- Investigator, Radiation Epidemiology Branch
Dr. Kitahara earned her Ph.D. in cancer epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She joined the Radiation Epidemiology Branch in 2008 as a predoctoral fellow and became a research fellow in 2011. In 2015, she was appointed to the position of tenure-track investigator. Dr. Kitahara’s research focuses on low-dose radiation exposure and cancer risks in medical workers and the etiology of radiosensitive cancers, particularly thyroid cancer and glioma. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the DCEG Fellows Award for Research Excellence and the Outstanding Achievement in Science Seminar Series Award. Dr. Kitahara has a B.S. degree from the University of Michigan in biology and anthropology (2005) and an M.H.S. degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2008).
- (2020). Amount and Intensity of Leisure-Time Physical Activity and Lower Cancer Risk. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY.
- (2020). Understanding the ever-changing incidence of thyroid cancer. Nature Reviews Endocrinology. 16(11), 617-618.
- (2020). Associations Between Prediagnostic Concentrations of Circulating Sex Steroid Hormones and Liver Cancer Among Postmenopausal Women. HEPATOLOGY. 72(2), 535-547.
- (2020). Lung cancer mortality associated with protracted low-dose occupational radiation exposures and smoking behaviors in US radiologic technologists, 1983-2012. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CANCER. 147(11), 3130-3138.
- (2020). Genome-wide association study identifies 32 novel breast cancer susceptibility loci from overall and subtype-specific analyses. NATURE GENETICS. 52(6), 572-+.