Zhao, Hua, PH.D.

My primary research centers on using a genetic/molecular epidemiological approach to study genetic susceptibility markers of cancer and their interactions with environmental and dietary exposures. My secondary research interest focuses on the social determinant of cancer disparities and identifying molecular mechanisms linking social differences and cancer outcomes.

Professor, Public Health Sciences


  • Postdoctoral fellowship in cancer molecular epidemiology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 2003-2004
  • PhD in Epidemiology, University of Texas School of Public Health, 1999-2003
  • MS in Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Cell Biology, 1995-1998
  • BS in Genetics, FuDan University, 1990-1995

Mailing Address: 

560 Rat C. Hunt Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Tel: 434-397-8111



  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Cancer disparity research

Current Research Funding:

1R21CA267975:Mitochondrial dysfunction and chronic stress intersect as mechanisms driving breast cancer racial disparities. Multiple Principal Investigator

1UO1CA260731: Homologous recombination repair capacity in peripheral blood lymphocytes as a breast cancer risk factor. Contact Principal Investigator


  • Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports, BMC Cancer, Metabolites, Molecular Epidemiology and Human Genetics
  • Standing Study Section member, Cancer and Hematologic Disorders, 1999 to 2023

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