Gabriel Lai, Ph.D.
Program Director, Cohorts and Consortia Team, Office of the Associate Director

Gabriel Lai

Address:
National Institutes of Health
National Cancer Institute
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E126, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)

Interest Areas

  • Lifestyle factors such as diet, obesity, diabetes, and energy metabolism that relate to cancer risk and etiology and contribute to disparities in the U.S. and other countries

Degrees

  • Ph.D. - Epidemiology
    Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • M.H.S. – Epidemiology
    Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • B.A. - Psychology and Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Biography

Dr. Gabriel Lai is a Program Director working with the Cohorts and Consortia Team in the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program's (EGRP) Office of the Associate Director. In this capacity, he will provide leadership of cohort-related activities across EGRP branches and teams, which will include projects with a special focus on minority and underserved populations. He will also be involved in consortia-related projects, such as the Genetic Associations and Mechanisms in Oncology (GAME-ON) initiative and other activities supporting multi-level epidemiology. Dr. Lai's research interests include the role of lifestyle factors such as diet, obesity, diabetes, and energy metabolism that both affect cancer risk and etiology and contribute to disparities in the US and other countries.

Before joining EGRP, Dr. Lai was a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch in NCI's intramural Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. In that position, he developed and conducted research that evaluated diet and energy metabolism with liver and other cancers in large US and international cohort studies, for which he received the NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence in 2011 and 2012.

Publications

Lai GY, Giovannucci EL, Pollak MN, Peskoe SB, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Platz EA. Association of C-peptide and leptin with prostate cancer incidence in the Health Professionals Follow-up StudyExternal Web Site Policy. Cancer Causes Control. 2014 May;25(5):625-32.

Lai GY, Weinstein SJ, Albanes D, Taylor PR, McGlynn KA, Virtamo J, Sinha R, Freedman ND. The association of coffee intake with liver cancer incidence and chronic liver disease mortality in male smokersExternal Web Site Policy. Br J Cancer. 2013 Sep 3;109(5):1344-51.

Lai GY, Park Y, Hartge P, Hollenbeck AR, Freedman ND. The association between self-reported diabetes and cancer incidence in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health StudyExternal Web Site Policy. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Mar;98(3):E497-502.

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