Dr. Chun Chao headshot

Chun Chao, PhD, MS

Research Scientist III

Division of Epidemiologic Research




Dr. Chun Chao is a cancer epidemiologist who is interested in cancers that tend to affect young people. The primary goals of Dr. Chao’s research program are to generate evidence to better the care of cancer patients and survivors and to reduce the burden of cancer through HPV vaccination and screening.

Dr. Chao’s current studies encompass both etiology and prognosis research. Her areas of interest include tumor biology and the tumor microenvironment in lymphoid malignancies, risk factors for chemotherapy-induced toxicity, molecular markers of metastasis risk in prostate cancer, health outcomes in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors, and gaps and determinants of adherence to cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccine use. In addition to her position at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Dr. Chao is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Areas of Focus

  • HPV vaccine and cervical cancer prevention and screening
  • Adolescent and young adult cancer and survivorship
  • Etiology and prognosis of lymphoid malignancies
  • Chemotherapy toxicity


PhD, Epidemiology
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
MS, Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Harvard University
Boston, Massachusetts
BS, Zoology
National Taiwan University
Taipei, Taiwan

Honors and Awards

  • Claudette Gravell Award, Kaiser Permanente
  • World Health Organization Special Training Award
  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology