Members of The Ogino MPE Lab

Much beyond the traditional concept of a lab, the MPE Laboratory exists as an unconventional, interdisciplinary multi-institutional lab without physical or intellectual boundaries – Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School (HMS), and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Principal Investigator

Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD, MS (HSPH / BWH / HMS/ Broad Institute)

Shuji Ogino, MD, Ph.D
Photo by Sam Ogden

Co-Principal Investigator

Jonathan A. Nowak, MD, PhD (BWH / HMS) (Pathology)
Assistant Professor of Pathology, BWH
Associate Pathologist, BWH

Lab Co-Leaders

Naohiko Akimoto (see below) (wet lab)
Tomotaka Ugai (see below) (dry lab, meetings, cohort analyses)
Mai Chan Lau (see below) (dry lab, computational biology, bioinformatics)

Research fellows and other trainees (background, expertise)

Naohiko Akimoto, MD, PhD (BWH / HMS) (Gastroenterology)

Kota Arima, MD, PhD (BWH / HMS) (Surgery)

Tzuu-Wang (“Alex”) Chang, PhD (BWH/HMS) (Computer Science, Bioinformatics)

Annacarolina da Silva, MD (BWH / HMS) (Pathology, Immunology) Pathology Fellow

Kenji Fujiyoshi, MD, PhD (BWH / HMS) (Surgery)

Simeng Gu, BMED (BWH/ HMS) (Epidemiology, Computational Biology)

Koichiro Haruki, MD, PhD (BWH/ DFCI / HMS) (Surgery)

Junko (“June”) Kishikawa, MD, PhD (BWH / HMS) (Surgery)

Benjamin W. Langworthy, PhD (HSPH) (Statistics), MPE Method Fellow (Liaison from / to Molin Wang’s group)

Mai Chan Lau, PhD (BWH / DFCI / HMS) (Computational Biology, Immunology)

Jooyoung Lee, PhD, MPE Method Fellow (HSPH) (Biostatistics) (Liaison from/to Molin Wang’s group)
Tomotaka Ugai, MD, PhD (BWH / HMS / HSPH) (Physician, Epidemiology)
Shan-shan Shi, PhD (BWH / HMS) (Clinical Laboratory Medicine)
Yasutoshi Takashima, MD, PhD (BWH / DFCI / HMS) (Pathology)
Juha P. Väyrynen, MD, PhD (BWH / DFCI / HMS) (Pathology)

Rong (“Tina”) Zhong, PhD (BWH/HSPH) (Epidemiology)

Research Fellows (Liaisons from other groups)

Ana Babic, PhD, MS (DFCI / HMS) (Molecular Biology, Epidemiology) (Liaison from Brian Wolpin’s and Kimmie Ng’s groups)

Andressa Dias Costa, MD (DFCI / HMS) (Pathology) (Liaison from Brian Wolpin’s and Kimmie Ng’s groups)

David A. Drew, PhD (MGH / DFCI / HMS) (Biology) (Liaison from Andrew T. Chan’s group), Instructor

Xiaosheng He, MD (MGH / HMS) (Surgery) (Liaison from Andrew T. Chan’s group)

Wenjie Ma, ScD (MGH, HMS) (Epidemiology) (Liaison from Andrew T. Chan’s group)

Sara A. Väyrynen, MD, PhD (DFCI / HMS) (Internal Medicine) (Liaison from Brian Wolpin’s group)

Computational Biologist

Carino Dias Gurjao, MS (DFCI/HMS)(Liaison from Marios Giannakis’ group)

Associate Pathologists

Phoenix Bell, MD, MS (BWH / HMS) Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellow

Melissa Zhao, MD, MS (BWH / HMS) Pathology Resident / Fellow

Research Technician

Tyler Twombly, BS
Laboratory Safety Officer
Senior Research Technician

Administrative Assistant



Fenglei Wang (PhD candidate in nutritional epidemiology) (HSPH) (Liaison from Walter Willett’s group)

Special Collaborators and Other Associated Members

Marios Giannakis, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School; Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard)

Akiko Hanyuda, MD, MPH (Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Assistant Professor at Keio University Hospital)

Kohei Hasegawa, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAM [Assistant Professor (Emergency Medicine), Harvard Medical School; Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital]

Mingyang Song, MD, ScD (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, HSPH) (MGH, HMS)

Molin Wang, PhD (Expert in MPE statistical methods, Associate Professor, BWH, HMS, HSPH)

Kana Wu, MD, PhD (Principal Research Scientist in Department of Nutrition, HSPH)

Xuehong Zhang, MB, ScD (Assistant Professor of Medicine in Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School)

Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE), MD, PhD, MS (HSPH, BWH, DFCI, HMS) (Pathology and Epidemiology)


The Ogino Lab Alumni (past members)

If you are a past member of the Ogino Lab, please feel free to email me (sogino [at] regularly.  Please give us your new contact information, as we may need to contact you for your authorship of papers.  Especially, when you move or get promoted, please let me know.   I hope to know your progress.  Generally speaking, the more often a person contacts me, the more successful she/he is.  I hope you are proud of your experience and accomplishments in the Ogino Lab.  Your continuing success is my big pride!  

Many of the past members have obtained independent positions around the world.

Saina Aminmozaffari (2018-2020)
Kota Arima (2018-2020)
Yoshifumi Baba (2008-2010, 2019), Assistant Professor, Kumamoto University, Japan
Jennifer Borowsky (2017-2018), Royal Brisbane Hospital and Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Mohan Brahmandam (2002-2006)
Mami Cantor (2001-2005, 2009)
Yin Cao (2015-2017), Assistant Professor, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA
Yang Chen (2016-2018), Medical Oncology Department, Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Hospital, China
Inga Dorfman (2005-2006)
Ruoxu Dou (2014-2015)
Chunxia Du (2016-2018), National Cancer Center/National Clinical Research Center, China
Kathryn C. Fitzgerald (2013-2015)
Kenji Fujiyoshi (2018-2020)
Kevin Golden (2009-2010)
Mancang Gu (2015-2017), Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, PR China
Simeng Gu (2018-2019)
Chunguang Guo (2018-2019), Department of Pancreatic and Gastric Surgery, Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China
Tsuyoshi Hamada (2015-2018), Department of Gastroenterology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Akiko Hanyuda (2014-2016) (who continues to be an associate lab member), Assistant Professor, Keio University, Japan
Marika Hayashi (2009-2010)
Yu Imamura (2010-2013), Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Tokyo, Japan
Kentaro Inamura (2012-2015), Staff Pathologist, The Cancer Institute of Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Japan
Natsumi Irahara (2008-2009), Roche
Seungyoun Jung (2012-2013), Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, MD, USA
Takako Kawasaki (2003-2008)
NaNa Keum (2015-2017), Assistant Professor, Dongguk University, Goyang, South Korea
Sun A Kim (2013-2015), National Institute of Health, MD, USA
Gregory J Kirkner (2003-2010), Senior Data Programmer Analyst, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, MA, USA
Hideo Koh (2016-2017), Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan
Keisuke Kosumi (2016-2018), Assistant Professor, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kumamoto University
Aya Kuchiba (2010-2013), Staff Biostatistician, National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan
Shoko Kure (2008-2009)
Chenxi Li (2017-2018), Attending Doctor, Assistant Professor, the First Affiliated Hospital of PLA General Hospital, Beijing, PR China
Peilong Li, (2017-2018), Postdoctoral fellow, The Second Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan, China
Ruitong Li, (2018-2020), Associate Computational Biologist, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, MA, USA
Tingting Li (2013-2015)
Yu Li (2014-2016), Massachusetts General Hospital
Wanwan Li (2015-2017)
Wenbin Li (2016-2017), Cancer Hospital, National Cancer Center, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, PR China
Xiaoyun Liao (2010-2013)
Hongli Liu (2017-2018), Wuhan Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hubei, PR China
Li Liu (2016-2018), The School of Public Health, Tongji  Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hubei, PR China
Paul Lochhead (2011-2012), Massachusetts General Hospital, MA, USA
Atsuhiro Masuda (2014-2015), Assistant Professor, Kobe University, Japan
Yohei Masugi, (2015-2017), Assistant Professor, Keio University, Japan
Kosuke Mima (2013-2016), Assistant Professor, Kumamoto University, Japan
Teppei Morikawa (2010-2012), Associate Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan
Xinmeng Jasmine Mu (2015-2017), Principal Scientist, Pfizer Inc.
Daniel Nevo (2015-2018), Assistant Professor (Biostatistics), Tel Aviv University, Israel
Akihiro Nishi (2011-2016), Assistant Professor, UCLA University California Los Angeles, CA, USA
Reiko Nishihara (2010-2019), Principal Scientist, Computational Biology in the Integrative Biology group at Pfizer Inc., USA
Katsuhiko Nosho (2007-2010), Assistant Professor, Sapporo Medical University, Japan
Akiyo Ogawa (2006)
Mutsuko Ohnishi (2007-2008), Harvard School of Dental Medicine, MA, USA
Ayano O’Reily (2009)
Zhi Rong Qian (Zhirong Qian) (2011-2017), Professor, PR China
Kaori Sato (? -2015)
Jeanne Shen (2011-2012)
Yan Shi, MD, PhD (2015-2018), Associate Professor, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, PR China
Sung Kwan Shin (2013-2014), Professor, Yonsei University, South Korea
Kaori Shima (2008-2011), Assistant Professor, Kagoshima University, Japan
Mingyang Song (2013-18), Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA
Thing Rinda Soong, MD, PhD, MPH, Acting Assistant Professor, University of Washington, WA, USA
Yuko Suemoto (2007-2008)
Yasutaka Sukawa (2013-2015), Keio University, Japan
Ruifang Sun (2011-2012)
Maiko Suzuki (2010),  Assistant Professor, Dental College of Georgia, Augusta University, GA, USA
Noriko Tanaka (2009-2010), Division Chief, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Japan
Saori Toyoda (2008-2009)
Chong Xu (2002)
Taiki Yamaji (2006), Staff Scientist, National Cancer Center, Japan
Mai Yamauchi (2010-2014)
Juhong Yang (2014-2015)
Mika Yasunari (2013-2014)
Jing Zhou (2003)