Lin Yang

Dr. Lin Yang



Adjunct Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Oncology

Adjunct Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences


Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute


O'Brien Institute for Public Health


Libin Cardiovascular Institute

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

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Educational Background

BSc Movement science , Beijing Sport University, 2003

MSc Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2007

MSc Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2008

PhD Medical Science , University of Cambridge, 2022



Dr. Lin Yang is an epidemiologist in the Department Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the Alberta Health Services, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Departments of Oncology and Community Health Sciences in the University of Calgary. Prior to moving to Canada, she was an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Medical University of Vienna. Dr. Yang has a multidisciplinary background including kinesiology, statistics, epidemiology and cancer prevention and control.

She has conducted studies within large cohorts 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 a transdisciplinary approach, her research program integrates methodologies from clinical research, epidemiology, and implementation science. 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.


Areas of Research

Area of Focus
  • Epidemiology
  • Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep
  • Obesity
  • Population health
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Implementation science
  • Prostatectomy
  • Incontinence
  • Erectile Dysfunction (PIE) study
Summary of Research

Dr. Lin Yang’s 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 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.