Jay H. Lubin, Ph.D.

Scientist Emeritus

Biostatistics Branch


9609 Medical Center Drive
Room SG/7E614
Rockville, MD 20850



Research Topics

Throughout his career, Dr. Jay Lubin has applied his expertise in the development of statistical methods for designing and analyzing complex epidemiologic studies. In particular, he was a driving force in a series of seminal investigations that have elucidated the effects of tobacco, radon, arsenic, pesticides, and other environmental exposures on the incidence of lung cancer and other malignancies such as thyroid cancer and leukemia. His impact on statistical and epidemiological research has led to significant advances in cancer risk assessment, public health, and public policy.


Dr. Lubin received a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Washington. He joined the NCI as a staff fellow in 1978. Dr. Lubin received the PHS Special Recognition Award in 1993, and was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1994. He has served on numerous expert committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Council for Radiation Protection and Measurements. In 1999, Dr. Lubin was selected DCEG Mentor of the Year by the training fellows in the Division, and in 2005 was given the DCEG Exemplary Service Award for his outstanding contributions to biostatistics, radiation epidemiology, statistical software development, mentoring, and national and international advisory committees. He retired from government service in 2011, continuing his work as a volunteer. Dr. Lubin was named Scientist Emeritus in 2012.

Selected Publications

  1. Lubin JH, Muscat J, Gaudet MM, Olshan AF, Curado MP, Dal Maso L, W√ľnsch-Filho V, Sturgis EM, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Castellsague X, Zhang ZF, Smith E, Fernandez L, Matos E, Franceschi S, Fabianova E, Rudnai P, Purdue MP, Mates D, Wei Q, Herrero R, Kelsey K, Morgenstern H, Shangina O, Koifman S, Lissowska J, Levi F, Daudt AW, Neto JE, Chen C, Lazarus P, Winn DM, Schwartz SM, Boffetta P, Brennan P, Menezes A, La Vecchia C, McClean M, Talamini R, Rajkumar T, Hayes RB, Hashibe M. An examination of male and female odds ratios by BMI, cigarette smoking, and alcohol consumption for cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx in pooled data from 15 case-control studies. Cancer Causes Control. 2011;22(9):1217-31.

  2. Hoppin JA, Long S, Umbach DM, Lubin JH, Starks SE, Gerr F, Thomas K, Hines CJ, Weichenthal S, Kamel F, Koutros S, Alavanja M, Beane Freeman LE, Sandler DP. Lifetime organophosphorous insecticide use among private pesticide applicators in the Agricultural Health Study. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2012;22(6):584-92.

  3. Veiga LH, Holmberg E, Anderson H, Pottern L, Sadetzki S, Adams MJ, Sakata R, Schneider AB, Inskip P, Bhatti P, Johansson R, Neta G, Shore R, de Vathaire F, Damber L, Kleinerman R, Hawkins MM, Tucker M, Lundell M, Lubin JH. Thyroid Cancer after Childhood Exposure to External Radiation: An Updated Pooled Analysis of 12 Studies. Radiat Res. 2016;185(5):473-84.

  4. Lubin JH, Albanes D, Hoppin JA, Chen H, Lerro CC, Weinstein SJ, Sandler DP, Beane Freeman LE. Greater Coronary Heart Disease Risk With Lower Intensity and Longer Duration Smoking Compared With Higher Intensity and Shorter Duration Smoking: Congruent Results Across Diverse Cohorts. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017;19(7):817-825.

  5. Lubin JH, Adams MJ, Shore R, Holmberg E, Schneider AB, Hawkins MM, Robison LL, Inskip PD, Lundell M, Johansson R, Kleinerman RA, de Vathaire F, Damber L, Sadetzki S, Tucker M, Sakata R, Veiga LHS. Thyroid Cancer Following Childhood Low-Dose Radiation Exposure: A Pooled Analysis of Nine Cohorts. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2017;102(7):2575-2583.

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