Jennifer R. Rider, ScD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MPH, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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 general interest in prostate cancer epidemiology and the identification of patient and tumor characteristics that could reduce overdiagnosis and 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. Moreover, I am pursuing projects that investigate malignancies in HIV-infected populations, including a study to shed light on the lower incidence of prostate cancer in HIV-positive compared to HIV-negative men.

2016 European Urology: Top 5 Most Downloaded Papers of 2016
2013 Harvard Medical School: The Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine
2013 European Urology: Best Clinical Research Paper of 2013
2012-2015 Prostate Cancer Foundation: Michael and Lori Milken-PCF Young Investigator Award
2012 American Urological Association, AUA Annual Meeting: Best Poster in Session
2012 Prostate Cancer Foundation, American Urological Association Annual Meeting: First Place Abstract
2011-2013 Harvard School of Public Health: Teaching Commendation
2009-2015 National Cancer Institute: NIH Loan Repayment Program Recipient
2008-2009 American Association of Cancer Research: Scholar-in-Training Award
2007 Harvard College: Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
2006 American Association of Cancer Research: Scholar-in-Training Award
2005 American Urological Association: Travel Award
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Sinnott JA, Brumberg K, Wilson KM, Ebot EM, Giovannucci EL, Mucci LA, Rider JR. Differential Gene Expression in Prostate Tissue According to Ejaculation Frequency. Eur Urol. 2018 May 18. PMID: 29784192.
  2. Erlandsson A, Carlsson J, Andersson SO, Vyas C, Wikström P, Andrén O, Davidsson S, Rider JR. High inducible nitric oxide synthase in prostate tumor epithelium is associated with lethal prostate cancer. Scand J Urol. 2018 Apr; 52(2):129-133. PMID: 29307261; DOI: 10.1080/21681805.2017.1421261;.
  3. Börnigen D, Ren B, Pickard R, Li J, Ozer E, Hartmann EM, Xiao W, Tickle T, Rider J, Gevers D, Franzosa EA, Davey ME, Gillison ML, Huttenhower C. Alterations in oral bacterial communities are associated with risk factors for oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Sci Rep. 2017 Dec 15; 7(1):17686. PMID: 29247187.
  4. Davidsson S, Andren O, Ohlson AL, Carlsson J, Andersson SO, Giunchi F, Rider JR, Fiorentino M. FOXP3+ regulatory T cells in normal prostate tissue, postatrophic hyperplasia, prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, and tumor histological lesions in men with and without prostate cancer. Prostate. 2018 Jan; 78(1):40-47. PMID: 29105795.
  5. Stopsack KH, Gerke TA, Andrén O, Andersson SO, Giovannucci EL, Mucci LA, Rider JR. Cholesterol uptake and regulation in high-grade and lethal prostate cancers. Carcinogenesis. 2017 08 01; 38(8):806-811. PMID: 28595267.
  6. Ebot EM, Gerke T, Labbé DP, Sinnott JA, Zadra G, Rider JR, Tyekucheva S, Wilson KM, Kelly RS, Shui IM, Loda M, Kantoff PW, Finn S, Vander Heiden MG, Brown M, Giovannucci EL, Mucci LA. Gene expression profiling of prostate tissue identifies chromatin regulation as a potential link between obesity and lethal prostate cancer. Cancer. 2017 Nov 01; 123(21):4130-4138. PMID: 28700821.
  7. Pernar CH, Fall K, Rider JR, Markt SC, Adami HO, Andersson SO, Valdimarsdottir U, Andrén O, Mucci LA. A Walking Intervention Among Men With Prostate Cancer: A Pilot Study. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2017 Dec; 15(6):e1021-e1028. PMID: 28668276.
  8. Giunchi F, Jordahl K, Bollito E, Colecchia M, Patriarca C, D'Errico A, Vasuri F, Malvi D, Fornari A, Bonetti LR, Corti B, Papotti M, DeGiuli P, Loda M, Montironi R, Fiorentino M, Rider JR. Interpathologist concordance in the histological diagnosis of focal prostatic atrophy lesions, acute and chronic prostatitis, PIN, and prostate cancer. Virchows Arch. 2017 Jun; 470(6):711-715. PMID: 28405833; DOI: 10.1007/s00428-017-2123-1;.
  9. Rider JR. Invited commentary re: Nair-Shalliker V et al., Adult body size, sexual history and adolescent sexual development, may predict risk of developing prostate cancer: Results from the New Wales Lifestyle and Evaluation of Risk Study (CLEAR). Practice Update: Urology. 2017. View Publication
  10. Pettersson A, Gerke T, Fall K, Pawitan Y, Holmberg L, Giovannucci EL, Kantoff PW, Adami HO, Rider JR, Mucci LA. The ABC model of prostate cancer: A conceptual framework for the design and interpretation of prognostic studies. Cancer. 2017 May 01; 123(9):1490-1496. PMID: 28152172; DOI: 10.1002/cncr.30582;.
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cancer etiology
infection-associated cancers
prostate cancer
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