Dr. Lei Cao, PhD

Dr. Cao is William C. and Joan E. Davis Professor of Cancer Research, and a member of the Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program at the OSUCCC-James, where her research focuses on neural regulation of metabolism and cancer. Our work provides insights on how one’s living condition, social contact, lifestyle can efficiently influence brain activity (cognition, stress, mood, etc.) and how these changes in brain interact with other systems (fat, endocrine, immune systems, etc.) both at the molecular level and at the systemic level to influence the metabolism and various diseases including obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and cancer.