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Jia-Ray Yu, PhD

Assistant Professor
  • Chromatin, Epigenetics, Cancer
Jia-Ray Yu
Children's National Research and Innovation Campus
7144 13th Place NW, Rm 6223
Washington, DC 20012
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Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
205 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

PhD, Genetics, 2015

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY

The Yu Laboratory focuses on studying the basic principles of protein mechanisms and epigenetic regulation in the context of chromatin. We are interested in understating how these processes go awry in human cancer. Our current directions include 1) functional regulation of chromatin modifying enzymes by novel protein-RNA and protein-protein interactions; 2) how disruption of balancing between heterochromatin and euchromatin contributes to early oncogenesis in pediatric brain cancers; and 3) non-histone targets of histone-modifying enzymes.

2021–present
Assistant Professor


Children's National Research and Innovation Campus

Washington, DC
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Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2015-2021
Postdoctoral Fellow


Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Grossman School of Medicine
New York University
New York, NY

  • New York Academy of Science