Kana Wu

Department Associate




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.


Western-Style Diet, pks Island-Carrying Escherichia coli, and Colorectal Cancer: Analyses From Two Large Prospective Cohort Studies.

Arima K, Zhong R, Ugai T, Zhao M, Haruki K, Akimoto N, Lau MC, Okadome K, Mehta RS, Väyrynen JP, Kishikawa J, Twombly TS, Shi S, Fujiyoshi K, Kosumi K, Ogata Y, Baba H, Wang F, Wu K, Song M, Zhang X, Fuchs CS, Sears CL, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL, Meyerhardt JA, Garrett WS, Huttenhower C, Chan AT, Nowak JA, Giannakis M, Ogino S.

Gastroenterology. 2022 10. 163(4):862-874. PMID: 35760086