Peter Kraft, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Peter Kraft is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also the Deputy Director of Harvard Chan School’s Program in Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics, and Co-Director of the Program in Quantitative Genomics.

Dr. Kraft’s research concentrates on the design and analysis of genetic association studies, with particular emphasis on studies linking variation in germline DNA to cancer risk. He has played a key role in multiple international consortia studying the genetics of cancer risk over the last ten years and has been a member of the statistical working group of the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium since its inception. Dr. Kraft played a leading role in the design and analysis of GWAS of breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers as part of the NCI’s Cancer Genetic Markers of Susceptibility and PanScan projects and chairs the Analytic Working Group for the NCI's "post-GWAS" GAME-ON consortium, which aims to better understand the biological mechanisms underlying GWAS-identified cancer risk markers at five cancer sites (including breast and lung) and their public health implications.

Dr. Kraft’s current methodological research focuses on methods that link low-frequency variation, emerging functional annotation, and risk of complex disease and genetic risk prediction using common and rare genetic variation as well as clinical and environmental risk factors.