Ye Zhang

Ye Zhang
Ye Zhang, 2022 Doctoral Academy Fellow

Risk prediction for metachronous colorectal cancer among colorectal cancer survivors

Prof Mark Jenkins
A/Prof Aung Ko Win
Dr Amalia Karahalios
Prof Alex Boussioutas

School / Faculty:
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

PhD Details

Being diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) predisposes the survivor to a metachronous CRC- a new primary cancer in the remaining colorectum (not recurrence or spread of the first CRC). However, most potential risk factors for metachronous CRC were proposed based on the first CRC and studies with relatively short follow-up time. Therefore, using data from Colon Cancer Family Registry, my PhD aims to comprehensively understand the risk factors for mCRC based on large prospective studies with sufficient follow-up years and then develop a risk prediction model to determine personalised risk of metachronous CRC for CRC survivors so early detection method can be targeted to those most at risk.

Q & A

Why did you decide to do a PhD?
I finished my Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne and really enjoyed working with my supervisor. Also, I would like to learn new things and investigate more about colorectal cancer.

What do you enjoy reading?
I am a fan of detective novels.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not working on your PhD?
I love to explore variety of coffee shops and restaurants with my friends. And I also enjoy building Lego, doing puzzles and watercolor painting in my spare time.

Name one fun fact about you.
I have a collection of fridge magnets. I get a new fridge magnet in every city/country I go to.