Heather M. Ochs-Balcom


Heather M. Ochs-Balcom.

Heather M. Ochs-Balcom


Heather M. Ochs-Balcom


Director of Graduate Studies, MPH Program
Director, MPH Concentration in Epidemiology
Associate Professor

Research Topics

Genetic epidemiology of complex traits; cancer health disparities; obesity and cancer risk; gene-environment interactions.

Contact Information

268D Farber Hall

Buffalo NY, 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5338

Fax: (716) 829-2979


Overview Publications News

UB News


From analyzing the avocado genome to designing a stingray-inspired space exploration vehicle, here are some highlights from a year of discovery.


Getting five or fewer hours of sleep a night is associated with low bone mineral density (BMD) and higher odds of osteoporosis, according to the findings of the largest study of sleep and BMD to date among U.S. postmenopausal women.


Study seeks to identify new genes associated with breast cancer risk in African American women.


Genetic associations on BMI were strongest in sedentary postmenopausal women and weakest in women who reported high levels of recreational physical activity.


The projects include introducing genetics to high schoolers, strengthening the STEM workforce and tailoring breast cancer info to African-American women.


Women at the highest genetic risk for fracture benefit the most from hormone therapy, according to a first-of-its-kind study led by UB researchers.

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