Dr. Lin Yang is an epidemiologist in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research. Her research primarily focuses on the role of energy balance in cancer prevention and survivorship. She has conducted several observational and intervention studies examining the impact of obesity, physical activity and sedentary behavior on cancer risk and patient outcomes in cancer survivors. With that, she is also interested in elucidating the biological and psychological mechanisms of energy balance and cancer to inform personalized interventions paving the way towards sustainable scaling-up.

Prior to joining the department, she was an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Medical University of Vienna. Dr. Yang has a multidisciplinary background including kinesiology, statistics and epidemiology. She has conducted studies within varies studies including the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer-Norfolk study (UK), Nurses’ Health Study (US), National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (US nationally representative), and one of the first large scale quasi-experiments – Commuting and Health in Cambridge study (UK) –  investigating the impact of major transport infrastructural intervention on health outcomes using GIS measures.

Research Interests

  • Body composition
  • Physical activity and sedentary behavior
  • Cancer prevention
  • Patient reported outcome
  • Built environment
  • Dissemination and implementation

Current Appointments

Research Scientist
Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Alberta Health Services – CancerControl Alberta
Calgary, Alberta

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Oncology and Community Health Sciences
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Education and Training

  • 2013-2015  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Center, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • 2009-2012  Ph.D, Epidemiology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • 2004-2008  M.S. Kinesiology & Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA
  • 2004-2007  M.S. Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA
  • 1999-2003  B.S. Exercise Science, Beijing Sports University, Beijing, China