Associate Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States


PhD from University Of Texas School Of Public Health
Molecular and genetic epidemiology of smoking-related pancreatic cancer
MS from Chinese Academy Of Preventive Medicine
Interleukin 2 system in male smokers
MD from Tongji Medical University
Environmental Medicine

Professional Interests

  • Epidemiology and outcomes of gastrointestinal cancers
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Dietary intake
  • Obesity
  • Biomarkers
  • Insulin resistance
  • Chronic inflammation

Professional Statement

Our research goals are to identify genetic and modifiable environmental risk factors for digestive cancers as well as to search for intermediate biomarkers of environment exposure and new targets for pharmaceutical or behavioral intervention. The current research is designed to understand the origin of chronic inflammation and disturbed immune homeostasis in population-based studies.

Selected Publications


American Association for Cancer Research


Advanced glycation end products and colorectal cancer risk in women
- #1R03CA156626-01
Grant funding from National Cancer Institute
Pre-diagnostic circulating concentrations of CML-AGE and sRAGE and risk of colorectal cancer in a prospective case-cohort study.
Advanced Glycation End-Products and Risk of Pancreatic Cancer
- #1R01CA172880-01A1
Grant funding from National Cancer Institute
Toll-like receptors and risk of colorectal adenoma
Gift funding from Gillson-Longenbaugh Foundation
Toll-like receptors and colorectal cancer survival
Gift funding from Golfers against cancer
Toll-like receptors, gut microbiota, and risk of colorectal adenoma
- #RP140767
CPRIT (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas)
1. Targeted serum metabolites profiling in early detection of pancreatic cancer
Grant funding from NHLBI
This study aims to identify metabolites specific to pancreatic cancer in a prospective study.


molecular epidemiology study; genetics; statistics;