Heather M. Ochs-Balcom

PhD

Heather M. Ochs-Balcom.

Heather M. Ochs-Balcom

PhD

Heather M. Ochs-Balcom

PhD

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

hmochs2@buffalo.edu

Overview Publications News

Selected Publications

  • HM Ochs-Balcom, P Kanth, S Abdelrahman, JM Farnham, LA Cannon-Albright. Colorectal cancer risk based on extended family history and body mass index. Genet Epidemiol 2020; in press.
  • AW Kurian, R Bernhisel, K Larson, JL Caswell-Jin, AH Shadyab, H Ochs-Balcom, ML Stefanick. Prevalence of pathogenic variants in cancer susceptibility genes among women with postmenopausal breast cancer. JAMA 2020; 323(10):995-997.
  • HM Ochs-Balcom, KM Hovey, C Andrews, JA Cauley, L Hale, W Li, JW Bea, GE Sarto, ML Stefanick, KL Stone, NB Watts, O Zaslavski, J Wactawski-Wende. Short sleep is associated with low bone mineral density and osteoporosis in the Women’s Health Initiative. J Bone Miner Res 2020; 35(2):261-268.
  • JM Schildkraut, LC Peres, TN Bethea, F Camacho, D Chyn, EK Cloyd, EV Bandera, A Beeghly-Fadiel, CE Joslin, PG Moorman, E Myers, HM Ochs-Balcom, VW Setiawan, AH Wu, L Rosenberg. Ovarian cancer in women of African ancestry (OCWAA) consortium: a resource of harmonized data from eight epidemiologic case-control and cohort studies of African-American and white women. Cancer Causes Control 2019; 30(9):967-978.
  • L Grieshober, J Wactawski-Wende, R Hageman Blair, L Mu, J Liu, J Nie, CL Carty, L Hale, CH Kroenke, AZ LaCroix, AP Reiner, HM Ochs-Balcom. A cross-sectional analysis of telomere length and sleep in the Women’s Health Initiative. Am J Epidemiol 2019; 188(9):1616-1626.
  • HM Ochs-Balcom, H Shaw, L Preus, JR Palmer, SA Haddad, L Rosenberg, EA Ruiz-Narvaez. Replication, fine mapping, and admixture mapping for birth weight loci in the Black Women’s Health Study. Human Genetics 2018;137(6-7):535-542. PMCID: PMC6330255.
  • HM Ochs-Balcom, L Preus, J Nie, J Wactawski-Wende, L Agyemang, M Neuhouser, L Tinker, C Zheng, R Kazlauskaite, L Qi, LE Sucheston-Campbell. Physical activity modifies genetic susceptibility to obesity in postmenopausal women. Menopause 2018; 25(10):1131-1137. PMCID: PMC6136965.
  • A Soucise, C Vaughn, CL Thompson, AE Millen, JL Freudenheim, J Wactawski-Wende, A Phipps, L Hale, L Qi, HM Ochs-Balcom. Sleep quality, duration and breast cancer aggressiveness. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2017; 164(1):169-78. PMCID: PMC5488283.
  • Y Wang, J Wactawski-Wende, L Sucheston-Campbell, L Preus, KM Hovey, J Nie, RD Jackson, SK Handelman, R Nassir, CJ Crandall, HM Ochs-Balcom. Gene-hormone therapy interaction and fracture risk in postmenopausal women. J Clin Endocrin Metab 2017; 102(6):1908-16.  PMCID: PMC5470770.
  • Y Wang, J Wactawski-Wende, LE Sucheston-Campbell, L Preus, KM Hovey, J Nie, RD Jackson, SK Handelman, R Nassir, CJ Crandall, HM Ochs-Balcom. The influence of genetic susceptibility and calcium plus vitamin D supplementation on fracture risk. Am J Clin Nutr 2017;105(4):970-9. PMCID: 5366049.
  • AI Phipps, P Bhatti, ML Neuhouser, C Chen, TE Crane, CH Kroenke, H Ochs-Balcom, M Rissling, BM Snively, ML Stefanick, MM Treggiari, NF Watson. Pre-diagnostic sleep duration and sleep quality in relation to subsequent cancer survival. J Clin Sleep Med 2015; 12(4): 495-503. PMCID: PMC4795275.
  • HM Ochs-Balcom, C Marian, J Nie, TM Brasky, DS Goerlitz, C Ambrosone, M Trevisan, SB Edge, J Winston, DL Berry, BV Kallakury, JL Freudenheim, PG Shields. Adiposity is associated with p53 gene mutations in breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2015; 153(3):635-45.
  • ML Neuhouser, AK Aragaki, RL Prentice, JE Manson, R Chlebowski, CL Carty, HM Ochs-Balcom, C Thomson, BJ Caan, LF Tinker, R Peragallo Urrutia, N Saquib, J Knudtson, GL Anderson. Overweight, obesity and postmenopausal invasive breast cancer risk: a secondary analysis of the Women’s Health Initiative randomized clinical trials. JAMA Oncol 2015;1(5):611-21. PMCID: PMC5070941.
  • HM Ochs-Balcom, X Sun, Y Chen, J Barnholtz-Sloan, DO Erwin, L Jandorf, L Sucheston-Campbell, RC Elston. Putative linkage signals identified for breast cancer in African American families. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2015; 24(2):442-7. PMCID: PMC4323921.
  • HM Ochs-Balcom, L Jandorf, Y Wang, D Johnson, V Meadows Ray, MJ Willis, DO Erwin. “It takes a village”: multilevel approaches to recruit African Americans and their families for genetic research. J Community Genet 2015; 6(1): 39-45. PMCID: PMC4286558.
  • HM Ochs-Balcom, BJ Grant, P Muti, CT Sempos, JL Freudenheim, M Trevisan, PA Cassano, L Iacoviello, HJ Schünemann. Pulmonary function and abdominal adiposity in the general population. Chest 2006;129(4):853-62.
  • HM Ochs-Balcom, BJ Grant, P Muti, CT Sempos, JL Freudenheim, RW Browne, M Trevisan, L Iacoviello, PA Cassano, HJ Schünemann. Oxidative stress and pulmonary function in the general population. Am J Epidemiol 2005;162(12):1137-45.