Our research centers on understanding the underlying risk factors of colorectal cancer that will lead to evidence-based targeted interventions and treatments with a specific focus on the impact of race and ethnicity.
We are studying the impact of genetic variants across the genome, as well as interactions of genetic variants with lifestyle and environmental risk factors. We are also conducting large-scale studies to analyze molecular and genetic characteristics of colorectal tumors and their microenvironment in relation to host genomes, lifestyle and environmental risk factors, and survival. To translate our findings into public health practice and clinical care, we are developing comprehensive risk prediction models based on genetic, lifestyle and environmental risk factors to personalize screening decisions.
Dr. Peters is also a co-leader of the Population Architecture Using Epidemiology and Genetics (PAGE) Study which focuses on the impact of race and ethnicity on underlying genetic risk factors for common, complex diseases.