Karin Michels

Karin Michels

Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology

221 Longwood Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: 617.732.4895

Other Affiliations

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Dr. Michels’ research focuses on epigenetic epidemiology, perinatal risk factors for breast cancer and the role of nutrition in cancer etiology.

Dr. Michels is currently studying predictors of loss of imprinting and gene silencing in utero and potential implications for susceptibility to cancer.

Dr. Michels is also exploring the role of body weight throughout lifecourse on the risk of premenopausal breast cancer and related underlying mechanisms.


M.S., 1991, Columbia University School of Public Health (Epidemiology)
M.P.H, 1994, Harvard School of Public Health (Quantitative Methods)
Sc.D., 1995, Harvard School of Public Health (Epidemiology)
M.Sc., 1996, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Medical Statistics)
Ph.D., 2005, Cambridge University (Biostatistics)


Michels KB. Epigenetic Epidemiology. Springer 2012