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Nicole D. Urban

Research Professor Emeritus, Health Services


ScD   Harvard University, 1978   (Biostatistics, Health Services Admin)
MS   Harvard University, 1973   (Biostatistics)
BA   Simmons College, 1970   (English Literature)

Contact Info


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N., MP900
Seattle, WA 98109-1024

campus box:   358080
voice:   206-667-6774
fax:   206-667-7850


Nicole Urban is a Member of the Cancer Prevention Research Program of the Public Health Sciences Division and Program Head of the Gynecologocal Cancer Research Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is also the Scientific Director of the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. For the past 10 years Dr. Urban has studied ways to improve the use, performance and efficacy of breast and ovarian cancer screening tools. She is particularly interested in the evaluation of markers detectable in serum for use in cancer screening.

Breast/ovarian cancer screening; cost-effectiveness analysis

Andersen MR, Thorpe J, Buist DS, Beatty JD, Watabayashi K, Hanson N, Resta R, Chubak J, Urban N. Cancer risk awareness and concern among women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Behav Med. 2014 Jul 25:0. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 25062114    PMCID: PMC4469617

Buas MF, Gu H, Djukovic D, Zhu J, Drescher CW, Urban N, Raftery D, Li CI. Identification of novel candidate plasma metabolite biomarkers for distinguishing serous ovarian carcinoma and benign serous ovarian tumors. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Oct 30. pii: S0090-8258(15)30168-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2015.10.021. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26521694    PMCID: PMC5310763

Schummer M, Thorpe J, Giraldez M, Bergan L, Tewari M, Urban N. Evaluating Serum Markers for Hormone Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer. PLoS One. 2015 Nov 13;10(11):e0142911. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142911. eCollection 2015.  PMID: 26565788    PMCID: PMC4643893

Urban N, Hawley S, Janes H, Karlan BY, Berg CD, Drescher CW, Manson JE, Palomares MR, Daly MB, Wactawski-Wende J, O'Sullivan MJ, Thorpe J, Robinson RD, Lane D, Li CI, Anderson GL. Identifying post-menopausal women at elevated risk for epithelial ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Nov;139(2):253-60. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2015.08.024. Epub 2015 Sep 3.  PMID: 26343159    PMCID: PMC4664187

Schully SD, Carrick DM, Mechanic LE, Srivastava S, Anderson GL, Baron JA, Berg CD, Cullen J, Diamandis EP, Doria-Rose VP, Goddard KA, Hankinson SE, Kushi LH, Larson EB, McShane LM, Schilsky RL, Shak S, Skates SJ, Urban N, Kramer BS, Khoury MJ, Ransohoff DF. Leveraging biospecimen resources for discovery or validation of markers for early cancer detection. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Feb 16;107(4). pii: djv012. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djv012. Print 2015 Apr.  PMID: 25688116