Research Scientist

Kana Wu

Principal Research Scientist



As a trained physician, nutrition and cancer epidemiologist, and a longtime research member of three large cohorts, the Nurses' Health Study, Nurses' Health Study 2, and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, my research activities focus on studying the relationship between diet, lifestyle, and risk of cancers. To illuminate insight into the complex pathways driving carcinogenesis, I am leading multidisciplinary projects integrating diet, lifestyle, and genetic risk factors with plasma and tumor tissue biomarkers. In another line of research, I examine the contribution of early life exposures and genetic susceptibility to the etiology of early onset cancers.


Association of Fusobacterium nucleatum with Specific T-cell Subsets in the Colorectal Carcinoma Microenvironment.

Borowsky J, Haruki K, Lau MC, Dias Costa A, Väyrynen JP, Ugai T, Arima K, da Silva A, Felt KD, Zhao M, Gurjao C, Twombly TS, Fujiyoshi K, Väyrynen SA, Hamada T, Mima K, Bullman S, Harrison TA, Phipps AI, Peters U, Ng K, Meyerhardt JA, Song M, Giovannucci EL, Wu K, Zhang X, Freeman GJ, Huttenhower C, Garrett WS, Chan AT, Leggett BA, Whitehall VLJ, Walker N, Brown I, Bettington M, Nishihara R, Fuchs CS, Lennerz JK, Giannakis M, Nowak JA, Ogino S.

Clin Cancer Res. 2021 Feb 25. PMID: 33632927