Fangyi Gu, MD, ScD Fangyi Gu, MD, ScD

Fangyi Gu

Clinical Epidemiology

Special Interests:

Cancer chronotherapy Circadian disruption and cancer risk and survival Smoking and smoking cessation at the oncology setting Epidemiology Methods Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Circadian Rhythm and Chrono-Behavior Exposure and Cancer Risk

About Fangyi Gu


I joined Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as an assistant member in 2017. Before coming to Roswell, I had seven years of training and work experience at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute (NCI), first as a postdoctoral fellow, then as an employee. I received an MD degree from Beijing Medical University in China in 2001, and an ScD from Harvard School of Public Health in 2010, with epidemiology as my major concentration. Biostatistics, and genetic and molecular epidemiology were my minors.

I developed two research portfolios at NCI: 1) Smoking, genetic and molecular biomarkers, and lung cancer risk and screening; 2) Circadian rhythm, sleep, biomarkers and cancer. Here at Roswell, I plan to integrate my research expertise with the unique resources at Roswell Park to develop my future trajectories, such as studying smoking and smoking cessation, as well as circadian rhythm in oncology settings and/or populations of different ethnicities, with the purpose of cancer prevention, and improving patients’ survival and quality of life.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Assistant Professor of Oncology
  • Department of Cancer Prevention & Control


Education and Training:

  • 2010 - PhD - Harvard School of Public Health, Epidemiology
  • 2004 - Beijing Union Medical College, Cardiovascular Epidemiology
  • 2001 - MD - Beijing Medical University, Medicine, Public Health


  • 2010-2015 - PostDoctoral Fellowship, Smoking and Cancer Epidemiology
  • 2008-2009 - Harvey Fineberg Fellowship, HSPH, Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
  • 2006-2008 - Cabot Fund for International Scholars Award, HSPH, Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
  • 2004-2006 - Charles H. Hennekens Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Epidemiology

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Sleep Research Society

Honors & Awards:

  • 2016 - Diverse Career Development Award, NCI, Shady Grove, MD
  • 2015 - Outstanding 2014 Research Paper by a DCEG Fellow, NCI, Shady Grove, MD
  • 2013 - Fellows Award for Research Excellence in National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD


Full Publications list on PubMed
  • Gu F*, Zhang H, Hyland PL, Berndt S, Gapstur SM, Wheeler W, the ELLIPSE consortium … Schernhammer E, Yu K, Landi M, Caporaso NE. Inherited variation in circadian rhythm genes and risks of prostate cancer and three other cancer sites in combined cancer consortia. Int J Cancer. 2017 July (in press)
  • Gu F*, Derkach A, Freedman ND, Landi M, Albanes E, Weinstein SJ, Mondul AM, Matthews CE, Guertin KA, Xiao Q, Zheng W, Shu X, Sampson JN, Moore SC, Caporaso NE. Cigarette smoking behavior and blood metabolomics. Int J Epidemiol. 2016 Oct;45(5):1421-1432 (PMID:26721601)
  • Gu F*, Xiao Q, Chu LW, Yu K, Matthews CE, Hsing AW, Caporaso NE. Sleep Duration and Cancer in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study Cohort. PloS one. 2016 Sep; 11(9):e01615 (PMID: 27611440)
  • Gu F, Han J, Laden F, Pan A, Caporaso NE, Stampfer MJ, Kawachi I, Rexrode KM, Willett WC, Hankinson SE, Speizer FE, Schernhammer ES. Night-shift work and all cause mortality in Nurses’ Health Study. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Mar;48(3):241-52. (PMID:25576495)
  • Gu F*, Wacholder S, Kovalchik S, Panagiotou OS, Reyes-Guzman C, Freedman ND, De Matteis S, Consonni D, Bertazzi PA, Bergen AW, Landi MT, Caporaso NE. Time to first morning cigarette (TTFC) and lung cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014, Jun 19;106(6). (PMID: 24948709)

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