Habibul Ahsan, M.D., MMedSc.


  • Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Department of Medicine - Section of Human Medicine, Committee on Cancer Biology
  • Associate Director, Cancer Research Center


M.D., University of Dhaka, 1988

MMedSc., University of Western Australia


The University of Chicago
AMB N102A (MC 2007)
5841 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637


Phone:  (773) 834-9956


Dr. Ahsan’s research interests focus on the interplay between environmental and genetic factors in cancer and exploiting this information in cancer prevention in humans.  He published extensively on the molecular epidemiology of carcinogenic effects of arsenic exposure and also on the molecular and genetic epidemiology of hormonal etiology of breast cancer. His ongoing NIH-funded major research projects include: 1) a genome-wide association study to identify novel genes for early-onset breast cancer among 6,000 breast cancer cases and population/sister controls; 2) a prospective cohort study of 15,000 men and women in Bangladesh to investigate the intermediate- and long-term carcinogenic effects of environmental arsenic exposure from drinking water; 3) genetic susceptibility to arsenic-induced pre-malignant skin lesions and skin cancers among 3,000 cases and controls; and 4) a randomized clinical trial of vitamin E and selenium among 6,000 individuals with pre-malignant skin lesions for the prevention of cancers and deaths.

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