Yong Zhu, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences); Assistant Director, Global Epidemiology

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Environmental Health Sciences | Yong Zhu Lab

Liver Center

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

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

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Yong Zhu is an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Public Health and Assistant Director of Yale Cancer Center for Global Cancer Epidemiology. 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, his 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 small noncoding RNAs, in tumorigenesis.

Education & Training

PhD Rice University (2000)
MA Rice University (1998)
Postdoctoral Fellow MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Yong Zhu, PhD
Office Location
60 College Street, Ste 702
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Environmental Health SciencesPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034