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Hua Zhao, Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Prevention and Control

Department affiliations

Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, School of Medicine


MS, Shanghai Institute of Cell Biology, China (1998)
PhD, The University of Texas (2003)

Research description

The themes of my research program are two-fold. First, we focus on identifying genetic and phenotypic factors that are associated with cancer risk and outcomes following cancer diagnosis. The goal is to develop these predictors into strategies for risk-­stratified screening, treatment, and follow-up recommendations to avoid adverse events, improve quality of life, and ultimately reduce mortality. I have conducted research identifying genetic and phenotypic predictors of cancer risk and clinical outcomes through genome-wide, global, and targeted approaches, including genetic variants, gene, microRNA and lncRNA expression profiling, DNA methylation patterns, and metabolomics. I have ongoing molecular epidemiologic studies in breast cancer, glioma, melanoma, and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Second, I have research interest in studying cancer racial disparity. I attempt to discover etiological and modifiable factors with the risk of developing cancer, obesity, and other chronic diseases in minority populations.

Disease focus of research

Breast, GI, Neuro-Oncology, Prostate

Research keywords

,Cancer risk behaviors,Cancer disparities,Obesity

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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