Herbert Yu, MD, PhD

Departments & Organizations

Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Yale Cancer Center


Dr. Yu is adjunct professor at Yale School of Public Health, Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, and a molecular epidemiologist with training in medicine, epidemiology, and clinical biochemistry. Dr. Yu has been involved in cancer research for over 20 years, and has had extensive experience in population-based epidemiologic investigation and patient-based clinical studies. Dr. Yu has conducted numerous epidemiologic and clinical research projects, addressing various issues in cancer research, from etiology to detection, and prognosis to treatment. Dr. Yu is especially experienced in laboratory-based molecular epidemiologic studies, and his research interests include gene-environment interaction in cancer development and progression and lifestyle's impact on epigenetic regulation. Dr. Yu has served on numerous national and international grant review committees, and has been involved in the design, execution and analysis of many epidemiological and clinical studies.

Education & Training

PhD University of Toronto (1996)
MSc University of Toronto (1990)
MD Shanghai Medical University (1983)

Honors & Recognition

  • Wang Fellowship for International Study of Public Health, American Health Foundation

  • Young Investigator Award, American Association for Clinical Chemistry

  • Mitchell Scholarship in Cancer Research, University of Toronto Young Investigator Award, Louisiana State University Medical Center

  • International Scholar Award Host in Breast Cancer Research, Avon Foundation and American Association for Cancer Research


  • Case-control Study of Pancreas Cancer Shanghai, China (2006 - 2011)

    Research Collaboration

  • Clinical Study of Lung Cancer Tianjin, China (2005 - 2010)

    Research Collaboration and Guest Lectures

  • Clinical Studies of Ovarian and Breast Cancers Turin, Italy (2001 - 2015)

    Research Collaboration

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Contact Info

Herbert Yu, MD, PhD
Office Location
60 College Street, Ste 700
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Chronic Disease EpidemiologyPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034