Narendra Wajapeyee, PhD

Associate Professor of Pathology

Departments & Organizations

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

Diabetes Research Center

Liver Center

Obesity Research Working Group

Yale Cancer Center: Signal Transduction

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology

Office of Cooperative Research


Cancer is a complex disease and typically involves multiple gene-specific and global genetic and epigenetic changes in the human genome. The major classes of genes that have been causally linked to the process of tumorigenesis are tumor suppressors, which act as “brakes”, and oncogenes, which function as “accelerators” and typically promote cancer. Recently, non-coding RNAs-- such as miRNAs and long non-coding RNAs-- are also linked to cancer, wherein they can either promote or inhibit cancer cell growth. The focus of our lab is to understand the mechanisms of genetic and epigenetic regulation of cancer initiation and progression, and translating this understanding for early detection and treatment of human cancers. We use melanoma, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma and hematological malignancies as model systems to study mechanisms of tumor initiation and progression.

Specialized Terms: Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of cancer initiation and progression

Education & Training

PhD Indian Institute of Science, India (2005)

Honors & Recognition

  • Research Scholar Grant, American Cancer Society, 2016 (2015)

  • Yale Cancer Center Translational Cancer Research Excellence PrizeYale Cancer Center (2014)

  • IASLC Young Investigator AwardInternational Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (2013)

  • Young Investigator AwardMelanoma Research Alliance (2013)

  • Kimmel Scholar for Translational Cancer ResearchSidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research (2012)

  • Hollis Brownstein Award for Leukemia ResearchLeukemia Research Foundation (2011)

  • AACR Centennial Cancer Research Award for Childhood Cancer ResearchAmerican Association for Cancer Research (2010)

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Contact Info

Narendra Wajapeyee, PhD
Lab Location
Brady Memorial Laboratory
310 Cedar Street, Ste BML 363

New Haven, CT 06510
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Office Location
Brady Memorial Laboratory
310 Cedar Street, Ste BML 137

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Pathology310 Cedar Street
PO Box 208023

New Haven, CT 06520-8023

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