Jennifer Rider

Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology

677 Huntington Avenue
Department of Epidemiology, Room 920B
Boston, Massachusetts 02115



My primary research interests involve using population-based studies of genetic, circulating, and tumor biomarkers to investigate the role of inflammation and infections in carcinogenesis. I also have a more general interest in prostate cancer epidemiology and the identification of patient and tumor characteristics that could reduce overtreatment. Collaborating with research pathologists, urologists, medical oncologists, molecular biologists, immunologists, virologists, and bioinformaticists, I have utilized data from a large Swedish population-based studies (CaPS and PCBaSe) and a Swedish randomized trial (SPCG-4), Swedish clinical cohorts, the Physicians’ Health Study, and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Through collaborations with Swedish and US-based investigators, I am expanding my research focus to study the role of infections on various malignancies. I am involved in ongoing studies of HPV infection in penile carcinoma and tumors of the head and neck, as well as the role of the oral microbiome in cancer.




ScD (Epidemiology), 2008, Harvard School of Public Health

MPH, 2004, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

BS (Zoology), 1997, University of Wisconsin – Madison


Other Affiliations


Assistant Professor, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Member, Cancer Epidemiology Program at Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center