Armen Ghazarian, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director, Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Contact Information

Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E574, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)

Interest Areas

  • Cancer and environmental epidemiology
  • Gene-environment interactions
  • Endocrine disrupting chemicals
  • Social determinants of health
  • Geospatial approaches in cancer epidemiology


  • Ph.D. – Epidemiology
    The George Washington University
  • M.P.H. – Epidemiology
    University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.S. – Biological Sciences
    University of Maryland, College Park


Dr. Armen Ghazarian is a Program Director in the Environmental Epidemiology Branch (EEB)—formerly the Modifiable Risk Factors Branch (MRFB)—of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). His responsibilities include overseeing a research portfolio of grants and initiatives related to the social drivers of cancer risk as well as geospatial, multilevel, and contextual approaches across the cancer continuum and endogenous/exogenous hormones and cancer risk. Consequently, he is involved with a DCCPS interest group engaged in efforts to identify opportunities to expand geospatial approaches in cancer control and population sciences. He also has a strong interest in hormonal pathways of cancer risk (with an emphasis on male cancers) and modifiable cancer risk factors including endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Before joining EGRP in 2017, Dr. Ghazarian was a predoctoral fellow in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch of NCI's intramural Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). In this position, he researched the Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome, a compilation of male reproductive disorders (including testicular cancer) thought to initiate in early fetal life.

Dr. Ghazarian first joined NCI in 2010 as a summer fellow in DCCPS' Surveillance Research Program. He then completed a two-year Cancer Research Training Award fellowship in EGRP's MRFB, where he worked on studies relating to gene and environment interactions, indoor air pollution, and exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals.


Ghazarian AA, Kelly SP, Altekruse SF, Rosenberg PS, McGlynn KA. Future of testicular germ cell tumor incidence in the United State: Forecast through 2026. Cancer. 2017 Feb 27 [Epub ahead of print].

Ghazarian AA, Trabert B, Devesa SS, McGlynn KA. Recent trends in the incidence of testicular germ cell tumors in the United States. Andrology. 2015 Jan;121(23):4181-9.

Simonds NI, Ghazarian AA, Pimentel CB, Schully SD, Ellison GL, Gillanders EM, Mechanic LE. Review of the Gene-Environment Interaction Literature in Cancer: What Do We Know? Genet Epidemiol. 2016 Jul;40(5):356-65.

Ghazarian AA, Trabert B, Graubard BI, Schwartz SM, Altekruse SF, McGlynn KA. Incidence of testicular germ cell tumors among US men by census region. Cancer. 2015 Dec 1;121(23):4181-9.

McGuinn LA, Ghazarian AA, Joseph Su L, Ellison GL. Urinary bisphenol A and age at menarche among adolescent girls: evidence from NHANES 2003-2010. Environ Res. 2015 Jan;136:381-6.

Ghazarian AA, Murphy MA, Khan MR, Saksvig BI, Altekruse SF. Area-level attributes and esophageal adenocarcinoma in surveillance, epidemiology and end results registries. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 11;8(11):e81613.

Ghazarian AA, Simonds NI, Bennett K, Pimentel CB, Ellison GL, Gillanders EM, Schully SD, Mechanic LE. A review of NCI's extramural grant portfolio: identifying opportunities for future research in genes and environment in cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Apr;22(4):501-7.

Reid BC, Ghazarian AA, DeMarini DM, Sapkota A, Jack D, Lan Q, Winn DM, Birnbaum LS. Research opportunities for cancer associated with indoor air pollution from solid-fuel combustion. Environ Health Perspect. 2012 Nov;120(11):1495-8.

McGuinn LA, Ghazarian AA, Ellison GL, Harvey CE, Kaefer CM, Reid BC. Cancer and environment: definitions and misconceptions. Environ Res. 2012 Jan;112:230-4.

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