Hui Cheng

Hui Cheng

Principal Scientist
Regulatory Sciences

Hui Cheng, Ph.D., is a Principal Scientist, Population Science within the Regulatory Sciences organization of Altria Client Services (ALCS) in Richmond, VA. Dr. Cheng applies her knowledge and skills in epidemiology to tobacco harm reduction through the investigation of the potential impact of non-combusted tobacco products to the population, and research and analyses designed to aid in the prevention of underage tobacco use. 

In her current role, Dr. Cheng assesses the potential impact of non-combusted tobacco products on population health. This work includes the assessment of tobacco use behaviors using existing data to gain insights about transitions of the use of various tobacco products, the designing and execution of postmarket surveillance studies to assess the potential impact of products authorized as modified risk tobacco products, and the implementation and monitoring of population-based studies on underage tobacco use.

Dr. Cheng has contributed to several Premarket Tobacco Product and Modified Risk Tobacco Product applications for non-combustible products filed with the Food and Drug Administration. She also applies her expertise to support Altria’s external engagement strategies. 

Before joining Altria in 2017, she served as a research fellow at multiple academic institutions, including Michigan State University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai Mental Health Center, and Peking University Institute of Mental Health, where she studied the fascinating interplay of micro-, meso-, and macro-level factors in the epidemiology of psychoactive drug use, including tobacco and alcohol. 

Dr. Cheng has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, three book chapters, and various conference presentations. She has provided ad hoc peer reviews for numerous scientific journals and won travel awards from professional organizations such as the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. 
PhD, Epidemiology, Michigan State University, United States of America, 2009

MBBS, Preventive Medicine, Peking University Health Science Center, China, 2001