Kejia Hu

Kejia Hu

Postdoctoral Researcher
Visiting address: Nobels väg 13, 17177 Solna
Postal address: C6 Institutet för miljömedicin, C6 Integrativ epidemiologi Fang, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am a postdoc with a research focus on cancer and mental health.

    2015, MD, Central South University
    2018, Msc in Oncology, Sichuan University
    2022, PhD, Karolinska Institutet


  • One of my research interests is cancer epidemiology, including the prevention, incidence and prognosis of cancer, and comorbidities between
    cancer and other chronic diseases, especially mental health-related. Another current focus is mental health.
    My work has been focused on:
    1. Psychosocial risk factors and cancer incidence
    In my doctoral thesis, I have studied psychological distress as a risk factor for the incidence of breast cancer, and whether anti-inflammatory medications could play a role in the prevention of breast cancer.
    2. Mental health in cancer patients and their families
    I have studied the risk of mental disorders among patients with cancer and their spouses, and whether anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial medications could counteract the increased risk.
    3. Prognostic factors of cancer
    I have studied the prognostic role of endocrine treatment, circulating vitamin D and neuroendocrine gene mutations in breast cancer, and inflammation-based prognostic score in lung cancer.


  • Supervision experience:
    Visiting researcher Xiaowan Chen (currently chief surgeon at the First Hospital of Lanzhou University)
    Visiting PhD student Yanping Yang (currently PhD student at Guangxi Medical University)
    Visiting PhD student Ludvig Daae Bjørndal (currently PhD student at University of Oslo)
    Master student Run Shi (currently master student in Biomedicine program, Karolinska Institutet)
    Master student Hyemi Park (currently master student in Global Public Health program, Karolinska Institutet)


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  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2022

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