Dr. Wenxue Lin is an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Lin received his PhD in epidemiology from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 2022 and his MS in epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2019.

Dr. Lin’s research focuses on tobacco control and reduced nicotine content cigarettes. Dr. Lin examined two randomized controlled trials of reduced nicotine content cigarettes to address tobacco-related health disparities in smokers with low socioeconomic status (SES) and mental health conditions (mood and/or anxiety disorders). Dr. Lin investigated the effects of reduced nicotine contents cigarettes on smoking behavior and biomarkers of tobacco exposure.

In addition to conducting tobacco-related research, Dr. Lin analyzed several epidemiologic datasets including the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).


  • PhD, Epidemiology, Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • BS, Biotechnology, Dalian Medical University

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




EPBI 2219

Biostatistics and Public Health


EPBI 3101

Introduction to Epidemiology


EPBI 3102

Introduction to Research Methods


EPBI 5201

Epidemiological Research Methods I


EPBI 9389

MPH Fieldwork II


Selected Publications

  • Lin, W., Hobkirk, A.L., Zhu, J., Krebs, N.M., Hayes, J.E., Richie, J.P., Liao, J., Horn, K., Foulds, J., & Muscat, J.E. (2022). Effect of menthol on nicotine reduction: Pooled results from two double-blind randomized controlled trials. Brain Research Bulletin, 189, pp. 131-138. Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2022.08.019

  • Lin, W., Zhu, J., Hayes, J.E., Richie, J.P., & Muscat, J.E. (2022). Comparison of Carcinogen Biomarkers in Smokers of Menthol and Nonmenthol Cigarettes: The 2015–2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Special Sample. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 31(8), pp. 1539-1545. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.epi-22-0239

  • Lin, W., Martinez, S.A., Ding, K., & Beebe, L.A. (2021). Knowledge and Perceptions of Tobacco-Related Harm Associated with Intention to Quit among Cigarette Smokers, e-Cigarette Users, and Dual Users: Findings from the US Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Wave 1. Substance Use & Misuse, 56(4), pp. 464-470. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2021.1879145