Contact Information
Sophia S. Wang, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor, Cancer Etiology
  • Associate Professor, Cancer Etiology, PopSci-Team

Languages Spoken
  • English

Professional Experience

  • 2009 - present, Member, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2009 - present, Associate Professor, Division of Cancer Etiology, Department of Population Sciences, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2008 - 2009, Senior Investigator (Tenured), Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD
  • 2000 - 2008, Investigator (Tenure-Track), Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD
  • 1999, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, detailed to Influenza Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Atlanta GA and Hong Kong, China
  • 1998 - 2000, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Office of Genetics and Disease Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA


  • 1998, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, M.D., Ph.D., Epidemiology
  • 1992, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, B.S., Biology, with Music Minor


  • 2008, U.S. Government - Ten Years Service Award
  • 2007, National Cancer Institute - Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics Mentoring Award
  • 2006, National Institutes of Health Merit Award
  • 2006, National Institutes of Health Bench to Bedside Award

  • 1998, Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society


  • 2011 - present, Member (elected), American Epidemiological Society (AES)
  • 2011 - present, Editorial Board, The American Journal of Epidemiology
  • 2011 - present, International Lymphoma Epidemiology (InterLymph) Consortium, Coordinating Committee (elected)
  • 2010 - present, California Teachers Study, Steering Committee
  • 2009 - present, NCI-SEER Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) Study Steering Committee
  • 2009 - present, Editorial Board, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention
  • 2009 - present, Editorial Board, Leukemia and Lymphoma
  • 2001 - present, Molecular Epidemiology Group, AACR
  • 1998 - present, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)


  • bdou AM, Gao X, Cozen W, ... Wang SS. Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) Class I and II, Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) G-308A, and Risk of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Leukemia. 2010 (E-pub, Feb 11).
  • Skibola CF, Bracci PM, Nieters N, ... Wang SS. Polymorphisms in TNF and LTA are associated with increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the InterLymph Consortium. Am J Epidemiol 2010;171(3):267-76.
  • Wang SS, Purdue M, Cerhan JR, et al. Common genetic variations in the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and TNF receptor superfamilies and nuclear factor kappa beta transcription factors and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Plos One 2009;4(4):e5360.
  • Lan Q, Morton LM, Armstrong B, ... Wang SS. Genetic variation in caspase genes and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a pooled analysis of 3 population-based case-control studies. Blood 2009;114:264-7.
  • Colt JS, Rothman N, Severson RK, ... Wang SS. Exposure to organochlorines, genetic variation in immune function genes, and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Blood 2009; 113(9):1899-905.
  • Wang SS, Maurer MJ, Morton LM, et al. Polymorphisms in DNA repair and one-carbon metabolism genes and overall survival in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and follicular lymphoma. Leukemia 2009; 23(3):596-602.
  • Morton LM, Wang SS, Cozen W, et al. Etiologic heterogeneity among non-Hodgkin lymphoma subtypes. Blood 2008; 112(13):5150-60.
  • Habermann TM, Wang S, Maurer MJ, et al. Host immune gene polymorphisms in combination with clinical and demographic factors predict survival in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Blood 2008;112(7):2694-702.
  • Wang SS, Davis S, Hartge P, et al. Chromosomal aberrations in peripheral blood lymphocytes and risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. J Natl Cancer Inst 2008;39:78-82.
  • Wang SS, Cozen W, Cerhan J, et al. Immune mechanisms in non-Hodgkin lymphoma: joint effects of the TNF G308A and IL10 T3575A polymorphisms with non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk factors. Cancer Res 2007;67:5042-54.