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Qin Yan, PhD

Professor of Pathology; Co-Leader, Genomics, Genetics and Epigenetics Research Program, Yale Cancer Center; Director, Center for Epigenetics and Biomarkers, Pathology; Scientific Co-Director, Center for Breast Cancer, Yale Cancer Center

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Qin Yan, PhD

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Dr. Qin Yan (严钦) is a Professor of Pathology at Yale Medical School and a member of Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center, Yale Stem Cell Center, Yale Center for Immuno-Oncology, and Yale Center for Research on Aging. He directs a research laboratory to elucidate the roles of epigenetic mechanisms that drive tumor initiation and progression and to translate their findings to the clinic. His laboratory has made significant contributions to the understanding of the KDM5 H3K4me3/2 histone demethylases and epigenetic regulators of immune evasion and cancer metastasis. 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 the ASIP Outstanding Investigator Award, Era of Hope Scholar Award from DoD Breast Cancer Research Program, Stewart Fellow Award and V Scholar Award.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2007)
  • PhD
    University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2002)
  • BS
    University of Science and Technology of China, Molecular Biology (1996)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Outstanding Investigator AwardAmerican Society for Investigative Pathology2023
Basic Science Research PrizeYale Cancer Center2021
Class of '61 Cancer Research AwardYale Cancer Center2019
Era of Hope Scholar AwardDoD Breast Cancer Research Program2015
Research Scholar AwardAmerican Cancer Society2013
Career Development AwardDoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program2013
Stewart Fellow AwardThe Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust2011
CTSA Scholar AwardYale Center for Clinical Investigation2011
Career Development AwardMelanoma Research Foundation2011
Young Investigator AwardBreast Cancer Alliance2010
V Scholar AwardThe V Foundation for Cancer Research2009

Professional Service

American Association for Cancer ResearchCo-Chair, 2025 Annual Meeting Program Committee2024 - 2025
Cancer and Metastasis ReviewsAssociate Editor2023 - Present
American Society for Investigative PathologyMember, Annual Meeting Program Committee2018 - 2023
Susan G. KomenMember, Reviewing Committee for Career Catalyst Research – Basic/Translational Application2017
NIHAd hoc member, Cancer Genetics (CG), Cancer Molecular Pathobiology (CAMP), Mechanisms of Cancer Therapeutics-1 (MCT1), NCI SPORE (P50), and F09A Fellowships Oncology 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-FY23 Programmatic Panel; Member, FY12 study section2012 - Present

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