Bettina Drake, PhD, MPH

Bettina Drake, PhD, MPH

Primary Academic Title

Professor of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine

Research Interest

Identifying the modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors for cancer as well as the at-risk groups for these factors; utilizing epidemiologic methods to understand the interactions between behavioral and biologic determinants of adverse cancer outcomes; and contributing to the translation of epidemiological findings into behavioral interventions at the individual and population level.


  • 2003: MPH, epidemiology, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth
  • 2006: PhD, epidemiology, University of South Carolina, Columbia


  • 2006 - 2009: Postdoctoral fellow, social epidemiology, Harvard University, Boston

Selected Research Publications

Characterizing prostate cancer risk through multi-ancestry genome-wide discovery of 187 novel risk variants.
  • Wang A, Shen J, Rodriguez AA, [...] Drake BF, [...] Haiman CA
  • Nat Genet 2023
NCCN Guidelines® Insights: Prostate Cancer Early Detection, Version 1.2023.
  • Moses KA, Sprenkle PC, Bahler C, [...] Drake BF, [...] Freedman-Cass DA
  • J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2023
Strategies to Achieve Breast Health Equity in the St. Louis Region and Beyond over 15+ Years.
  • Drake B, James A, Miller H, [...] Thompson VS
  • Cancers (Basel) 2022
A Rare Germline HOXB13 Variant Contributes to Risk of Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry.
  • Darst BF, Hughley R, Pfennig A, [...] Drake BF, [...] Haiman CA
  • Eur Urol 2022

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