mechanisms for interindividual variability in drug response and toxicity. His research has resulted in more than 300 publications.
Anna H. Wu, Ph.D., received her undergraduate degree in physiology at the University of California, Berkeley and her doctoral degree in public health (Epidemiology) from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1983. She became Assistant Professor at University of Southern California in 1984, Associate Professor in 1994, and Full Professor with tenure in 2002. Early in her career, she conducted a series of lung cancer studies to determine the role of indoor air pollution from passive smoking, cooking and heating fuels/fumes, and other factors in explaining the high rates of lung cancer in Chinese women when few were active smokers. She continues to have a strong interest in lung cancer research, particularly to better understand hormone-related effects on lung diseases. Dr. Wu’s current research activities are focused in two main areas. One area is devoted to studying the etiology of breast and ovarian cancers. A second area of Dr. Wu’s current research is cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, including adenocarcinomas of the colon, stomach, and esophagus. These studies are aimed at identifying environmental and genetic determinants of these cancers. Although most of these studies are aimed at understanding causes of cancers, Dr. Wu is now expanding her work to also identify lifestyle and genetic factors that may influence treatment response and cancer outcome.