School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer

Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Oncology
87 E. Canfield Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Research Interests:

  • Genetic Epidemiology of Genitourinary Cancers
  • Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Prostate Cancer
  • Racial Disparity in Prostate Cancer Risk and Outcomes

Research Description:
Dr. Beebe-Dimmer’s research focuses on the epidemiology of genitourinary cancers, primarily cancers of the prostate and urinary bladder. Since joining the KCI / Wayne State University faculty in 2007, most of her effort has been devoted to the study of racial disparities in prostate cancer incidence and outcome, particularly the role that obesity and associated co-morbidities play in this disparity. She is currently in the fifth year of a Career Development Award from the NIH to enhance her training in genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics. Her work from the Flint Men’s Health Study, a population-based study of prostate disease in African American men, and her collaborations with Henry Ford and WSU investigators investigate the association between metabolic syndrome, aggressive prostate cancer and biochemical recurrence.

Selected Publications:

Giri VN, Beebe-Dimmer JL. Familial prostate cancer. Semin Oncol. 2016;43:560-5.

Beebe-Dimmer JL, Fryzek JP, Yee CL, Dalvi TB, Garabrant DH, Schwartz AG, Gadgeel S. Mesothelioma in the United States: a Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare investigation of treatment patterns and overall survival. Clin Epidemiol. 2016;8:743-50.

Cooney KA, Beebe-Dimmer JL. HOXB13 mutations and prostate cancer risk. BJU Int. 2016 ;118:496-7.

Beebe-Dimmer JL, Hathcock M, Yee C, Okoth LA, Ewing CM, Isaacs WB, Cooney KA, Thibodeau SN. The HOXB13 G84E Mutation Is Associated with an Increased Risk for Prostate Cancer and Other Malignancies. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015;24:1366-72.

Beebe-Dimmer JL, Yee C, Cote ML, Petrucelli N, Palmer N, Bock C, Lane D, Agalliu I, Stefanick ML, Simon MS. Familial clustering of breast and prostate cancer and risk of postmenopausal breast cancer in the Women's Health Initiative Study. Cancer. 2015;121:1265-72.

Ho WJ, Simon MS, Yildiz VO, Shikany JM, Kato I, Beebe-Dimmer JL, Cetnar JP, Bock CH. Antioxidant micronutrients and the risk of renal cell carcinoma in the Women's Health Initiative cohort. Cancer. 2015;121:580-8.

Davis EJ, Beebe-Dimmer JL, Yee CL, Cooney KA. Risk of second primary tumors in men diagnosed with prostate cancer: a population-based cohort study. Cancer. 2014;120:2735-41.

Neslund-Dudas C, Levin AM, Beebe-Dimmer JL, Bock CH, Nock NL, Rundle A, Jankowski M, Krajenta R, Dou QP, Mitra B, Tang D, Rebbeck TR, Rybicki BA. Gene-environment interactions between JAZF1 and occupational and household lead exposure in prostate cancer among African American men. Cancer Causes Control. 2014;25:869-79.

Beebe-Dimmer JL, Isaacs WB, Zuhlke KA, Yee C, Walsh PC, Isaacs SD, Johnson AM, Ewing CE, Humphreys EB, Chowdhury WH, Montie JE, Cooney KA. Prevalence of the HOXB13 G84E prostate cancer risk allele in men treated with radical prostatectomy. BJU Int. 2014;113:830-5.

Schottenfeld D, Beebe-Dimmer JL, Buffler PA, Omenn GS. Current perspective on the global and United States cancer burden attributable to lifestyle and environmental risk factors. Annu Rev Public Health. 2013;34:97-117.

Beebe-Dimmer JL, Freedland SJ. Androgen deprivation therapy: further confirmation of known harms. BJU Int. 2013;111:690-1.

Education and Training
BA (1992): University of Wisconsin
MPH (1997): University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
PhD Epidemiological Sciences (2001): University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Post-Doc in Urology (2002-2004): University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Cancer Biology Courses Taught:
CB7430 Cancer Epidemiology