Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Faculty Profile

Joseph L. Wiemels, PhD


Associate Professor, Division of Cancer Epidemiology
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Scholar in Clinical Research

MC 0520
Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building
HD 274 1450 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

415 / 514-0577
415 / 502-7411


Following his doctoral training in toxicology, epidemiology, and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Wiemels studied the etiology of childhood leukemia in London, UK. He then joined the Laboratory for Molecular Epidemiology in late 1999, and works closely with Drs. Wiencke and Wrensch on the epidemiology and etiology of childhood leukemia and adult brain cancer. Dr. Wiemels? primary research interest is discovering the timing and mechanisms of chromosomal translocations associated with leukemia, and he has received NIH funding for the project, "Backtracking Translocations to Birth." In this research, Dr. Wiemels and coworkers have discovered that the majority of childhood leukemias originate before birth. Dr. Wiemels is also interested in the genetic susceptibility to cancer and the role of the immune system in cancer, such as the nature of the relationship of allergies to glioma.

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