Shenghui Wu

Dr. Wu received a MD (1999) degree in Preventive Medicine and a Master of Medicine (2005) degree in Epidemiology from Southeast University in China and obtained her PhD in Epidemiology (2015) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Epidemiology Division at Vanderbilt University. Shenghui joined the Public Health and Exercise Science faculty in 2022 and as an assistant professor in Public Health program. Her research focuses on lifestyle factors, biomarkers, and cancer as well as other diseases in populations. Shenghui was a principal investigator for multiple epidemiologic projects before joining the ASU. She has published over 68 articles, usually as the first and/or corresponding author. She has been serving as a DoD and NIH grant panel reviewer, a peer reviewer for multiple journals/conferences, and a member of multiple professional associations.


  • M.D., Preventive medicine, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, 1999

  • Master of Medicine, Epidemiology, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, 2002    

  • Ph.D., Epidemiology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2008       

  • Postdoc, chronic disease epidemiology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2010

  • Research Fellow, cancer and other chronic disease epidemiology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2014                                                              

Current Teaching

  • Princ of Epidemiology (PH 4200)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association (APHA)

  • Society for Epidemiologic Research

  • American Association for Cancer Research 

  • American Heart Association

  • American Diabetes Association

  • American Thoracic Society

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology in the evaluation of lifestyle (especially diet, physical activity, smoking, and obesity), biomarkers, and other factors for cancer and other diseases in populations. 

  • Evidence-based medicine especially meta-analysis

Selected Publications


1.    Cooper-DeHoff RM, Fontil V, Carton T, Chamberlain AM, Todd J, O'Brien EC, Shaw KM, Smith M, Choi S, Nilles EK, Ford D, Tecson KM, Dennar PE, Ahmad F, Wu S, McClay JC, Azar K, Singh R, Faulkner Modrow M, Shay CM, Rakotz M, Wozniak G, Pletcher MJ. Tracking Blood Pressure Control Performance and Process Metrics in 25 US Health Systems: The PCORnet Blood Pressure Control Laboratory. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 Nov 2;10(21):e022224. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.121.022224. Epub 2021 Oct 6. PubMed PMID: 34612048.

 2.    Wu SH*, Liu Y, Michalek J, Mesa R, Long Parma D, Rodriguez R, Mansour A, Svatek R, Tucker T, Ramirez A. Carotenoid Intake and Circulating Carotenoids Are Inversely Associated with the Risk of Bladder Cancer: A Dose-Response Meta-analysis. Advances in Nutrition. 2020 May 1;11(3):630-643. doi: 10.1093/advances/nmz120. *corresponding author.

 3.    Wu SH*, Munoz E, Liu Y, Svatek R, Mansour A, Ramirez A, Tomlinson G, Mesa R, Rodriguez R, Michalek J. Bladder Cancer Incidence and Survival in the United States and Texas Non-Latino Whites and Latinos.Bladder Cancer. 2020 Dec;6: 497-506. *corresponding author.

 4.Wu SH*, Liu Y, Williams M, Aguilar C, Mesa R, Ramirez A, Tomlinson G. Childhood Cancer Survival in the Highly Vulnerable Population of South Texas (in submission). *corresponding author.

5.    Cajipe M, Wang H, Elshabrawy A, Kaushik D, Liss M, Svatek R, Wu SH, Chowdhury WH, Ramamurthy C, Mansour AM. Pathological downstaging following radical cystectomy for muscle-invasive bladder cancer: Survival outcomes in the setting of neoadjuvant chemotherapy versus transurethral resection only. Urol Oncol 2020 Apr;38(4):231-239.

6.Wu SH*, Fisher-Hoch S, Reininger BM, Lee M, McCormick J. Fruit and Vegetables Intake is Associated with Reduced Risk for Cancer in Mexican-Americans. Nutrition & Cancer 2019 Apr 24:1-9. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2019.1603315. *corresponding author.

 7.Wu SH, Fisher-Hoch S, Reininger BM, McCormick J. Association between Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Symptoms of Mental Health Conditions in Mexican Americans. Health Psychol. 2018;37(11):1059-1066. doi:10.1037/hea0000646.

 8.Wu SH*, McCormick J, J Curran, Fisher-Hoch S. Transition from Pre-Diabetes to Diabetes and Predictors of Risk in Mexican-Americans. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity. 2017:10 491-503. DOI: 10.2147/DMSO.S136368. *corresponding author.

9.Wu SH*, Park KS. McCormick J. Effects of Exercise Training on Fat Loss and Lean Mass Gain in Mexican-American and Korean Premenopausal Women. International Journal of Endocrinology. 2017 (2017). doi:10.1155/2017/5465869. *corresponding author.

10.Wu SH, Ozaki K, Reed T, Krasnow RE, Dai J. A New Look at Genetic and Environmental Architecture on Lipids Using Non-Normal Structural Equation Modeling in Male Twins: The NHLBI Twin Study. Behav Genet. 2017 Apr 17; 47(4), 425-433. doi:10.1007/s10519-017-9841-7. 

11.Wu SH, Kim TK, WuX, Scherler K, Baxter D, Wang K, Krasnow RE, Reed T, Dai J. Circulating microRNAs and Life Expectancy among Identical Twins. Annals of Human Genetics. 2016 Sep;80(5):247-56. doi: 10.1111/ahg.12160. Epub 2016 Jul 12.

 12.Wu SH, Fisher-Hoch S, Reininger B, Vatcheva K, McCormick J. Recommended levels of Physical Activity are Associated with Reduced Risk of the Metabolic Syndrome in Mexican-Americans. PLoS One. 2016 Apr 7;11(4):e0152896. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152896. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27054324.

 13.Wu SH, Fisher-Hoch S, Reininger B, McCormick J. Meeting or Exceeding Physical Activity Guidelines is Associated with Reduced Risk for Cancer in Mexican-Americans. American Journal of Cancer Prevention. 2016, 4(1): 1-7. PMCID: PMC5438161.

 14.Wu SH, Fisher-Hoch S, Reininger B, Vatcheva K, McCormick J. Metabolic Health has Greater Impact on Diabetes than Simple Overweight/Obese in Mexican-Americans. J Diabetes Res. 2016; 4094876. doi: 10.1155/2016/4094876. Epub 2016 Jan 10. PubMed PMID: 26881247; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4736910.

 15.Wu SH, Shu XO, Milne G, Xiang YB, Zhang X, Cai Q, Fazio S, Linton MF, Chen H, Purdue M, Rothman N, Gao YT, Zheng W, Yang G. Uric acid correlates to oxidation and inflammation in opposite directions in women. Biomarkers. 2015 Jun;20(4):225-31. doi: 10.3109/1354750X.2015.1068852.

16.Wu SH*, Liu Z, Liu Z, Tse LA.  Prevalence and Risk Factors of Lower Reproductive Tract Infections among Women in an Urban Area of China. International Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology. 2015; 4(2): 115-120. *corresponding author.

17.Wu SH, Neale M, Reed T, Acton A, Considine R, Krasnow R, Dai J. Genetic and Environmental Influences on the Prospective Correlation between Elevated C-Reactive Protein and Coronary Heart Disease Death in Male Twins: the NHLBI Twin Study. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014 Sep;34(9):2168-74.

 18.Wu SH, Guo Q, Viken RJ, Reed T, Dai J. Heritability of Habitual Alcohol Hangover and Intoxication in Male Twins: the NAS-NRC Twin Registry. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2014 Aug;38(8):2307-13.

 19.Wu SH, Shu XO, Chow WH, Xiang YB, Zhang X, Li HL, Cai Q, Ji BT, Cai H, Rothman N, Gao YT, Zheng W, Yang G. Nonexercise Physical Activity and Inflammatory and Oxidative Stress Markers in Chinese Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014;23(2):159-67. 

20.Wu SH*, Liu Z. Soy food Consumption and Lung Cancer Risk: A Meta-Analysis Using a Common Measure Across Studies. Nutrition & Cancer, 2013, 65(5): 625-632. *corresponding author.

21.Wu SH*, Liu Z. Socioeconomic Development Has Stronger Effect on Stroke Mortality than on Ischemic Heart Disease Mortality in the World. International Journal of Healthcare, Insurance and Equity, 2013, 1(1). *corresponding author.

22.Wu SH, Shu XO, Chow WH, Xiang YB, Zhang X, Li HL, Milne G, Wen W, Ji BT, Cai H, Rothman N, Gao YT, Zheng W, Yang G.Adiposity and Fat Distribution in Relation to Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in a Relatively Lean Population of Chinese Women. Disease Marker, 2013, 34(4):279-93.

23.Wu SH, Woo J, Zhang XH. Worldwide Socioeconomic Development Status and Stroke Mortality: An Ecological Study. International Journal of Equity 2013, 12 (1):42.

24.Wu SH, Ho SC, Lam TP, Woo J, Yuen PY, Qin L, Ku S. Sunlight Exposure and Breast Density: A Population-Based Study. Journal of Breast Cancer, 2013,16(2):171-177.

25.Wu SH, Shu XO, Chow WH, Xiang YB, Zhang X, Li HL, Ji BT, Cai H, Gao YT, Zheng W, Yang G. Soy Food Intake and Circulating Levels of Inflammatory Markers in Chinese Women. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2012,112:996-1004.

26.Wu SH, Ho SC, Lam TP, Woo J, Yuen PY, Qin L, Ku S. Development and Validation of a Lifetime Exposure Questionnaire for Use among Chinese Populations. Sci Rep. 2013 Sep 30; 3:2793. doi: 10.1038/srep02793

27.Wu SH, Ho SC, Chau PH, Goggins W, Sham A, Woo J. Sex Differences in Stroke Incidence and Survival in Hong Kong, 2000 to 2007. Neuroepidmeiology, 2012,38(2):69-75

28.Wu SH, Tian LW, Xu F.  Induced abortion and relevant factors among women seeking abortion in Nanjing, China. Gynecol Obstet Invest, 2011,71(2):87-92. *corresponding author.

 29.Ho SC, Wu SH, Chan SG, Sham, A. Menopausal Transition and Changes of Body Composition: A Prospective Study in Chinese Perimenopausal Women. Int J Obes (Lond), 2010, 34(8):1265-74. 

30.Wu SH, Ho SC, Liu Z. Effects of Vitamin D Supplementation on Blood Pressure. South Med J, 2010,103(8):723-4.

31.Wu SH, Liu Z, Ho SC. Metabolic Syndrome and All-cause Mortality: A Meta-analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies. Eur J Epidemiol, 2010, 25(6):375-84. (Eur J Epidemiol, 2010, 25(9):669. 

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Public Health Exercise Science

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Phone: (828) 262-7466

Office address
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