Dana Loomis, Ph.D.



Dana Loomis returned to the University of Nevada, Reno in 2018 from service at the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), where he led a unit responsible for carcinogen risk assessment. His previous positions include appointments as Director of the the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences and before that as Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. His scientific interests include the health effects of environmental and occupational exposures, global health and methodology for risk assessment and systematic review. He has over 240 scientific publications that have been cited more than 6700 times and a Web of Science H-index of 45. He has directly supervised more than 30 master’s students, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows and has served on graduate committees of more than 50 additional students at U.S. and international institutions.

Selected publications

Selected Publications

  • Loomis D, Richardson DB, Elliott L. Quantitative Relationships of Exposure to Chrysotile Asbestos and Mesothelioma Mortality. Am J Ind Med 2019;62:471-477.
  • Kumar Honaryar M, Lunn RM, Luce D, Ahrens W, Mannetje A, Hansen J, Bouaoun L, Loomis D, Byrnes D, Vilahur N, Stayner L, Guha N. Welding fumes and lung cancer: a meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies. Occup Environ Med 2019 doi: 10.1136/oemed-2018-105447.
  • Bamia C, Turati F, Guha N, van den Brandt P, Loomis D, Ferraroni M, La Vecchia C, Tavani A, Guercio V. The role of coffee consumption in breast and ovarian cancer risk: updated meta-analyses. Epidemiology Biostatistics and Public Health 2019;16:13078-1-25. doi: 10.2427/13078.
  • Loomis D, Guha N, Kogevinas M, Fontana V, Gennaro V, Kolstad H, McElvenny DM, Sallmen M, Saracci R. Cancer mortality in an international cohort of reinforced plastics workers exposed to styrene: a reanalysis. Occup Environ Med (in press).
  • Loomis D, Guha N, Hall A, Straif K. Identifying occupational carcinogens: an update from the IARC Monographs. Occup Environ Med 2018;75:593-603.
  • Hamra GB, Richardson DB, Dement J, Loomis D. Lung Cancer Risk Associated with Regulated and Unregulated Chrysotile Asbestos Fibers. Epidemiology. 2017:28;275-280.
  • Loomis D, Guyton KZ, Grosse Y, El Ghissassi F, Bouvard V, Benbrahim-Tallaa L, Mattock H, Straif K; International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph Working Group. Carcinogenicity of benzene. Lancet Oncol. 2017;18(12):1574-1575.
  • Guha N, Guyton KZ, Loomis D, Kumar Barupal D. Prioritizing chemicals for risk assessment using chemoinformatics: examples from IARC Monographs on pesticides. Environ Health Perspect 2016;124:1823-1829.
  • Loomis D, Guyton K, Grosse Y, El Ghissasi F, Bouvard V, Benbrahim-Tallaa L, Guha N, Mattock H, Straif K; International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph Working Group. Carcinogenicity of lindane, DDT, and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. Lancet Oncol. 2015 Aug;16(8):891-2.
  • Hamra GB, Guha N, Cohen AJ, Laden F, Raaschou-Neilsen O, Samet J, Vineis P, Forastiere F, Saldiva PHN, Yorifuji T, Loomis D. Outdoor particulate matter exposure and lung cancer risk: a systematic review and meta- analysis. Environmental Health Perspectives 2014:122(9):906-11.
  • Loomis D, Dement JM, Elliott L, Richardson DB, Kuempel E, Stayner LT. Increased lung cancer mortality among chrysotile asbestos textile workers is more strongly associated with exposure to long, thin fibers. Occup Environ Med 2012;69:564-8.
  • Elliott L, Loomis D, Dement J, Hein MJ, Richardson D, Stayner L. Lung cancer mortality in North Carolina and South Carolina asbestos textile workers. Occup Environ Med 2012;69:385-90.
  • Dement JM, Loomis D, Richardson D, Wolf SH, Kuempel ED. Estimates of historical exposures by phase contrast and transmission electron microscopy for pooled exposure-response analyses of North Carolina and South Carolina, USA asbestos textile cohorts. Occup Environ Med 2011;68:593-598.


  • Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 1989
  • MSPH, Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 1986