Professor of Medicine

Professional Bio

Jirong Long, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine with tenure within the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Dr. Long received her bachelor’s degree and PhD degree from Sichuan Agricultural University in China. She then worked at Creighton University as a research fellow. She was recruited to VUMC as a Research Assistant Professor in 2006, and her appointment was transferred to the tenure-track (basic scientist) as an Assistant Professor of medicine. In 2013, she was promoted to Associate professor of medicine with tenure. In 2022, she was promoted to Professor of medicine with tenure in the Division of Epidemiology.
Dr. Long’s research program focuses on the molecular and genetic epidemiology of various cancers. Since 2013, she has authored or co-authored more than 300 papers. Many of these papers were published in high impact journals, such as Nature Genetics, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Nature Communication, Cancer Research, and others. She has been consistently well-funded by NIH since 2009. Currently, she is the PI/MPI for five large R01 studies: R01CA235553, R01CA247987, R01CA249863, R01MD015396, and R01CA188214. The major theme of her research program is to identify novel genetic and epigenetic markers, as well as microbiota for cancer risk to understand the mechanisms of cancer development.
Dr. Long has been invited to participate in grant review panels for multiple agencies and institutions. She has been an invited speaker at national and international academic conferences. She is active as an editor and manuscript reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals. She provides tutoring to more than 20 trainees and faculty members in bioinformatics and genetics data analyses. Dr. Long has played a pivotal role in the molecular and genetic epidemiology program at the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.


Master - Philosophy in Genetics - Sichuan Agricultural U, P.R. China - 1997
PhD - Genetics - Sichuan Agricultural University - 2001
Fellowship - Population Genetics- Molecular Biology - Kunming Institute of Zoology - 2001
Fellowship - Molecular Genetics - Creighton University - 2004