Eric J. Jacobs, PhD

Senior Scientific Director, Epidemiology Research


Eric J. Jacobs conducts research on tobacco, obesity and the causes and prevention of prostate, pancreatic, and colorectal cancer. Within the behavioral and epidemiology research group, he provides expertise in epidemiologic methods relevant to cohort studies and oversees collection of prostate tissue samples in the Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS). 


Jacobs’ research interests focus on the health effects of aspirin use, tobacco, and obesity, and the epidemiology of prostate, pancreatic, and colorectal cancer. In 2013, Jacobs led epidemiologic analyses of the relationships between smoking and various causes of death that were used to generate the widely cited government estimate, published in a 2014 report of the U.S. Surgeon General, that cigarettes cause over 480,000 deaths in the United States each year.  His ongoing research includes examining the influence of excess weight at different times in life on risk of pancreatic cancer. 


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1996
  • MS, Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1993


For a full list of Jacob’s publications, visit his Google Scholar page.