James Y. Dai

Appointments and Affiliations

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Public Health Sciences Division
Biomathematics & Biostatistics
Associate Member
Professional Headshot of James Y. Dai

Mailing Address

1100 Fairview Avenue North
PO Box 19024
Seattle, Washington 98109-1024
United States


Phone: (206) 667-6364


Ph.D., University of Washington, Biostatistics, 2007.
M.S., University of Minnesota, Biostatistics, 2002.
M.S., University of Pittsburgh, Molecular Pathology, 2000.
B.M., Beijing University, Basic Medicine, 1998.

Research Interests

My research interest is in statistical methods in genetic epidemiology and randomized clinical trials, in particular, efficient estimation of gene-environment and gene-treatment interactions, tumor genomics, causal inference and instrumental variable analyses.


(Reading, Writing, Speaking)

Chinese, Mandarin: (Fluent, Fluent, Fluent)
English: (Fluent, Fluent, Fluent)


American Statistical Association
Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Honors and Awards

2003, Donovan J. Thompson Award for outstanding student, Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington
1998-1999, Dean's Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Recent Publications

Dai JY, de Tapsoba JD, Buas MF, Onstad LE, Levine DM, Risch HA, Chow W-H, Bernstein L, Ye W, Lagergren J et al..  2015.  A newly identified susceptibility locus near FOXP1 modifies the association of gastroesophageal reflux with Barrett's esophagus.. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. 24(11):1739-1747. Abstract