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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

Developing an algorithm across integrated healthcare systems to identify a history of cancer using electronic medical records.
Gander JC, Maiyani M, White LL, Sterrett AT, Güney B, Pawloski PA, DeFor T, Olsen Y, Rybicki BA, Neslund-Dudas C, Sheth D, Krajenta R, Purushothaman D, Honda S, Yonehara C, Goddard KAB, Prado YK, Ahsan H, Kibriya MG, Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Chan CH, Hague S, Clarke CL, Thompson B, Sawyer J, Gaudet MM, Feigelson HS. Developing an algorithm across integrated healthcare systems to identify a history of cancer using electronic medical records. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2022 Mar 29.
PMID: 35348718

Association between body mass index and oesophageal cancer mortality: a pooled analysis of prospective cohort studies with >800?000 individuals in the Asia Cohort Consortium.
Lee S, Jang J, Abe SK, Rahman S, Saito E, Islam R, Gupta PC, Sawada N, Tamakoshi A, Shu XO, Koh WP, Sadakane A, Tsuji I, Kim J, Oze I, Nagata C, You SL, Shin MH, Pednekar MS, Tsugane S, Cai H, Yuan JM, Wen W, Ozasa K, Matsuyama S, Kanemura S, Shin A, Ito H, Wada K, Sugawara Y, Chen CJ, Ahn YO, Chen Y, Ahsan H, Boffetta P, Chia KS, Matsuo K, Qiao YL, Rothman N, Zheng W, Inoue M, Kang D, Park SK. Association between body mass index and oesophageal cancer mortality: a pooled analysis of prospective cohort studies with >800?000 individuals in the Asia Cohort Consortium. Int J Epidemiol. 2022 Mar 01.
PMID: 35229874

Association of household air pollution with cellular and humoral immune responses among women in rural Bangladesh.
Raqib R, Akhtar E, Sultana T, Ahmed S, Chowdhury MAH, Shahriar MH, Kader SB, Eunus M, Haq MA, Sarwar G, Islam T, Alam DS, Parvez F, Begum BA, Ahsan H, Yunus M. Association of household air pollution with cellular and humoral immune responses among women in rural Bangladesh. Environ Pollut. 2022 Apr 15; 299:118892.
PMID: 35077836

Cancer Screening Differences Among Muslims and Non-Muslims: Insights from the Chicago Multiethnic Prevention and Surveillance Study.
Majeed AM, Khan ZA, Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H, Padela AI. Cancer Screening Differences Among Muslims and Non-Muslims: Insights from the Chicago Multiethnic Prevention and Surveillance Study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2022 Jan 14.
PMID: 35028902

Body Mass Index and Thyroid Cancer Risk: A Pooled Analysis of Half a Million Men and Women in the Asia Cohort Consortium.
Shin A, Cho S, Jang D, Abe SK, Saito E, Rahman MS, Islam MR, Sawada N, Shu XO, Koh WP, Sadakane A, Tsuji I, Sugawara Y, Ito H, Nagata C, Park SK, Yuan JM, Kim J, Tsugane S, Cai H, Wen W, Ozasa K, Matsuyama S, Kanemura S, Oze I, Wada K, Wang R, Yoo KY, Potter JD, Ahsan H, Boffetta P, Chia KS, Matsuo K, Qiao YL, Rothman N, Zheng W, Inoue M, Kang D. Body Mass Index and Thyroid Cancer Risk: A Pooled Analysis of Half a Million Men and Women in the Asia Cohort Consortium. Thyroid. 2022 Mar; 32(3):306-314.
PMID: 34915752

Arsenic exposure from drinking water and endothelial dysfunction in Bangladeshi adolescents.
Farzan SF, Eunus HM, Haque SE, Sarwar G, Hasan AR, Wu F, Islam T, Ahmed A, Shahriar M, Jasmine F, Kibriya MG, Parvez F, Karagas MR, Chen Y, Ahsan H. Arsenic exposure from drinking water and endothelial dysfunction in Bangladeshi adolescents. Environ Res. 2022 05 15; 208:112697.
PMID: 35007543

Body mass index and thyroid cancer risk - A pooled analysis of half a million men and women in the Asia Cohort Consortium.
Shin A, Cho S, Jang D, Abe SK, Saito E, Rahman MS, Islam MR, Sawada N, Shu XO, Koh WP, Sadakane A, Tsuji I, Sugawara Y, Ito H, Nagata C, Park SK, Yuan JM, Kim J, Tsugane S, Cai H, Wen W, Ozasa K, Matsuyama S, Kanemura S, Oze I, Wada K, Wang R, Yoo KY, Potter J, Ahsan H, Boffetta P, Chia KS, Qiao YL, Matsuo K, Rothman N, Zheng W, Inoue M, Kang D. Body mass index and thyroid cancer risk - A pooled analysis of half a million men and women in the Asia Cohort Consortium. Thyroid. 2021 Dec 16.
PMID: 34915752

A mass-balance model to assess arsenic exposure from multiple wells in Bangladesh.
Huhmann LB, Harvey CF, Navas-Acien A, Graziano J, Slavkovich V, Chen Y, Argos M, Ahsan H, van Geen A. A mass-balance model to assess arsenic exposure from multiple wells in Bangladesh. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 Oct 08.
PMID: 34625714

Interaction between Microsatellite Instability (MSI) and Tumor DNA Methylation in the Pathogenesis of Colorectal Carcinoma.
Jasmine F, Haq Z, Kamal M, Raza M, da Silva G, Gorospe K, Paul R, Strzempek P, Ahsan H, Kibriya MG. Interaction between Microsatellite Instability (MSI) and Tumor DNA Methylation in the Pathogenesis of Colorectal Carcinoma. Cancers (Basel). 2021 Oct 01; 13(19).
PMID: 34638440

Large-scale cis- and trans-eQTL analyses identify thousands of genetic loci and polygenic scores that regulate blood gene expression.
Võsa U, Claringbould A, Westra HJ, Bonder MJ, Deelen P, Zeng B, Kirsten H, Saha A, Kreuzhuber R, Yazar S, Brugge H, Oelen R, de Vries DH, van der Wijst MGP, Kasela S, Pervjakova N, Alves I, Favé MJ, Agbessi M, Christiansen MW, Jansen R, Seppälä I, Tong L, Teumer A, Schramm K, Hemani G, Verlouw J, Yaghootkar H, Sönmez Flitman R, Brown A, Kukushkina V, Kalnapenkis A, Rüeger S, Porcu E, Kronberg J, Kettunen J, Lee B, Zhang F, Qi T, Hernandez JA, Arindrarto W, Beutner F. Large-scale cis- and trans-eQTL analyses identify thousands of genetic loci and polygenic scores that regulate blood gene expression. Nat Genet. 2021 09; 53(9):1300-1310.
PMID: 34475573

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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