Tianhui Chen, MD, PhD

Division of Molecular Genetic Epidemiology (C050), German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ), Im Neuenheimer Feld 580 (TP3) D-69120, Heidelberg, Germany

Dr. Tianhui Chen has 7-year epidemiological work experience in Europe after obtaining his PhD. He earned a PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health (2006) and a MD in Preventive Medicine (1998). He currently works as an Epidemiologist at the Division of Molecular Genetic Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ), Germany.

His current work mainly focuses on, but not limited to, familial risks and second cancers. For familial risks and second cancers, he works with the updated version of the Swedish Family-Cancer Database (the world’s largest of its kind), including over 14 million subjects and approximately two million patients with any tumors (invasive cancers and/or carcinomas in situ), including first and multiple primaries and covering all tumors sites for the entire Swedish population. For second cancers, he also works on a pooled German national database based on nationwide German cancer registries. His work currently focuses on four major cancer sites, including melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, kidney and breast cancers (and also their associations with all major cancer sites), but will expand to all major cancer sites. Previously he worked on associations of pre-diagnosed cancer biomarkers with female cancers (breast, endometrial, ovarian and cervical cancers) and on survival of cancer patients.

He has 15 first-author papers published in peer-reviewed English journals, including Journal of Investigative Dermatology (Ranked 1/58 in Dermatology). He is a member of Interactive Network of Senior Scientists and of PDN, DKFZ, Germany and serves as a peer reviewer for a number of journals, including American Journal of Epidemiology and International Journal of Cancer.