Biomedical Research Education & Training
Faculty Member

Zheng, Wei, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center
Chief, Division of Epidemiology
Professor of Medicine
Anne Potter Wilson Chair in Medicine

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Academic history
M.D., Shanghai Medical University
MPH, Shanghai Medical University/Cancer Institute
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

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2525 West End Avenue, 8th Floor, Room 833

Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, IMPH 2525 West End Avenue, 8th Floor 37203

Research Specialty
Research interests: Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers, nutrition, host susceptibility


Fu, Z, Shrubsole, MJ, Li, G, Smalley, WE, Hein, DW, Chen, Z, Shyr, Y, Cai, Q, Ness, RM, Zheng, W. Using gene-environment interaction analyses to clarify the role of well-done meat and heterocyclic amine exposure in the etiology of colorectal polyps. Am J Clin Nutr, 96(5), 1119-28, 2012

Long, J, Cai, Q, Sung, H, Shi, J, Zhang, B, Choi, JY, Wen, W, Delahanty, RJ, Lu, W, Gao, YT, Shen, H, Park, SK, Chen, K, Shen, CY, Ren, Z, Haiman, CA, Matsuo, K, Kim, MK, Khoo, US, Iwasaki, M, Zheng, Y, Xiang, YB, Gu, K, Rothman, N, Wang, W, Hu, Z, Liu, Y, Yoo, KY, Noh, DY, Han, BG, Lee, MH, Zheng, H, Zhang, L, Wu, PE, Shieh, YL, Chan, SY, Wang, S, Xie, X, Kim, SW, Henderson, BE, Le Marchand, L, Ito, H, Kasuga, Y, Ahn, SH, Kang, HS, Chan, KY, Iwata, H, Tsugane, S, Li, C, Shu, XO, Kang, DH, Zheng, W. Genome-wide association study in east Asians identifies novel susceptibility loci for breast cancer. PLoS Genet, 8(2), e1002532, 2012

Nechuta, S, Shu, XO, Li, HL, Yang, G, Ji, BT, Xiang, YB, Cai, H, Chow, WH, Gao, YT, Zheng, W. Prospective cohort study of tea consumption and risk of digestive system cancers: results from the Shanghai Women''s Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr, 96(5), 1056-63, 2012

Shu, XO, Long, J, Lu, W, Li, C, Chen, WY, Delahanty, R, Cheng, J, Cai, H, Zheng, Y, Shi, J, Gu, K, Wang, WJ, Kraft, P, Gao, YT, Cai, Q, Zheng, W. Novel genetic markers of breast cancer survival identified by a genome-wide association study. Cancer Res, 72(5), 1182-9, 2012

Wen, W, Cho, YS, Zheng, W, Dorajoo, R, Kato, N, Qi, L, Chen, CH, Delahanty, RJ, Okada, Y, Tabara, Y, Gu, D, Zhu, D, Haiman, CA, Mo, Z, Gao, YT, Saw, SM, Go, MJ, Takeuchi, F, Chang, LC, Kokubo, Y, Liang, J, Hao, M, Le Marchand, L, Zhang, Y, Hu, Y, Wong, TY, Long, J, Han, BG, Kubo, M, Yamamoto, K, Su, MH, Miki, T, Henderson, BE, Song, H, Tan, A, He, J, Ng, DP, Cai, Q, Tsunoda, T, Tsai, FJ, Iwai, N, Chen, GK, Shi, J, Xu, J, Sim, X, Xiang, YB, Maeda, S, Ong, RT, Li, C, Nakamura, Y, Aung, T, Kamatani, N, Liu, JJ, Lu, W, Yokota, M, Seielstad, M, Fann, CS, , , Wu, JY, Lee, JY, Hu, FB, Tanaka, T, Tai, ES, Shu, XO. Meta-analysis identifies common variants associated with body mass index in east Asians. Nat Genet, 44(3), 307-11, 2012

Zhang, B, Shrubsole, MJ, Li, G, Cai, Q, Edwards, T, Smalley, WE, Ness, RM, Zheng, W. Association of genetic variants for colorectal cancer differs by subtypes of polyps in the colorectum. Carcinogenesis, 2012

Cai, Q, Long, J, Lu, W, Qu, S, Wen, W, Kang, D, Lee, JY, Chen, K, Shen, H, Shen, CY, Sung, H, Matsuo, K, Haiman, CA, Khoo, US, Ren, Z, Iwasaki, M, Gu, K, Xiang, YB, Choi, JY, Park, SK, Zhang, L, Hu, Z, Wu, PE, Noh, DY, Tajima, K, Henderson, BE, Chan, KY, Su, F, Kasuga, Y, Wang, W, Cheng, JR, Yoo, KY, Lee, JY, Zheng, H, Liu, Y, Shieh, YL, Kim, SW, Lee, JW, Iwata, H, Le Marchand, L, Chan, SY, Xie, X, Tsugane, S, Lee, MH, Wang, S, Li, G, Levy, S, Huang, B, Shi, J, Delahanty, R, Zheng, Y, Li, C, Gao, YT, Shu, XO, Zheng, W. Genome-wide association study identifies breast cancer risk variant at 10q21.2: results from the Asia Breast Cancer Consortium. Hum Mol Genet, 20(24), 4991-9, 2011

Cai, Q, Wen, W, Qu, S, Li, G, Egan, KM, Chen, K, Deming, SL, Shen, H, Shen, CY, Gammon, MD, Blot, WJ, Matsuo, K, Haiman, CA, Khoo, US, Iwasaki, M, Santella, RM, Zhang, L, Fair, AM, Hu, Z, Wu, PE, Signorello, LB, Titus-Ernstoff, L, Tajima, K, Henderson, BE, Chan, KY, Kasuga, Y, Newcomb, PA, Zheng, H, Cui, Y, Wang, F, Shieh, YL, Iwata, H, Le Marchand, L, Chan, SY, Shrubsole, MJ, Trentham-Dietz, A, Tsugane, S, Garcia-Closas, M, Long, J, Li, C, Shi, J, Huang, B, Xiang, YB, Gao, YT, Lu, W, Shu, XO, Zheng, W. Replication and functional genomic analyses of the breast cancer susceptibility locus at 6q25.1 generalize its importance in women of chinese, Japanese, and European ancestry. Cancer Res, 71(4), 1344-55, 2011

Zhang, B, Beeghly-Fadiel, A, Long, J, Zheng, W. Genetic variants associated with breast-cancer risk: comprehensive research synopsis, meta-analysis, and epidemiological evidence. Lancet Oncol, 12(5), 477-88, 2011

Zheng, W, McLerran, DF, Rolland, B, Zhang, X, Inoue, M, Matsuo, K, He, J, Gupta, PC, Ramadas, K, Tsugane, S, Irie, F, Tamakoshi, A, Gao, YT, Wang, R, Shu, XO, Tsuji, I, Kuriyama, S, Tanaka, H, Satoh, H, Chen, CJ, Yuan, JM, Yoo, KY, Ahsan, H, Pan, WH, Gu, D, Pednekar, MS, Sauvaget, C, Sasazuki, S, Sairenchi, T, Yang, G, Xiang, YB, Nagai, M, Suzuki, T, Nishino, Y, You, SL, Koh, WP, Park, SK, Chen, Y, Shen, CY, Thornquist, M, Feng, Z, Kang, D, Boffetta, P, Potter, JD. Association between body-mass index and risk of death in more than 1 million Asians. N Engl J Med, 364(8), 719-29, 2011

Long, J, Cai, Q, Shu, XO, Qu, S, Li, C, Zheng, Y, Gu, K, Wang, W, Xiang, YB, Cheng, J, Chen, K, Zhang, L, Zheng, H, Shen, CY, Huang, CS, Hou, MF, Shen, H, Hu, Z, Wang, F, Deming, SL, Kelley, MC, Shrubsole, MJ, Khoo, US, Chan, KY, Chan, SY, Haiman, CA, Henderson, BE, Le Marchand, L, Iwasaki, M, Kasuga, Y, Tsugane, S, Matsuo, K, Tajima, K, Iwata, H, Huang, B, Shi, J, Li, G, Wen, W, Gao, YT, Lu, W, Zheng, W. Identification of a functional genetic variant at 16q12.1 for breast cancer risk: results from the Asia Breast Cancer Consortium. PLoS Genet, 6(6), e1001002, 2010

Nechuta, SJ, Shu, XO, Li, HL, Yang, G, Xiang, YB, Cai, H, Chow, WH, Ji, B, Zhang, X, Wen, W, Gao, YT, Zheng, W. Combined impact of lifestyle-related factors on total and cause-specific mortality among Chinese women: prospective cohort study. PLoS Med, 7(9), 2010

Shu, XO, Long, J, Cai, Q, Qi, L, Xiang, YB, Cho, YS, Tai, ES, Li, X, Lin, X, Chow, WH, Go, MJ, Seielstad, M, Bao, W, Li, H, Cornelis, MC, Yu, K, Wen, W, Shi, J, Han, BG, Sim, XL, Liu, L, Qi, Q, Kim, HL, Ng, DP, Lee, JY, Kim, YJ, Li, C, Gao, YT, Zheng, W, Hu, FB. Identification of new genetic risk variants for type 2 diabetes. PLoS Genet, 6(9), 2010

Yang, G, Gao, YT, Shu, XO, Cai, Q, Li, GL, Li, HL, Ji, BT, Rothman, N, Dyba, M, Xiang, YB, Chung, FL, Chow, WH, Zheng, W. Isothiocyanate exposure, glutathione S-transferase polymorphisms, and colorectal cancer risk. Am J Clin Nutr, 91(3), 704-11, 2010

Zheng, W, Wen, W, Gao, YT, Shyr, Y, Zheng, Y, Long, J, Li, G, Li, C, Gu, K, Cai, Q, Shu, XO, Lu, W. Genetic and clinical predictors for breast cancer risk assessment and stratification among Chinese women. J Natl Cancer Inst, 102(13), 972-81, 2010

Lee, SA, Shu, XO, Li, H, Yang, G, Cai, H, Wen, W, Ji, BT, Gao, J, Gao, YT, Zheng, W. Adolescent and adult soy food intake and breast cancer risk: results from the Shanghai Women''s Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr, 89(6), 1920-6, 2009

Zheng, W, Long, J, Gao, YT, Li, C, Zheng, Y, Xiang, YB, Wen, W, Levy, S, Deming, SL, Haines, JL, Gu, K, Fair, AM, Cai, Q, Lu, W, Shu, XO. Genome-wide association study identifies a new breast cancer susceptibility locus at 6q25.1. Nat Genet, 41(3), 324-8, 2009

Zhang, X, Shu, XO, Yang, G, Li, H, Cai, H, Gao, YT, Zheng, W. Abdominal adiposity and mortality in Chinese women. Arch Intern Med, 167(9), 886-92, 2007

Cai, Q, Gao, YT, Chow, WH, Shu, XO, Yang, G, Ji, BT, Wen, W, Rothman, N, Li, HL, Morrow, JD, Zheng, W. Prospective study of urinary prostaglandin E2 metabolite and colorectal cancer risk. J Clin Oncol, 24(31), 5010-6, 2006

Wen, W, Shu, XO, Gao, YT, Yang, G, Li, Q, Li, H, Zheng, W. Environmental tobacco smoke and mortality in Chinese women who have never smoked: prospective cohort study. BMJ, 333(7564), 376, 2006

Zhang, X, Shu, XO, Li, H, Yang, G, Li, Q, Gao, YT, Zheng, W. Prospective cohort study of soy food consumption and risk of bone fracture among postmenopausal women. Arch Intern Med, 165(16), 1890-5, 2005

Shu, XO, Jin, F, Dai, Q, Wen, W, Potter, JD, Kushi, LH, Ruan, Z, Gao, YT, Zheng, W. Soyfood intake during adolescence and subsequent risk of breast cancer among Chinese women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 10(5), 483-8, 2001

Zheng, W, Gustafson, DR, Sinha, R, Cerhan, JR, Moore, D, Hong, CP, Anderson, KE, Kushi, LH, Sellers, TA, Folsom, AR. Well-done meat intake and the risk of breast cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst, 90(22), 1724-9, 1998

Postdoctoral Position Available

Postdoctoral Position Details
Multiple post-doctoral fellow and faculty positions are available to work on molecular, genetic, and nutritional epidemiology of cancer.

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