Mingyang Song

Research Fellow

Department of Nutrition


My research efforts focus on the role of diet, lifestyle factors and genetics in the development of colorectal neoplasia, a leading cause of cancer death in the United States and around the world. In particular, I am interested in understanding how inflammation influences the course of colorectal cancer evolution and identifying preventive factors that can be exploited to perturb this process. Much  of my work is based on two large prospective cohort studies, the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, using a variety of instruments, including dietary assessment, genetic test and biomarker measurement in plasma and tissue specimens. Recently, as the growing evidence indicates a critical role of the gut microbes in human health and disease, I am investigating how the gut microbiota interacts with host diet and genetics to affect energy balance, immune homeostasis and and cancer development.




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