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Kai Yu, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator

Kai Yu, Ph.D.

Kai Yu, Ph.D.

Organization:National Cancer Institute
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Biostatistics Branch
Address:NCI Shady Grove
Room 7E630


Dr. Yu received a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000, and had postdoctoral training in statistical genetics at Stanford University. Dr. Yu worked as a statistical geneticist at a biopharmaceutical company before becoming a Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined NCI in 2005 as a tenure-track investigator, and was awarded scientific tenure by the NIH and appointed senior investigator in 2013. Dr. Yu received an NIH merit award in 2009.

Research Interests

  • Statistical methods for genetic epidemiology studies
  • Tree-based models and applications in molecular epidemiology studies
  • MCMC algorithms and applications in genetic studies
  • Population genetics


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Spotlight on Investigator

Read Kai Yu's profile (pdf) in the November 2008 Linkage newsletter.