Yin Cao, ScD, MPH

Yin Cao, ScD, MPH

Primary Academic Title

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine

Research Interest

Dr. Cao’s research group specializes in systems and translational cancer epidemiology with an overarching goal to develop precision-based cancer prevention/control strategies. Our current projects incorporate novel high-throughput technologies (genomics, microbiome, proteomics, accelerometers) into large-scale collaborative population-based/clinical studies to address provocative questions in gastrointestinal cancer prevention, including but not limited to the etiology of sporadic cancers among younger adults, the biological basis for cancer disparity, and the role of host-microbial interactions in carcinogenesis. Dr. Cao holds secondary appointment in the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine.


  • 2013: ScD, epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston
  • 2009: MPH, epidemiology, Columbia University, New York


  • 2013 - 2015: Postdoctoral fellow, nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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