Brandon Pierce

Research Summary
Our group works at the intersection of genetic, molecular, and environmental epidemiology. We are interested in how genetic variation influences or alters the effects of environmental exposures and biomarkers on human health and biology. Areas of ongoing research include (1) dynamic features of the genome that are biomarkers of aging, exposure, and disease risk, (2) genetic susceptibility and response to exposure to arsenic, a known carcinogen (3) methods for assessing causal relationships among risk factors, biomarkers, and disease phenotypes, and (4) genetic contributors to prostate cancer disparities. The long-term goals of our work are to understand toxicity mechanisms and disease biology and to improve our ability to predict disease and target interventions to high-risk sub-populations. Several ongoing projects are described below: • Arsenic and the Human Genome: Susceptibility and response to exposure: Over 100 million people worldwide consume arsenic-contaminated drinking water, which increases risk for a wide array of health conditions, including cancer. The goal of this project is to identify features of the human genome, both inherited (i.e., SNPs) and acquired/dynamic (i.e., telomere length, DNA methylation, somatic mutations), that reflect susceptibility to arsenic toxicity or response to arsenic exposure, using data from a large arsenic-exposed Bangladeshi cohort. Achieving these goals will reveal biological mechanisms of toxicity and susceptibility and provide strategies for identifying high risk individuals. • Genetics of Arsenic Metabolism: fine mapping and analysis of rare variants: Susceptibility to arsenic toxicity is partially determined by genetic variants on chromosome 10 which influence individuals’ ability to metabolize arsenic. Dr. Pierce directs a project that will comprehensively characterize the effects of these variants across three arsenic-exposed population groups (Bangladeshis, American Indians, and European Americans). • Telomere Length and Chromosomal Instability Across Various Tissue Types: Age-related telomere shortening may play a critical role in susceptibility to common age-related diseases, including cancer. Using tissue samples from the NHGRI’s Gene-Tissue Expression project (GTEx), Dr. Pierce’s team is assessing correlations among telomere length measurements taken across many cancer-prone tissues and determining if telomere length is correlated with DNA damage, aging-related DNA methylation features, as well as inherited genetic variation. • Identifying DNA Methylation Features That Underlie Prostate Cancer Disparities: In light of racial disparities in prostate cancer incidence and mortality in the U.S., Dr. Pierce is leading a project to determine if DNA methylation patterns in prostate tissue differ between African American and Caucasian patients and how such differences are related to clinical features, as well as genetic and environmental factors. This work will contribute to the identification ethnicity-specific biomarkers for prostate cancer aggressiveness.
Keywords
genetic epidemiology, telomeres, gene-environment, arsenic, cancer, aging, epigenetics, gene regulat
Education
  • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, BA Biology 06/2002
  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MS Genetic Epidemiology 06/2004
  • University of Washington, Seattle, PhD Public Health Genetics 03/2008
Biosciences Graduate Program Association
Publications
  1. Demanelis K, Tong L, Pierce BL. Genetically Increased Telomere Length and Aging-related Traits in the UK Biobank. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019 Oct 11. View in: PubMed

  2. Jansen RJ, Tong L, Argos M, Jasmine F, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Sarwar G, Islam MT, Shahriar H, Islam T, Rahman M, Yunus M, Kibriya MG, Baron JA, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. The effect of age on DNA methylation in whole blood among Bangladeshi men and women. BMC Genomics. 2019 Sep 10; 20(1):704. View in: PubMed

  3. Demanelis K, Argos M, Tong L, Shinkle J, Sabarinathan M, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Sarwar G, Shahriar H, Islam T, Rahman M, Yunus M, Graziano JH, Broberg K, Engström K, Jasmine F, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. Association of Arsenic Exposure with Whole Blood DNA Methylation: An Epigenome-Wide Study of Bangladeshi Adults. Environ Health Perspect. 2019 05; 127(5):57011. View in: PubMed

  4. Pierce BL, Tong L, Dean S, Argos M, Jasmine F, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Sarwar G, Islam MT, Shahriar H, Islam T, Rahman M, Yunus M, Lynch VJ, Oglesbee D, Graziano JH, Kibriya MG, Gamble MV, Ahsan H. Correction: A missense variant in FTCD is associated with arsenic metabolism and toxicity phenotypes in Bangladesh. PLoS Genet. 2019 May; 15(5):e1008172. View in: PubMed

  5. Pierce BL, Tong L, Dean S, Argos M, Jasmine F, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Sarwar G, Islam MT, Shahriar H, Islam T, Rahman M, Yunus M, Lynch VJ, Oglesbee D, Graziano JH, Kibriya MG, Gamble MV, Ahsan H. A missense variant in FTCD is associated with arsenic metabolism and toxicity phenotypes in Bangladesh. PLoS Genet. 2019 03; 15(3):e1007984. View in: PubMed

  6. Jiang X, Dimou NL, Al-Dabhani K, Lewis SJ, Martin RM, Haycock PC, Gunter MJ, Key TJ, Eeles RA, Muir K, Neal D, Giles GG, Giovannucci EL, Stampfer M, Pierce BL, Schildkraut JM, Warren Andersen S, Thompson D, Zheng W, Kraft P, Tsilidis KK. Circulating vitamin D concentrations and risk of breast and prostate cancer: a Mendelian randomization study. Int J Epidemiol. 2019 10 01; 48(5):1416-1424. View in: PubMed

  7. Grau-Perez M, Zhao J, Pierce B, Francesconi KA, Goessler W, Zhu Y, An Q, Umans J, Best L, Cole SA, Navas-Acien A, Tellez-Plaza M. Urinary metals and leukocyte telomere length in American Indian communities: The Strong Heart and the Strong Heart Family Study. Environ Pollut. 2019 Mar; 246:311-318. View in: PubMed

  8. Delgado DA, Zhang C, Gleason K, Demanelis K, Chen LS, Gao J, Roy S, Shinkle J, Sabarinathan M, Argos M, Tong L, Ahmed A, Islam T, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Sarwar G, Shahriar H, Rahman M, Yunus M, Doherty JA, Jasmine F, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. The contribution of parent-to-offspring transmission of telomeres to the heritability of telomere length in humans. Hum Genet. 2019 Jan; 138(1):49-60. View in: PubMed

  9. Gillard M, Javier R, Ji Y, Zheng SL, Xu J, Brendler CB, Crawford SE, Pierce BL, Griend DJV, Franco OE. Elevation of Stromal-Derived Mediators of Inflammation Promote Prostate Cancer Progression in African-American Men. Cancer Res. 2018 11 01; 78(21):6134-6145. View in: PubMed

  10. Pierce BL, Kraft P, Zhang C. Mendelian randomization studies of cancer risk: a literature review. Curr Epidemiol Rep. 2018 Jun; 5(2):184-196. View in: PubMed

  11. Zhang C, Kibriya MG, Jasmine F, Roy S, Gao J, Sabarinathan M, Shinkle J, Delgado D, Ahmed A, Islam T, Eunus M, Islam MT, Hasan R, Graziano JH, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. A study of telomere length, arsenic exposure, and arsenic toxicity in a Bangladeshi cohort. Environ Res. 2018 07; 164:346-355. View in: PubMed

  12. Jasmine F, Shinkle J, Sabarinathan M, Ahsan H, Pierce BL, Kibriya MG. A novel pooled-sample multiplex luminex assay for high-throughput measurement of relative telomere length. Am J Hum Biol. 2018 07; 30(4):e23118. View in: PubMed

  13. Pierce BL, Tong L, Argos M, Demanelis K, Jasmine F, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Sarwar G, Islam MT, Shahriar H, Islam T, Rahman M, Yunus M, Kibriya MG, Chen LS, Ahsan H. Co-occurring expression and methylation QTLs allow detection of common causal variants and shared biological mechanisms. Nat Commun. 2018 02 23; 9(1):804. View in: PubMed

  14. Argos M, Tong L, Roy S, Sabarinathan M, Ahmed A, Islam MT, Islam T, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Sarwar G, Shahriar H, Rahman M, Yunus M, Graziano JH, Jasmine F, Kibriya MG, Zhou X, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. Screening for gene-environment (G×E) interaction using omics data from exposed individuals: an application to gene-arsenic interaction. Mamm Genome. 2018 02; 29(1-2):101-111. View in: PubMed

  15. Wang J, Liu Q, Pierce BL, Huo D, Olopade OI, Ahsan H, Chen LS. A meta-analysis approach with filtering for identifying gene-level gene-environment interactions. Genet Epidemiol. 2018 07; 42(5):434-446. View in: PubMed

  16. Delgado DA, Zhang C, Chen LS, Gao J, Roy S, Shinkle J, Sabarinathan M, Argos M, Tong L, Ahmed A, Islam T, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Sarwar G, Shahriar H, Rahman M, Yunus M, Jasmine F, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. Genome-wide association study of telomere length among South Asians identifies a second RTEL1 association signal. J Med Genet. 2018 01; 55(1):64-71. View in: PubMed

  17. Dimitrakopoulou VI, Tsilidis KK, Haycock PC, Dimou NL, Al-Dabhani K, Martin RM, Lewis SJ, Gunter MJ, Mondul A, Shui IM, Theodoratou E, Nimptsch K, Lindström S, Albanes D, Kühn T, Key TJ, Travis RC, Vimaleswaran KS. Circulating vitamin D concentration and risk of seven cancers: Mendelian randomisation study. BMJ. 2017 10 31; 359:j4761. View in: PubMed

  18. Yang F, Wang J. Identifying cis-mediators for trans-eQTLs across many human tissues using genomic mediation analysis. Genome Res. 2017 11; 27(11):1859-1871. View in: PubMed

  19. Ritchie MD, Davis JR, Aschard H, Battle A, Conti D, Du M, Eskin E, Fallin MD, Hsu L, Kraft P, Moore JH, Pierce BL, Bien SA, Thomas DC, Wei P, Montgomery SB. Incorporation of Biological Knowledge Into the Study of Gene-Environment Interactions. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Oct 01; 186(7):771-777. View in: PubMed

  20. Ritz BR, Chatterjee N, Garcia-Closas M, Gauderman WJ, Pierce BL, Kraft P, Tanner CM, Mechanic LE, McAllister K. Lessons Learned From Past Gene-Environment Interaction Successes. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Oct 01; 186(7):778-786. View in: PubMed

  21. Gao G, Pierce BL, Olopade OI, Im HK, Huo D. Trans-ethnic predicted expression genome-wide association analysis identifies a gene for estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer. PLoS Genet. 2017 Sep; 13(9):e1006727. View in: PubMed

  22. Dean SG, Zhang C, Gao J, Roy S, Shinkle J, Sabarinathan M, Argos M, Tong L, Ahmed A, Islam MT, Islam T, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Sarwar G, Shahriar H, Rahman M, Yunus M, Graziano JH, Chen LS, Jasmine F, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. The association between telomere length and mortality in Bangladesh. Aging (Albany NY). 2017 06 15; 9(6):1537-1551. View in: PubMed

  23. Zhang C, Lauderdale DS, Pierce BL. Sex-Specific and Time-Varying Associations Between Cigarette Smoking and Telomere Length Among Older Adults. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 12 15; 184(12):922-932. View in: PubMed

  24. Khankari NK, Shu XO, Wen W, Kraft P, Lindström S, Peters U, Schildkraut J, Schumacher F, Bofetta P, Risch A, Bickeböller H, Amos CI, Easton D, Eeles RA, Gruber SB, Haiman CA, Hunter DJ, Chanock SJ, Pierce BL, Zheng W. Association between Adult Height and Risk of Colorectal, Lung, and Prostate Cancer: Results from Meta-analyses of Prospective Studies and Mendelian Randomization Analyses. PLoS Med. 2016 Sep; 13(9):e1002118. View in: PubMed

  25. Karami S, Han Y, Pande M, Cheng I, Rudd J, Pierce BL, Nutter EL, Schumacher FR, Kote-Jarai Z, Lindstrom S, Witte JS, Fang S, Han J, Kraft P, Hunter DJ, Song F, Hung RJ, McKay J, Gruber SB, Chanock SJ, Risch A, Shen H, Haiman CA, Boardman L, Ulrich CM, Casey G, Peters U, Amin Al Olama A, Berchuck A, Berndt SI, Bezieau S, Brennan P, Brenner H, Brinton L, Caporaso N, Chan AT, Chang-Claude J, Christiani DC, Cunningham JM, Easton D, Eeles RA, Eisen T, Gala M, Gallinger SJ, Gayther SA, Goode EL, Grönberg H, Henderson BE, Houlston R, Joshi AD, Küry S, Landi MT, Le Marchand L, Muir K, Newcomb PA, Permuth-Wey J, Pharoah P, Phelan C, Potter JD, Ramus SJ, Risch H, Schildkraut J, Slattery ML, Song H, Wentzensen N, White E, Wiklund F, Zanke BW, Sellers TA, Zheng W, Chatterjee N, Amos CI, Doherty JA. Telomere structure and maintenance gene variants and risk of five cancer types. Int J Cancer. 2016 Dec 15; 139(12):2655-2670. View in: PubMed

  26. Gao C, Patel CJ, Michailidou K, Peters U, Gong J, Schildkraut J, Schumacher FR, Zheng W, Boffetta P, Stucker I, Willett W, Gruber S, Easton DF, Hunter DJ, Sellers TA, Haiman C, Henderson BE, Hung RJ, Amos C, Pierce BL, Lindström S, Kraft P. Mendelian randomization study of adiposity-related traits and risk of breast, ovarian, prostate, lung and colorectal cancer. Int J Epidemiol. 2016 06; 45(3):896-908. View in: PubMed

  27. Pierce BL, Jasmine F, Roy S, Zhang C, Aviv A, Hunt SC, Ahsan H, Kibriya MG. Telomere length measurement by a novel Luminex-based assay: a blinded comparison to Southern blot. Int J Mol Epidemiol Genet. 2016; 7(1):18-23. View in: PubMed

  28. Kibriya MG, Jasmine F, Roy S, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. Novel Luminex Assay for Telomere Repeat Mass Does Not Show Well Position Effects Like qPCR. PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0155548. View in: PubMed

  29. Wang J, Gamazon ER, Pierce BL, Stranger BE, Im HK, Gibbons RD, Cox NJ, Nicolae DL, Chen LS. Imputing Gene Expression in Uncollected Tissues Within and Beyond GTEx. Am J Hum Genet. 2016 Apr 07; 98(4):697-708. View in: PubMed

  30. Jansen RJ, Argos M, Tong L, Li J, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Islam MT, Slavkovich V, Ahmed A, Navas-Acien A, Parvez F, Chen Y, Gamble MV, Graziano JH, Pierce BL, Ahsan H. Determinants and Consequences of Arsenic Metabolism Efficiency among 4,794 Individuals: Demographics, Lifestyle, Genetics, and Toxicity. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Feb; 25(2):381-90. View in: PubMed

  31. Liu Q, Chen LS, Nicolae DL, Pierce BL. A unified set-based test with adaptive filtering for gene-environment interaction analyses. Biometrics. 2016 06; 72(2):629-38. View in: PubMed

  32. Zhang B, Shu XO, Delahanty RJ, Zeng C, Michailidou K, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Dennis J, Wen W, Long J, Li C, Dunning AM, Chang-Claude J, Shah M, Perkins BJ, Czene K, Darabi H, Eriksson M, Bojesen SE, Nordestgaard BG, Nielsen SF, Flyger H, Lambrechts D, Neven P, Wildiers H, Floris G, Schmidt MK, Rookus MA, van den Hurk K, de Kort WL, Couch FJ, Olson JE, Hallberg E, Vachon C, Rudolph A, Seibold P, Flesch-Janys D, Peto J, Dos-Santos-Silva I, Fletcher O, Johnson N, Nevanlinna H, Muranen TA, Aittomäki K, Blomqvist C, Li J, Humphreys K, Brand J, Guénel P, Truong T, Cordina-Duverger E, Menegaux F, Burwinkel B, Marme F, Yang R, Surowy H, Benitez J, Zamora MP, Perez JI, Cox A, Cross SS, Reed MW, Andrulis IL, Knight JA, Glendon G, Tchatchou S, Sawyer EJ, Tomlinson I, Kerin MJ, Miller N, Chenevix-Trench G. Height and Breast Cancer Risk: Evidence From Prospective Studies and Mendelian Randomization. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Nov; 107(11). View in: PubMed

  33. Smith ND, Prasad SM, Patel AR, Weiner AB, Pariser JJ, Razmaria A, Maene C, Schuble T, Pierce B, Steinberg GD. Bladder Cancer Mortality in the United States: A Geographic and Temporal Analysis of Socioeconomic and Environmental Factors. J Urol. 2016 Feb; 195(2):290-6. View in: PubMed

  34. Karagas MR, Gossai A, Pierce B, Ahsan H. Drinking Water Arsenic Contamination, Skin Lesions, and Malignancies: A Systematic Review of the Global Evidence. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2015 Mar; 2(1):52-68. View in: PubMed

  35. Zhang C, Doherty JA, Burgess S, Hung RJ, Lindström S, Kraft P, Gong J, Amos CI, Sellers TA, Monteiro AN, Chenevix-Trench G, Bickeböller H, Risch A, Brennan P, Mckay JD, Houlston RS, Landi MT, Timofeeva MN, Wang Y, Heinrich J, Kote-Jarai Z, Eeles RA, Muir K, Wiklund F, Grönberg H, Berndt SI, Chanock SJ, Schumacher F, Haiman CA, Henderson BE, Amin Al Olama A, Andrulis IL, Hopper JL, Chang-Claude J, John EM, Malone KE, Gammon MD, Ursin G, Whittemore AS, Hunter DJ, Gruber SB, Knight JA, Hou L, Le Marchand L, Newcomb PA, Hudson TJ, Chan AT, Li L, Woods MO, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. Genetic determinants of telomere length and risk of common cancers: a Mendelian randomization study. Hum Mol Genet. 2015 Sep 15; 24(18):5356-66. View in: PubMed

  36. Gao J, Tong L, Argos M, Scannell Bryan M, Ahmed A, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Kibriya MG, Jasmine F, Slavkovich V, Graziano JH, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. The Genetic Architecture of Arsenic Metabolism Efficiency:A SNP-Based Heritability Study of Bangladeshi Adults. Environ Health Perspect. 2015 10; 123(10):985-92. View in: PubMed

  37. Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Argos M, Pierce BL, Tong L, Jasmine F, Roy S, Parvez F, Ahmed A, Islam T, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H. Genome-wide association study of parity in Bangladeshi women. PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0118488. View in: PubMed

  38. Wu F, Jasmine F, Kibriya MG, Liu M, Cheng X, Parvez F, Islam T, Ahmed A, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Jiang J, Roy S, Paul-Brutus R, Slavkovich V, Islam T, Levy D, VanderWeele TJ, Pierce BL, Graziano JH, Ahsan H, Chen Y. Interaction between arsenic exposure from drinking water and genetic polymorphisms on cardiovascular disease in Bangladesh: a prospective case-cohort study. Environ Health Perspect. 2015 May; 123(5):451-7. View in: PubMed

  39. Pierce BL, Tong L, Chen LS, Rahaman R, Argos M, Jasmine F, Roy S, Paul-Brutus R, Westra HJ, Franke L, Esko T, Zaman R, Islam T, Rahman M, Baron JA, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H. Mediation analysis demonstrates that trans-eQTLs are often explained by cis-mediation: a genome-wide analysis among 1,800 South Asians. PLoS Genet. 2014 Dec; 10(12):e1004818. View in: PubMed

  40. Kibriya MG, Jasmine F, Roy S, Ahsan H, Pierce B. Measurement of telomere length: a new assay using QuantiGene chemistry on a Luminex platform. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Dec; 23(12):2667-72. View in: PubMed

  41. Gao J, Roy S, Tong L, Argos M, Jasmine F, Rahaman R, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Parvez F, Ahmed A, Hore SK, Sarwar G, Slavkovich V, Yunus M, Rahman M, Baron JA, Graziano JH, Ahsan H, Pierce BL. Arsenic exposure, telomere length, and expression of telomere-related genes among Bangladeshi individuals. Environ Res. 2015 Jan; 136:462-9. View in: PubMed

  42. Argos M, Chen L, Jasmine F, Tong L, Pierce BL, Roy S, Paul-Brutus R, Gamble MV, Harper KN, Parvez F, Rahman M, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Slavkovich V, Baron JA, Graziano JH, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H. Gene-specific differential DNA methylation and chronic arsenic exposure in an epigenome-wide association study of adults in Bangladesh. Environ Health Perspect. 2015 Jan; 123(1):64-71. View in: PubMed

  43. Simpson CL, Goldenberg AJ, Culverhouse R, Daley D, Igo RP, Jarvik GP, Mandal DM, Mascalzoni D, Montgomery CG, Pierce B, Plaetke R, Shete S, Goddard KA, Stein CM. Practical barriers and ethical challenges in genetic data sharing. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Aug 15; 11(8):8383-98. View in: PubMed

  44. Scannell Bryan M, Argos M, Pierce B, Tong L, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Ahmed A, Rahman M, Islam T, Yunus M, Parvez F, Roy S, Jasmine F, Baron JA, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H. Genome-wide association studies and heritability estimates of body mass index related phenotypes in Bangladeshi adults. PLoS One. 2014; 9(8):e105062. View in: PubMed

  45. Argos M, Parvez F, Rahman M, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Ahmed A, Hore SK, Islam T, Chen Y, Pierce BL, Slavkovich V, Olopade C, Yunus M, Baron JA, Graziano JH, Ahsan H. Arsenic and lung disease mortality in Bangladeshi adults. Epidemiology. 2014 Jul; 25(4):536-43. View in: PubMed

  46. Argos M, Tong L, Pierce BL, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Ahmed A, Islam T, Rahman M, Paul-Brutus R, Rahaman R, Roy S, Jasmine F, Kibriya MG, Ahsan H. Genome-wide association study of smoking behaviours among Bangladeshi adults. J Med Genet. 2014 May; 51(5):327-33. View in: PubMed

  47. Pierce BL, Tong L, Argos M, Gao J, Farzana J, Roy S, Paul-Brutus R, Rahaman R, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Parvez F, Ahmed A, Quasem I, Hore SK, Alam S, Islam T, Harjes J, Sarwar G, Slavkovich V, Gamble MV, Chen Y, Yunus M, Rahman M, Baron JA, Graziano JH, Ahsan H. Arsenic metabolism efficiency has a causal role in arsenic toxicity: Mendelian randomization and gene-environment interaction. Int J Epidemiol. 2013 Dec; 42(6):1862-71. View in: PubMed

  48. Ahsan H, Halpern J, Kibriya MG, Pierce BL, Tong L, Gamazon E, McGuire V, Felberg A, Shi J, Jasmine F, Roy S, Brutus R, Argos M, Melkonian S, Chang-Claude J, Andrulis I, Hopper JL, John EM, Malone K, Ursin G, Gammon MD, Thomas DC, Seminara D, Casey G, Knight JA, Southey MC, Giles GG, Santella RM, Lee E, Conti D, Duggan D, Gallinger S, Haile R, Jenkins M, Lindor NM, Newcomb P, Michailidou K, Apicella C, Park DJ, Peto J, Fletcher O, dos Santos Silva I, Lathrop M, Hunter DJ, Chanock SJ, Meindl A, Schmutzler RK, Müller-Myhsok B, Lochmann M, Beckmann L, Hein R, Makalic E, Schmidt DF, Bui QM, Stone J, Flesch-Janys D, Dahmen N, Nevanlinna H, Aittomäki K, Blomqvist C, Hall P, Czene K, Irwanto A, Liu J, Rahman N, Turnbull C. A genome-wide association study of early-onset breast cancer identifies PFKM as a novel breast cancer gene and supports a common genetic spectrum for breast cancer at any age. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Apr; 23(4):658-69. View in: PubMed

  49. Zhang C, Pierce BL. Genetic susceptibility to accelerated cognitive decline in the US Health and Retirement Study. Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Jun; 35(6):1512.e11-8. View in: PubMed

  50. Melkonian S, Argos M, Hall MN, Chen Y, Parvez F, Pierce B, Cao H, Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Ahmed A, Islam T, Slavcovich V, Gamble M, Haris PI, Graziano JH, Ahsan H. Urinary and dietary analysis of 18,470 bangladeshis reveal a correlation of rice consumption with arsenic exposure and toxicity. PLoS One. 2013; 8(11):e80691. View in: PubMed

  51. Pierce BL, Burgess S. Efficient design for Mendelian randomization studies: subsample and 2-sample instrumental variable estimators. Am J Epidemiol. 2013 Oct 01; 178(7):1177-84. View in: PubMed

  52. Melkonian S, Argos M, Chen Y, Parvez F, Pierce B, Ahmed A, Islam T, Ahsan H. Intakes of several nutrients are associated with incidence of arsenic-related keratotic skin lesions in Bangladesh. J Nutr. 2012 Dec; 142(12):2128-34. View in: PubMed

  53. Pierce BL, VanderWeele TJ. The effect of non-differential measurement error on bias, precision and power in Mendelian randomization studies. Int J Epidemiol. 2012 Oct; 41(5):1383-93. View in: PubMed

  54. Pierce BL. Why are diabetics at reduced risk for prostate cancer? A review of the epidemiologic evidence. Urol Oncol. 2012 Sep; 30(5):735-43. View in: PubMed

  55. Pierce BL, Tong L, Kraft P, Ahsan H. Unidentified genetic variants influence pancreatic cancer risk: an analysis of polygenic susceptibility in the PanScan study. Genet Epidemiol. 2012 Jul; 36(5):517-24. View in: PubMed

  56. Pierce BL, Kibriya MG, Tong L, Jasmine F, Argos M, Roy S, Paul-Brutus R, Rahaman R, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Parvez F, Ahmed A, Quasem I, Hore SK, Alam S, Islam T, Slavkovich V, Gamble MV, Yunus M, Rahman M, Baron JA, Graziano JH, Ahsan H. Genome-wide association study identifies chromosome 10q24.32 variants associated with arsenic metabolism and toxicity phenotypes in Bangladesh. PLoS Genet. 2012; 8(2):e1002522. View in: PubMed

  57. Hou N, Zheng Y, Gamazon ER, Ogundiran TO, Adebamowo C, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM, Rebbeck TR, Simon MS, John EM, Hennis A, Nemesure B, Wu SY, Leske MC, Ambs S, Niu Q, Zhang J, Pierce B, Cox NJ, Olopade OI, Huo D. Genetic susceptibility to type 2 diabetes and breast cancer risk in women of European and African ancestry. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 Mar; 21(3):552-6. View in: PubMed

  58. Argos M, Kalra T, Pierce BL, Chen Y, Parvez F, Islam T, Ahmed A, Hasan R, Hasan K, Sarwar G, Levy D, Slavkovich V, Graziano JH, Rathouz PJ, Ahsan H. A prospective study of arsenic exposure from drinking water and incidence of skin lesions in Bangladesh. Am J Epidemiol. 2011 Jul 15; 174(2):185-94. View in: PubMed

  59. Pierce BL, Ahsan H. Genome-wide "pleiotropy scan" identifies HNF1A region as a novel pancreatic cancer susceptibility locus. Cancer Res. 2011 Jul 01; 71(13):4352-8. View in: PubMed

  60. Pierce BL, Austin MA, Ahsan H. Association study of type 2 diabetes genetic susceptibility variants and risk of pancreatic cancer: an analysis of PanScan-I data. Cancer Causes Control. 2011 Jun; 22(6):877-83. View in: PubMed

  61. Pierce BL, Argos M, Chen Y, Melkonian S, Parvez F, Islam T, Ahmed A, Hasan R, Rathouz PJ, Ahsan H. Arsenic exposure, dietary patterns, and skin lesion risk in bangladesh: a prospective study. Am J Epidemiol. 2011 Feb 01; 173(3):345-54. View in: PubMed

  62. Melkonian S, Argos M, Pierce BL, Chen Y, Islam T, Ahmed A, Syed EH, Parvez F, Graziano J, Rathouz PJ, Ahsan H. A prospective study of the synergistic effects of arsenic exposure and smoking, sun exposure, fertilizer use, and pesticide use on risk of premalignant skin lesions in Bangladeshi men. Am J Epidemiol. 2011 Jan 15; 173(2):183-91. View in: PubMed

  63. Pierce BL, Ahsan H. Clinical assessment incorporating a personal genome. Lancet. 2010 Sep 11; 376(9744):869; author reply 869-70. View in: PubMed

  64. Pierce BL, Ahsan H, Vanderweele TJ. Power and instrument strength requirements for Mendelian randomization studies using multiple genetic variants. Int J Epidemiol. 2011 Jun; 40(3):740-52. View in: PubMed

  65. Pierce B. An Address ON THE ABSENCE OF PROPER FACILITIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF MENTAL DISORDERS IN THEIR EARLY STAGES: Delivered at a Meeting of the Yorkshire Branch of the British Medical Association. Br Med J. 1916 Jan 08; 1(2871):41-4. View in: PubMed

  66. Argos M, Kalra T, Rathouz PJ, Chen Y, Pierce B, Parvez F, Islam T, Ahmed A, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Hasan R, Sarwar G, Slavkovich V, van Geen A, Graziano J, Ahsan H. Arsenic exposure from drinking water, and all-cause and chronic-disease mortalities in Bangladesh (HEALS): a prospective cohort study. Lancet. 2010 Jul 24; 376(9737):252-8. View in: PubMed

  67. Argos M, Rathouz PJ, Pierce BL, Kalra T, Parvez F, Slavkovich V, Ahmed A, Chen Y, Ahsan H. Dietary B vitamin intakes and urinary total arsenic concentration in the Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS) cohort, Bangladesh. Eur J Nutr. 2010 Dec; 49(8):473-81. View in: PubMed

  68. Pierce BL, Ahsan H. Genetic susceptibility to type 2 diabetes is associated with reduced prostate cancer risk. Hum Hered. 2010; 69(3):193-201. View in: PubMed

  69. Pierce BL, Kalra T, Argos M, Parvez F, Chen Y, Islam T, Ahmed A, Hasan R, Rakibuz-Zaman M, Graziano J, Rathouz PJ, Ahsan H. A prospective study of body mass index and mortality in Bangladesh. Int J Epidemiol. 2010 Aug; 39(4):1037-45. View in: PubMed

  70. Pierce BL, Ballard-Barbash R, Bernstein L, Baumgartner RN, Neuhouser ML, Wener MH, Baumgartner KB, Gilliland FD, Sorensen BE, McTiernan A, Ulrich CM. Elevated biomarkers of inflammation are associated with reduced survival among breast cancer patients. J Clin Oncol. 2009 Jul 20; 27(21):3437-44. View in: PubMed

  71. Pierce BL, Ahsan H. Case-only genome-wide interaction study of disease risk, prognosis and treatment. Genet Epidemiol. 2010 Jan; 34(1):7-15. View in: PubMed

  72. Pierce BL, Carlson CS, Kuszler PC, Stanford JL, Austin MA. The impact of patents on the development of genome-based clinical diagnostics: an analysis of case studies. Genet Med. 2009 Mar; 11(3):202-9. View in: PubMed

  73. Pierce BL, Biggs ML, DeCambre M, Reiner AP, Li C, Fitzpatrick A, Carlson CS, Stanford JL, Austin MA. C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, and prostate cancer risk in men aged 65 years and older. Cancer Causes Control. 2009 Sep; 20(7):1193-203. View in: PubMed

  74. Pierce BL, Plymate S, Ostrander EA, Stanford JL. Diabetes mellitus and prostate cancer risk. Prostate. 2008 Jul 01; 68(10):1126-32. View in: PubMed

  75. Pierce BL, Neuhouser ML, Wener MH, Bernstein L, Baumgartner RN, Ballard-Barbash R, Gilliland FD, Baumgartner KB, Sorensen B, McTiernan A, Ulrich CM. Correlates of circulating C-reactive protein and serum amyloid A concentrations in breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2009 Mar; 114(1):155-67. View in: PubMed

  76. Pierce BL, Austin MA, Crane PK, Retzlaff BM, Fish B, Hutter CM, Leonetti DL, Fujimoto WY. Measuring dietary acculturation in Japanese Americans with the use of confirmatory factor analysis of food-frequency data. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Aug; 86(2):496-503. View in: PubMed

  77. Pierce BL, Friedrichsen-Karyadi DM, McIntosh L, Deutsch K, Hood L, Ostrander EA, Austin MA, Stanford JL. Genomic scan of 12 hereditary prostate cancer families having an occurrence of pancreas cancer. Prostate. 2007 Mar 01; 67(4):410-5. View in: PubMed

  78. Dobbs MB, Gurnett CA, Pierce B, Exner GU, Robarge J, Morcuende JA, Cole WG, Templeton PA, Foster B, Bowcock AM. HOXD10 M319K mutation in a family with isolated congenital vertical talus. J Orthop Res. 2006 Mar; 24(3):448-53. View in: PubMed

  79. Helms C, Saccone NL, Cao L, Daw JA, Cao K, Hsu TM, Taillon-Miller P, Duan S, Gordon D, Pierce B, Ott J, Rice J, Fernandez-Vina MA, Kwok PY, Menter A, Bowcock AM. Localization of PSORS1 to a haplotype block harboring HLA-C and distinct from corneodesmosin and HCR. Hum Genet. 2005 Dec; 118(3-4):466-76. View in: PubMed

  80. Pierce B. Odds ratios for suicide attempts among gay and bisexual men. Am J Public Health. 2003 Jun; 93(6):857; author reply 857-8. View in: PubMed

  81. Mouton CP, Bazaldua OV, Pierce B, Espino DV. Common infections in older adults. Am Fam Physician. 2001 Jan 15; 63(2):257-68. View in: PubMed