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Yong Zhu, PhD

Associate Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology; Track Director, Environmental Health Sciences, Executive MPH; Assistant Director, Global Epidemiology

Contact Information

Yong Zhu, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Environmental Health Sciences

    PO Box 208034, 60 College Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States

Research Summary

Dr. Zhu's research interests are oriented towards the use of the molecular epidemiological approach in the study of genetic susceptibility biomarkers and their interactions with environmental exposures in human disease development. Dr. Zhu has been developing and validating novel phenotypic and genotypic assays and biomarkers for several cancer types, including non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, breast, bladder, lung and prostate cancer. By utilizing various techniques in genetics, epigenetics, cytogenetics, cell biology, and computational biology, my studies have identified biomarkers that can characterize inherited predisposition and cellular response to environmental factors. Current research focuses on studying the role of two transcriptional factors, circadian genes and microRNAs, in tumorigenesis.

Specialized Terms:Circadian genes; MicroRNAs; Shift-work; Breast Cancer; Lymphoma; Prostate Cancer

Extensive Research Description

  • Molecular Epidemiology of Circadian Genes and Human Cancers
  • Molecular Epidemiology of Methylation-related Genes and Human Cancers
  • Molecular Epidemiology of Micro-RNA and Human Cancers


Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Environmental Health; Genetics, Medical; Public Health; Testicular Neoplasms; Molecular Epidemiology

Public Health Interests

Cancer; Environmental Health; Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics

Selected Publications