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Xiaohong Rose Yang, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Senior Investigator

Xiaohong Rose Yang, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Xiaohong Rose Yang, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Organization:National Cancer Institute
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Genetic Epidemiology Branch
Address:NCI Shady Grove
Room 6E426


Dr. Yang received a Ph.D. in physiology from the Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University in 1999 and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003. She joined the Genetic Epidemiology Branch (GEB) in 2000 as a postdoctoral fellow, became a tenure-track investigator in 2006, and was appointed senior investigator upon receiving NIH scientific tenure in 2014.  She received NCI Director’s Intramural Innovation Awards in 2007 and 2009.  Dr. Yang serves on the editorial board for Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, and is an adjunct associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include the genetics of familial cutaneous malignant melanoma/dysplastic nevi syndrome and chordoma, and etiologic heterogeneity of breast cancer.

Research Interests

  • Identifying susceptibility genes for familial cancers including cutaneous malignant melanoma/dysplastic nevi syndrome and chordoma, using genetic linkage and association analyses.
  • Assessing etiologic heterogeneity of breast cancer using tissue microarray analysis of molecular markers involved in hormone-mediated pathways.

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Spotlight on Investigator

Read Xiaohong Rose Yang's profile (pdf) in the March 2010 Linkage newsletter.