Dr. Wahyu Wulaningsih

Co-Founder/Track Leader (EPID)


I am an epidemiology researcher with an interest in modifiable risk factors of chronic disease, especially obesity-related lifestyles. After my training in medicine in Indonesia, I was involved in basic and clinical research in cancer at the Division of Haematology/Oncology of Universitas Gadjah Mada, including being a Local Study Coordinator for two multi-centre trials in breast (EPO-ANE 3010) and lung cancers (FAST-ACT II) with Dr Johan Kurnianda as the Local Principal Investigator. I pursued a Masters degree at King's College London, conducting an epidemiology project with Dr Mieke Van Hemelrijck and a basic research project with Professor Tony Ng. With both of them and Professor Lars Holmberg as supervisors, I completed a PhD in Cancer Studies at King's College London, with a project focusing on clinical markers of inflammation and breast cancer risk, severity, and survival. During my PhD, I received a grant from the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation for a research fellowship hosted by Professor Sabine Rohrmann at the University of Zurich to systematically study environmental and lifestyle determinants of abdominal obesity. Since then, I have continued studying lifestyle risk factors for cancer and other chronic diseases which may help identify targets of prevention.

In addition to research, I am also keen on capacity-building and STEM activities. I am a founding member of King's Cancer Studies Student Committee, which initiated a new workshop series, Stay on Track! aimed to assist PhD students and early career researchers in preparing to start a career in academic and other related tracks. I am also a STEM Ambassador and a member of Women in STEM (WISE) Campaign in the UK.

When not busy researching, I can be found hunting or experimenting with exotic healthy food or doodling fictitious characters (saw our diagrams?) to entertain my childhood dream to be an illustrator.


Cancer, obesity, risk factors, lifestyle, metabolic and inflammatory biomarkers


2013–2016 - PhD in Cancer Studies, King's College London, London, UK

2011–2012 - MRes in Translational Cancer Medicine, King's College London, UK

2003–2009 - Medical Doctor, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia


2009–2013 - Research Assistant, Division of Haematology/Oncology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia


AACR Scholar-in-Training Award, 2015

European Federation of Immunological Societies/Immunology Letters Short-term Fellowship, 2015

ESMO Travel Grants, 2015

King's College London Researcher Development Open Competition (joint lead applicant), 2015

King's College London 3-Minute Thesis Competition (University Finalist), 2014