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Faculty Member

Morteza Bashash BSc, MSc, PhD

Email Address(es)
Epidemiology Division
Occupational & Environmental Health Division
Adjunct Lecturer

Research Interests

  • Molecular-Environmental Epidemiology

Dr. Bashash is a core member of the Toronto branch of the Environmental and Molecular Epidemiology Group (EMERG;, a multi-disciplinary and multi-national team of investigators have conducted large longitudinal and case-control studies of environmental risk factors and gene-environment interactions in relation to neurodevelopmental delays in children and chronic disease states in adults.  EMERG has been continuously funded by grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health since 1991.  Through collaborations based at the University of Toronto, Harvard University and the University of Michigan, EMERG has primary oversight of or access to laboratories conducting high through-put genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, and other chemistry and haematological panels; environmental exposure biomarkers; biostatistics and bioinformatics; and extensive biorepositories containing EMERG population samples.

  • Cancer Epidemiology

Dr. Bashash is interested in studies examining the effects of host genetic polymorphisms on cancer susceptibility and survival and how they interact with environmental exposure and treatment modalities. He also interested in studies about cancer health disparities, cancer in underserved populations and cancer in different ethnical groups.  Currently, with the collaboration of Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health and Cancer Care Ontario he is involved in a community-based First Nation cancer study in northern Ontario.