Qin Yan, PhD

Associate Professor Tenure; Director, Epigenetics Program

Departments & Organizations

Pathology: Experimental Pathology Graduate Program | Pathology Research | Yan Lab

Discovery to Cure Internship

Yale Cancer Center: Genomics, Genetics, and Epigenetics

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology

Yale Stem Cell Center

Office of Cooperative Research


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 HHMI Investigator Dr. William Kaelin at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. He has received numerous 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

  • Era of Hope Scholar AwardDod Breast Cancer Research Program (2015)

  • Research Scholar AwardAmerican Cancer Society (2013)

  • Career Development AwardDoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (2013)

  • Stewart Scholar AwardThe Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust (2011)

  • CTSA Scholar AwardYCCI (2011)

  • Career Development AwardMelanoma Research Foundation (2011)

  • Young Investigator AwardBreast Cancer Alliance (2010)

  • V Scholar AwardThe V Foundation for Cancer Research (2009)

Professional Service

  • American Society for Investigative Pathology (2018 - 2019) Member, Annual Meeting Program Committee

  • NIH (2017 - 2019) Ad hoc member, Cancer Genetics (CG), Cancer Molecular Pathobiology (CAMP) Study Section

  • Susan G. Komen (2017) Member, Reviewing Committee for Career Catalyst Research – Basic/Translational Application

  • American Society for Investigative Pathology (2014 - Present) Co-chair, Gene Expression Scientific Interest Group

  • American Cancer Society (2014 - 2018) Member, DNA mechanisms in Cancer (DMC) Peer Review Committee

  • Breast Cancer Alliance (2014 - 2016) Member, Reviewer Committee

  • Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (2012 - 2019) Ad hoc reviewer, FY17, FY18 and FY19 Programmatic Panel; Member, FY12 study section

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