT and Arsenic Metabolism Efficiency: A Multi-Population Association Study.
Delgado DA, Chernoff M, Huang L, Tong L, Chen L, Jasmine F, Shinkle J, Cole SA, Haack K, Kent J, Umans J, Best LG, Nelson H, Griend DV, Graziano J, Kibriya MG, Navas-Acien A, Karagas MR, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. Rare, Protein-Altering Variants in AS3MT and Arsenic Metabolism Efficiency: A Multi-Population Association Study. Environ Health Perspect. 2021 Apr; 129(4):47007.
PMID: 33826413

Exposure to household air pollutants and endothelial dysfunction in rural Bangladesh: A cross-sectional study.
Shahriar MH, Chowdhury MAH, Ahmed S, Eunus M, Kader SB, Begum BA, Islam T, Sarwar G, Al Shams R, Raqib R, Alam DS, Parvez F, Ahsan H, Yunus M. Exposure to household air pollutants and endothelial dysfunction in rural Bangladesh: A cross-sectional study. Environ Epidemiol. 2021 Apr; 5(2):e132.
PMID: 33870008

Exposure to metal mixtures in relation to blood pressure among children 5-7 years old: An observational study in Bangladesh.
Shih YH, Howe CG, Scannell Bryan M, Shahriar M, Kibriya MG, Jasmine F, Sarwar G, Graziano JH, Persky VW, Jackson B, Ahsan H, Farzan SF, Argos M. Exposure to metal mixtures in relation to blood pressure among children 5-7 years old: An observational study in Bangladesh. Environ Epidemiol. 2021 Apr; 5(2):e135.
PMID: 33778363

Cohort profile: the ChicagO Multiethnic Prevention and Surveillance Study (COMPASS).
Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Kibriya MG, Jasmine F, Stepniak L, Gopalakrishnan R, Craver A, Zakin P, Tasmin S, Kim KE, Goss KH, List M, LeBeau M, Ahsan H. Cohort profile: the ChicagO Multiethnic Prevention and Surveillance Study (COMPASS). BMJ Open. 2020 09 16; 10(9):e038481.
PMID: 32938600

Determinants of telomere length across human tissues.
Demanelis K, Jasmine F, Chen LS, Chernoff M, Tong L, Delgado D, Zhang C, Shinkle J, Sabarinathan M, Lin H, Ramirez E, Oliva M, Kim-Hellmuth S, Stranger BE, Lai TP, Aviv A, Ardlie KG, Aguet F, Ahsan H. Determinants of telomere length across human tissues. Science. 2020 09 11; 369(6509).
PMID: 32913074

Gravidity, parity, blood pressure and mortality among women in Bangladesh from the HEALS cohort.
Shih YH, Scannell Bryan M, Parvez F, Uesugi KH, Shahriar M, Ahmed A, Islam T, Ahsan H, Argos M. Gravidity, parity, blood pressure and mortality among women in Bangladesh from the HEALS cohort. BMJ Open. 2020 08 26; 10(8):e037244.
PMID: 32847913

Tobacco and marijuana use and their association with serum prostate-specific antigen levels among African American men in Chicago.
Press DJ, Pierce B, Lauderdale DS, Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Lin Gomez S, Hedeker D, Wright NE, Fantus RJ, Bettencourt L, Ahsan H, Eggener S. Tobacco and marijuana use and their association with serum prostate-specific antigen levels among African American men in Chicago. Prev Med Rep. 2020 Dec; 20:101174.
PMID: 33088675

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Member
ASCO Annual Meeting Planning Committee
2015 - 2017

Member
NAEHSC-National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council (NIEHS Council)
2015 - 2019

Member
NAS Scientific Panel on Toxicological Assessment of Arsenic
2012 - 2016

Associate Editor
Genetic Epidemiology
2006 - 2011