Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer

Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer



Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer

Office Address

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

Beebe-Dimmer JL, Ruterbusch JJ, Bylsma LC, Gillezeau C, Fryzek J, Schultz NM, Flanders SC, Barlev A, Heath E, Quek RGW. Correction to: Patterns of Bicalutamide Use in Prostate Cancer Treatment: A U.S. Real-World Analysis Using the SEER-Medicare Database. Adv Ther. 2018;35:1452.

Cooney KA, Beebe-Dimmer JL. Finding a Needle in the Haystack: The Search for Germline Variants Associated with Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes. Eur Urol. 2018;pii:S0302-2838(18)30479-2.

Beebe-Dimmer JL, Ruterbusch JJ, Bylsma LC, Gillezeau C, Fryzek J, Schultz NM, Flanders SC, Barlev A, Heath E, Quek RGW. Patterns of Bicalutamide Use in Prostate Cancer Treatment: A U.S. Real-World Analysis Using the SEER-Medicare Database. Adv Ther. 2018;35:1438-1451.

Levin RA, Lund ME, Truong Q, Wu A, Shore ND, Saltzstein DR, Concepcion RS, Paivanas TA, van Breda A, Beebe-Dimmer J, Ruterbusch JJ, Wissmueller S, Campbell DH, Walsh BJ. Development of a reliable assay to measure glypican-1 in plasma and serum reveals circulating glypican-1 as a novel prostate cancer biomarker. Oncotarget. 2018;9:22359-22367.

Campbell DH, Lund ME, Nocon AL, Cozzi PJ, Frydenberg M, De Souza P, Schiller B, Beebe-Dimmer JL, Ruterbusch JJ, Walsh BJ. Detection of glypican-1 (GPC-1) expression in urine cell sediments in prostate cancer. PLoS One. 2018;13:e0196017.

Paximadis P, Beebe-Dimmer JL, George J, Schwartz AG, Wozniak A, Gadgeel S. Comparing Treatment Strategies for Stage I Small-cell lung Cancer. Clin Lung Cancer. 2018;19:e559-e565.

Schwartz KL, Simon MS, Bylsma LC, Ruterbusch JJ, Beebe-Dimmer JL, Schultz NM, Flanders SC, Barlev A, Fryzek JP, Quek RGW. Clinical and economic burden associated with stage III to IV triple-negative breast cancer: A SEER-Medicare historical cohort study in elderly women in the United States. Cancer. 2018;124:2104-14.

Farran B, Dyson G, Craig D, Dombkowski A, Beebe-Dimmer JL, Powell IJ, Podgorski I, Heilbrun L, Bolton S, Bock CH. A study of circulating microRNAs identifies a new potential biomarker panel to distinguish aggressive prostate cancer. Carcinogenesis. 2018;39:556-61.

Beebe-Dimmer JL, Zuhlke KA, Johnson AM, Liesman D, Cooney KA. Rare germline mutations in African American men diagnosed with early-onset prostate cancer. Prostate. 2018;78:321-326.

Simon MS, Beebe-Dimmer JL, Hastert TA, Manson JE, Cespedes Feliciano EM, Neuhouser ML, Ho GYF, Freudenheim JL, Strickler H, Ruterbusch J, Barac A, Chlebowski R, Caan B. Cardiometabolic risk factors and survival after breast cancer in the Women's Health Initiative. Cancer. 2018;124:1798-807.

Beebe-Dimmer JL, Yee C, Paskett E, Schwartz AG, Lane D, Palmer NRA, Bock CH, Nassir R, Simon MS. Family history of prostate and colorectal cancer and risk of colorectal cancer in the Women's health initiative. BMC Cancer. 2017;17:848.

Bock CH, Jay AM, Dyson G, Beebe-Dimmer JL, Cote ML, Hou L, Howard BV, Desai P, Purrington K, Prentice R, Simon MS. The effect of genetic variants on the relationship between statins and breast cancer in postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative observational study. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018;167:741-9.

Thakur MK, Ruterbusch JJ, Schwartz AG, Gadgeel SM, Beebe-Dimmer JL, Wozniak AJ. Risk of Second Lung Cancer in Patients with Previously Treated Lung Cancer: Analysis of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Data. J Thorac Oncol. 2018;13:46-53.

Kabat GC, Kim MY, Lee JS, Ho GY, Going SB, Beebe-Dimmer J, Manson JE, Chlebowski RT, Rohan TE. Metabolic Obesity Phenotypes and Risk of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017;26:1730-35.


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

Courses Taught

CB7430 Cancer Epidemiology

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