Yong Zhu, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Departments & Organizations

Cancer Prevention and Control

Office of Student Research

School of Public Health: Environmental Health Sciences

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Human Disease


Dr. Yong Zhu is an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Public Health and a co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Yale Cancer Center. Dr. Zhu's research interests are oriented towards the use of the molecular epidemiological approach in the study of genetic susceptibility biomarkers and their interactions with environmental exposures in human disease development. Dr. Zhu has been developing and validating novel phenotypic and genotypic assays and biomarkers for several cancer types, including non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, breast, bladder, lung and prostate cancer. By utilizing various techniques in genetics, epigenetics, cytogenetics, cell biology, and computational biology, my studies have identified biomarkers that can characterize inherited predisposition and cellular response to environmental factors. Current research focuses on studying the role of two transcriptional factors, circadian genes and microRNAs, in tumorigenesis.

Education & Training

PhD Rice University (2000)
MA Rice University (1998)
Postdoctoral Fellow MD Anderson Cancer Center

Honors & Recognition

  • Scholar-in Trainee Award, American Association for Cancer Research (2002)

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Award in Clinic/Translational Research (2002)

Professional Service

  • Member NIEHS Superfund Basic Research and Training Program Special Emphasis Panel (2009)

  • Member National Cancer Institute Study Section for Cancer Prevention Research (2008)

  • Grant Reviewer UK Medical Research Council (2008)

  • Grant Reviewer British Council (2008)

  • Member Pennsylvania Department of Health Special Review Panel (2007)

  • Member Health Research Board Ireland Special Review Panel for Cancer Biomarker Research Network (2006)

  • Member Thomes F & Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust Special Review Panel (2005)

  • Member National Cancer Institute Special Review Panel for NCI-E GRB-F (2004)

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Contact Info

Yong Zhu, PhD
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 702

New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034