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Qin Yan, PhD

Associate Professor of Pathology; Director, Epigenetics Program

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Qin Yan, PhD

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  • Pathology

    310 Cedar Street, BML348C, PO Box 208023

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8023

    United States



Dr. Qin Yan (严钦) is an Associate Professor of Pathology at Yale Medical School and a member of Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center and Yale Stem Cell Center. He directs a research laboratory to elucidate the roles of epigenetic mechanisms that drive tumor initiation and progression and to translate the findings to the clinic. His laboratory has made significant contributions to the understanding of KDM5 H3K4me3/2 histone demethylases. Dr. Yan received his B.S. degree from the University of Science and Technology of China. After his Ph.D. training on regulation of transcription and ubiquitination with Drs. Joan and Ronald Conaway at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Stowers Institute for Medical Research, he completed his postdoctoral training on cancer biology with Nobel laureate Dr. William Kaelin at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. He has received a number of awards including Era of Hope Scholar Award from DoD Breast Cancer Research Program, Stewart Scholar Award and V Scholar Award.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2002)
  • BS
    University of Science and Technology of China, Molecular Biology (1996)
  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Class of '61 Cancer Research AwardYale Caner Center2019
Era of Hope Scholar AwardDoD Breast Cancer Research Program2015
Research Scholar AwardAmerican Cancer Society2013
Career Development AwardDoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program2013
Stewart Scholar AwardThe Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust2011
CTSA Scholar AwardYCCI2011
Career Development AwardMelanoma Research Foundation2011
Young Investigator AwardBreast Cancer Alliance2010
V Scholar AwardThe V Foundation for Cancer Research2009

Professional Service

American Society for Investigative PathologyMember, Annual Meeting Program Committee2018 - Present
Susan G. KomenMember, Reviewing Committee for Career Catalyst Research – Basic/Translational Application2017
NIHAd hoc member, Cancer Genetics (CG), Cancer Molecular Pathobiology (CAMP) Study Section2017 - Present
American Society for Investigative PathologyCo-chair, Gene Expression Scientific Interest Group2014 - Present
American Cancer SocietyMember, DNA mechanisms in Cancer (DMC) Peer Review Committee2014 - 2018
Breast Cancer AllianceMember, Reviewer Committee2014 - Present
Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research ProgramAd hoc reviewer, FY17, FY18 and FY19 Programmatic Panel; Member, FY12 study section2012 - 2019

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