Xiaomei Ma PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Cancer etiology, cancer outcomes research, epidemiological methods


Research Summary

Dr. Ma's primary research interest is in cancer etiology (particularly the etiology of hematological malignancies), cancer outcomes research, and epidemiological methods. Her current research includes (1) selected environmental and genetic factors in the etiology of childhood leukemia; (2) previous exposures, patterns of care, outcomes, and health-related quality of life in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes; and (3) statistical methods to address spatial uncertainty in cancer risk estimation.


Selected Publications

  • Ma, X., Lim, U., Park, Y., Mayne, S.T., Wang, R., Hartge, P., Hollenbeck, A.R., Schatzkin, A. Obesity, Lifestyle Factors, and Risk of Myelodysplastic Syndromes in a Large U.S. Cohort. American Journal of Epidemiology 169:1492-9, 2009.
  • Wang, R., Gross, C.P., Halene, S., Ma X. Comorbidities and Survival in a Large Cohort of Patients with Newly Diagnosed Myelodysplastic Syndromes. Leukemia Research 2009 Mar 24. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Ma, X., Vanasse, G., Cartmel, B., Wang, Y., Selinger, H.A. Prevalence of Polycythemia Vera and Essential Thrombocythemia. American Journal of Hematology 83:359-62, 2008.
  • Ma, X., Does, M.B., Raza, A., Mayne, S.T. Myelodysplastic Syndromes: Incidence and Survival in the United States. Cancer 109: 1536 – 42, 2007.
  • Ma, X., Buffler, P.A., Wiemels, J.L., Selvin, S., Metayer, C., Loh, M., Does, M.B., and Wiencke, J.K. Ethnic Difference in Daycare Attendance, Early Infections, and Risk of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention 14: 1928-1934, 2005.
  • Ma, X., Does, M.B., Metayer, C., Russo, C., Wong, A., and Buffler, P.A. Vaccination History and Risk of Childhood Leukaemia. International Journal of Epidemiology 34: 1100-1109, 2005.
  • Zheng, S., Ma, X., Zhang, L., Gunn, L., Smith, M.T., Wiemels, J.L., Leung, K., Buffler, P.A., and Wiencke, J.K. Hypermethylation of the 5CpG Island of the FHIT Gene is Associated with Hyperdiploid and Translocation Negative Subtypes of Pediatric Leukemia. Cancer Research 64: 2000-2006, 2004.
  • Ma, X., Buffler, P.A., Layefsky, M., Does, M.B., and Reynolds, P. Control Selection Strategies in Case-Control Studies of Childhood Diseases. American Journal of Epidemiology 159: 915-921, 2004.

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