Catherine Metayer MD, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology and Epidemiology/Biostatistics
  • PhD - Epidemiology, Tulane School of Public Health, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • MD - University of Bordeaux II, France
  • BS - Mathematics, France
  • PH 258 - Epidemiology of Neoplastic Diseases (Co-Instructor)
Research Interests: 
  • Environmental epidemiology of cancer
  • Genetic epidemiology of cancer
  • Children's health
Research Description: 

Dr. Metayer is an epidemiologist whose work currently focuses on genetic and environmental risk factors of leukemia and other cancers in children, adolescents, and young adults. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she was a Visiting Scientist at the U.S. National Cancer Institute investigating the risk of second primary cancers.

Current Projects: 

Dr. Metayer's research portfolio focuses on the associations between genetic factors, environmental exposures, birth characteristics, medical conditions, and vitamin supplementation and the risk of childhood leukemia. Her research also investigates risk factors for early-onset solid cancers including rhabdomyosarcoma and testicular germ cell tumors. 

She is the Principal Investigator of the California Childhood Leukemia Study and the Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE,, a federally funded Program Project for Children's Environmental Health Centers in the United States. She is also the Chair of the Childhood Leukemia International Consortium Studies (CLIC), and leads pooled analyses with several case-control studies worldwide.

Selected Publications: 

Metayer C, Petridou E, Mejía Aranguré JM, Roman E. et al. Parental tobacco smoking and acute myeloid leukemia in children: the Childhood Leukemia International Consortium. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Aug 15;184(4):261-73.

Metayer C, Scelo G, Kang AY, Gunier RB, et al. A Task-based Assessment of Parental Occupational Exposure to Organic Solvents and Other Compounds and the Risk of Childhood Leukemia in California. Environmental Research. 2016 Aug 2;151:174-183.

Singer AW, Selvin S, Block G, Golden C, Carmichael SL, Metayer C. Maternal prenatal intake of one-carbon metabolism nutrients and risk of childhood leukemia. Cancer Causes Control. 2016 Jul;27(7):929-40.

Metayer C, Milne E, Dockerty JD, et al. Maternal supplementation with folic acid and other vitamins before and during pregnancy and risk of leukemia in the offspring: a Childhood Leukemia International Consortium study. Epidemiology. 2014 Nov;25(6):811-22.

Metayer C, Zhang L, Wiemels JL, et al. Tobacco smoke exposure and the risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic and myeloid leukemias by cytogenetic subtype. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. 2013;22(9):1600-1611.

Whitehead TP, Metayer C, Petreas MX, et al. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in residential dust: sources of variability. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2013;121(5):543-550.

Metayer C, Colt JS, Buffler PA, et al. Exposure to herbicides in house dust and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. 2013;23(4):363-370.

Chokkalingam AP, Metayer C, Scelo GA, et al. Variation in xenobiotic transport and metabolism genes, household chemical exposures, and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cancer Causes and Control. 2012; 23(8):1367-1375.

Metayer C, Scelo G, Chokkalingam AP, et al. Genetic variants in the folate pathway and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cancer Causes Control. 2011. 22(9):1243-1258.

Bartley K, Metayer C, Selvin S, et al. Diagnostic X-rays and risk of childhood leukaemia. Int J Epidemiol. 2010;39(6):1628-1637.

Ward MH, Colt JS, Metayer C, et al. Residential exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides and risk of childhood leukemia. Environ Health Perspect. 2009;117(6):1007-1013.

Scelo G, Metayer C, Zhang L, Wiemels JL, et al. Household exposure to paint and petroleum solvents, chromosomal translocations, and the risk of childhood leukemia. Environ Health Perspect. 2009;117(1):133-139.

Kwan ML, Metayer C, Crouse V, et al. Maternal illness and drug/medication use during the period surrounding pregnancy and risk of childhood leukemia among offspring. Am J Epidemiol. 2007;165(1):27-35.

Metayer C, Curtis RE, Vose J, et al. Myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia after autotransplantation for lymphoma: a multicenter case-control study. Blood. 2003;101(5):2015-2023.

Metayer C, Wang Z, Kleinerman RA, et al. Cooking oil fumes and risk of lung cancer in women in rural Gansu, China. Lung Cancer. 2002;35(2):111-117.

Metayer C, Lynch CF, Clarke EA, et al. Second cancers among long-term survivors of Hodgkin's disease diagnosed in childhood and adolescence. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2000;18(12):2435-2443.

Metayer C, Johnson ES, Rice JC. Nested case-control study of tumors of the hemopoietic and lymphatic systems among workers in the meat industry. Am J Epidemiol. 1998;147(8):727-738.

Other interests: 
  • Member of the French National Society of Physicians (Ordre National des Médecins)
  • Member, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
Profile Updated: October 8, 2018