Hanyu joined the Nuffield Department of Population Health, the Big Data Institute, and Kellogg College in October 2022 as a DPhil student in Population Health. His DPhil project aims to utilise genetic data from the China Kadoorie Biobank and the UK Biobank to predict the effects of pharmaceutical interventions for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Hanyu is supervised by Associate Professor Derrick Bennett, Professor Robert Clarke, and Dr Neil Wright.
Prior to joining the department, Hanyu completed his undergraduate studies at Peking University in China and received his MPhil in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge, where he conducted research on serum biomarkers of cardiovascular disease. He worked as a research associate at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore, where he worked in digital health research. Hanyu also worked with several research groups in China on chronic disease epidemiology and with UNICEF and NGOs to promote global health.
Hanyu is interested in applying methods from genetic epidemiology to predict drug effects, inform prevention strategies, and explore drug repurposing and discovery opportunities.