Mia Hashibe, PhD

Research Interests

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Head and Neck Cancers
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Epidemiology, Molecular
  • Global Epidemiology
  • Genetic Susceptibility

Languages

  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences - Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Health System Innovation and Research, Public Health
  • Cancer Center Programs: Cancer Control & Population Sciences

Academic Office Information

  • Huntsman Cancer Institute
    Cancer Control & Population Sciences
    2000 Circle of Hope
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Dr. Hashibe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah, a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and Director of Research and Faciliation for the Utah Cancer Registry. She is a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program and a co-leader for the Upper Aerodigestive Tract Cancer Disease Oriented Team (UADT DOT).

She is interested in the molecular, global and cancer epidemiology of head and neck cancer, lung cancer, and gynecologic cancers. She is the Scientific Coordinator and one of the founding members of the International Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology (INHANCE) Consortium (http://inhance.iarc.fr/). Her studies include a head and neck cancer genetics study (NIDCR R01), multicenter head and neck cancer case-control study in China (http://www.interchange.utah.edu/), a lung and head and neck cancer case-control study in Nepal, head and neck cancer risk prediction modeling, and a Cancer Survivors Cohort Study in Utah.

Before joining HCI, Hashibe was a scientist with the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. She earned both a master's and doctoral degree from the University of California Los Angeles.

Research Statement

My areas of expertise are on global and molecular cancer epidemiology and cancer survivorship. My research projects include a head and neck cancer exome sequencing project (NIDCR R01), a head and neck cancer study in Nepal (NCI supplemental grant) and the International Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology Consortium (INHANCE; NCI R13). The goal of the exome-sequencing project is to identify head and neck cancer (HNC) susceptibility genes by exome sequencing familial HNC cases, then mutation screening 2,000 HNC cases and 2,000 controls. I am a founding member and Scientific Coordinator of the INHANCE consortium, and led the data pooling effort to create the core INHANCE database with grant funding from the NCI and NIDCR. The INHANCE consortium has published >52 research papers thus far based on this data. We have been developing risk prediction models based on this data to calculate individualized risk estimates for head and neck cancer (NCI R21).

We also initiated population-based cancer survivor studies for head and neck cancer, thyroid cancer, gynecologic cancers, lymphoma and colorectal cancer. We reported that obesity was a large contributor to the risk of long-term disease risks among testicular cancer survivors (NCI R03; Hashibe 2016). In the endometrial cancer pilot study, we have been analyzing long-term disease incidence and risks, and testing questionnaires on endometrial cancer survivors (NCI R21; Soisson 2018). The aim of the cancer survivor studies is to comprehensively assess disease risks among cancer survivors in comparison to a general population cohort. I designed these studies by leveraging the Utah Population Database, which is comparable to the Scandinavian databases, with linkage across multiple statewide databases.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training UCLA School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
UCLA/USC Molecular Genetic Epidemiology Training Program
Ph.D.
Graduate Training UCLA School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
Epidemiology
M.P.H.
Undergraduate University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Biology and Japanese
B.S.

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Postdoctoral Fellowship International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Postdoctoral Fellow France

Career

Institution Description Country
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Postdoctoral Fellow France
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Scientist France