Yin Cao, ScD, MPH

  • Phone: 314-747-3925


Graduate School

ScD: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA. 2013
MPH: Columbia University, New York, NY. 2009

Post Doctoral Education

Research Fellow: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA. 2013-2015.

Research Interests

Dr. Cao is a cancer epidemiologist focusing on risk prediction, screening and early detection, and chemoprevention of major cancers, particularly gastrointestinal malignancies. She has extensive training and research experience in genetic, molecular, and nutritional epidemiology, and was an Instructor of Medicine at the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School (2015-2017) before joining Washington University. Her research areas include the etiology and early detection of young onset colorectal cancer, the role of microbiome and host immunity in carcinogenesis, and the development of precision aspirin chemoprevention guidelines. She will utilize multiple -omic technologies, advanced prediction tools (e.g. machine learning), as well as methods in comparative effectiveness research (e.g. decision modeling), to develop personalized cancer prevention and early detection strategies.

Contact Information

660 S. Euclid Ave.
Campus Box 8100
St. Louis MO 63110
(314) 747-3925

PubMed page for Dr. Cao

Cao Lab website