Lab Members


Yarbrough, Wendell

Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) and of Pathology; Section Chief, Otolaryngology; Co-Director Molecular Virology Research Program; Director, Head & Neck Cancer Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Biography

Wendell Yarbrough, MD, MMHC is the Section Chief of Otolaryngology Department of Surgery, Director of the Head & Neck Disease Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Co-Director of the Molecular Virology Program in the Yale Cancer Center.

Wendell Yarbrough, MD, MMHC is the Section Chief of Otolaryngology Department of Surgery, Director of the Head & Neck Disease Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Co-Director of the Molecular Virology Program in the Yale Cancer Center.


Dr. Yarbrough was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also attended medical school and completed residency and fellowship. He joins Yale from Vanderbilt University where he was the Co-Leader of the Thoracic and Head and Neck Program at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, as well as Professor of Otolaryngology and Cancer Biology.

Dr. Yarbrough has a longstanding clinical interest in head and neck cancers and research interests in head and neck cancer translational research as well as identification of tumor suppressors and their mechanism of action. Recently, Dr. Yarbrough's lab has focused on identification of molecular defects in subsets of head & neck and salivary cancers to serve as novel targets for therapy. Dr. Yarbrough's lab has expertise in cell and molecular biology and in modeling of tumors for pre-clinical testing. The ultimate goal of Dr. Yarbrough's lab work is to improve outcomes for patients with head & neck and salivary cancers through innovative and rational development of new therapies.

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Awan, Aashir

Associate Research Scientist in Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Bellinger, Gary

Lab Manager, Research Associate I-MS

Biktasova, Asel

Associate Research Scientist in Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Issaeva, Natalia

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)
Assistant Professor, Division of Otolaryngology, Surgery Department

Research Interests:Oncogenes and tumor suppressors; DNA replication and repair; P53 regulation and signaling; Head and neck cancer; Human papilloma virus

Ivanov, Sergey

Research Scientist in Surgery (Otolaryngology)
Research Scientist

Research Interests:Head and neck cancers; Salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma; TrkC; Neural stem cells; Autocrine mechanisms of tumorigenesis; SOX10 in cancers; Erk1/2; Akt; Cell migration, invasion; Neurotrophic signaling

Ivanova, Alla

Research Scientist in Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Research Interests:Mitochondrial dysfunction; Tumor suppressor Fus1; Mechanisms of tumorigenesis; Acute and chronic inflammation; Oxidative stress, Radiosensitivity; Aging; Age-related changes in hearing loss and lifespan

Kanaya, Eriko

Yarbrough Lab

Panaccione, Alex

PhD Student

Wamsley, James

Postdoctoral Associate in Surgery