An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sophia S. Wang, Ph.D.

Professor, Division of Health Analytics, Department of Population Sciences
Research Focus
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Hematopoietic malignancies
  • Gynecologic tumors
  • Stroke and related cardiovascular endpoints
  • Childhood cancers and conditions
  • Immune biomarkers
  • Infectious and viral causes of cancer
Email: [email protected]
Other Languages Spoken
  • Chinese

Dr. Wang is a molecular epidemiologist with expertise in cancer etiology and survivorship research. She completed her training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.) and The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Ph.D.). For her doctoral dissertation, she identified interactions between hepatitis B infection and aflatoxin exposure in increased risk for hepatocellular carcinoma in China. 

Dr. Wang completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Office of Genetics and Disease Prevention and the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases as part of the team that investigated the avian influenza outbreak (H9N2) in Hong Kong, China. 

Prior to joining the City of Hope, Dr. Wang was an intramural investigator at the National Cancer Institute where she conducted extensive research on the genetics of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and served as the principal investigator to the Study to Understand Cervical Cancer Early Endpoints and Determinants (SUCCEED) where she sought to identify molecular characteristics along the carcinogenic pathway. 

Since joining the City of Hope, Dr. Wang has continued these lines of research and has further expanded her research into the California Teachers Study cohort where she is integrally involved in its biobanking efforts to understand the molecular tumor characteristics of cancers and the role of inflammation in cancer etiology and survival. She is a Professor in the Department of Population Sciences’ Division of Health Analytics. 


City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 East Duarte Road

Duarte, CA 91010

Journal Editor

  • 2009 - present, Editorial Board, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention
  • 2009 - 2014, Editorial Board, Leukemia and Lymphoma
  • 2011 - present, Editorial Board, American Journal of Epidemiology
  • 2011 - present, Review Editor, Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
  • 2011 - present, Senior Editorial Board, International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics
  • 2013 - present, Editorial Board, Cancer Research

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