W. Ryan Diver, MSPH

Director, Epidemiology Data Analysis Core

W. Ryan Diver, MSPH is a cancer epidemiologist and director of the Epidemiology Data Analysis Core responsible for providing statistical analysis services for epidemiologic research with large ACS cohort studies (CPS-1, CPS-II, and CPS-3). Diver leads a team of 4 master’s level epidemiologists whose primary responsibility is to conduct statistical analyses on the causes of cancer for publication in the scientific literature in collaboration with internal doctoral staff and external scientific collaborators.

Divers work focuses on several main areas. First, Diver and his team utilize software packages to run statistical models that evaluate scientific hypotheses on the causes of cancer, and specialize in survival analysis with prospective survey data. He is responsible for managing the analysis activities of 4 staff, and providing oversight of statistical programming practices, data analysis methods, data archiving, and training of new Masters level epidemiologists within the program. He serves as the groups’ liaison with the larger Research and IT departments on computing issues, and is a member of the Epidemiology Leadership Team. In addition to overseeing analyses, Diver also pursues his own research interests focused on environmental and occupational exposures, and has contributed to the organization’s responses on environmental issues.

Since 2002, Diver has been a part of the Epidemiology Research Program at ACS. He began as a programmer conducting statistical analyses on cancer etiology in collaboration with doctoral staff focused on nutritional and genetic epidemiology. During that time, he conducted some of the programs first genomics analyses which lead to involvement in major research consortia including the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3), the Cancer Genetic Markers of Susceptibility project, and NCI led genomics consortia on bladder, lung, kidney, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In 2009, Diver took responsibility for management of analyses in the program and began pursuing his own research agenda on environmental and occupational exposures. He has published on tobacco smoke (both active smoking and second-hand smoke) and NHL subtypes, and is conducting research on childhood second-hand smoke exposure with other cancer outcomes. Other recent research includes work on shiftwork and prostate cancer, radon exposure and NHL, and air pollution and mortality.

Diver has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.

• MSPH, Epidemiology and Environmental/Occupational Health, Emory University, 2002