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 obtained training in kinesiology, statistics, physical activity promotion, nutritional epidemiology, circadian and sleep epidemiology, and transdisciplinary research in cancer. Dr. Yang has conducted several observational and intervention studies examining the impact of obesity, physical activity, and sedentary behavior on cancer risk and cancer patient outcomes.

Dr. Yang joined CEPR in 2018. Using a transdisciplinary approach, her research program integrates methodologies from clinical research, epidemiology, and implementation science to elucidate the biological mechanisms of energy balance and cancer to inform personalized interventions paving the way towards sustainable scaling-up. Projects in her program incorporate cutting-edge technologies in novel biological markers assessment and 24-hour activity monitoring to identify modifiable dimensions of daily activity as risk factors of cancer and the impact on cancer progression; leverage intervention studies to examine the optimal type, dose, and timing of exercise to improve patient reported and clinical outcomes across the cancer care continuum; and actively work with healthcare teams to harmonize innovative movement-based interventions in the cancer care pathway.

Dr. Yang’s program has established collaborations with clinician-scientists, exercise physiologists, engineers, and genetic epidemiologists within and beyond Canada. Dr. Yang and her team have published over 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts in leading scholarly journals and are currently being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiologic study design
  • Energy balance and cancer
  • Biological mechanisms
  • Wearable device
  • Mind-body exercise
  • Implementation science

Current Appointments

Research Scientist
Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Alberta Health Services – Cancer Care 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