Fredrick Schumacher

PIBBS MENTOR

Assistant Professor

Preventive Medicine
Keck School of Medicine

Research Topics

  • Genetic Epidemiology (Cancer, Obesity)
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Gene-Environment Interactions
  • Biostatistics

Research Overview

My research is focused on deciphering the genetic contribution of complex phenotypes utilizing population-based samples from genetic epidemiologic studies. A majority of my research focuses on discovering the genetic determinants of cancer, mainly prostate cancer, by way of genome-wide association scans or candidate-gene approaches. An area of increasing interest is anthropometric measures, particularly obesity and its role in the progression of cancer. The obesity-cancer paradigm provides a holistic framework to employ, and develop, pathway analysis methods that incorporate germline genetic variation and DNA expression data.