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Min Yu M.D., Ph.D.
Research performed at: USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Specialty/Research Area: Cancer Metastasis
Award Year: 2015

Career Summary: Dr. Yu is Assistant Professor at the Department of stem cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine of USC Keck School of Medicine. She received her MD from Shandong Medical University in China in 1997, completed her residency and received a master degree in neurology at Peking University Health Science Center in China in 2000, and received her PhD from State University of New York at Stony Brook and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 2006. She completed her postdoctoral training as a HHMI fellow in Dr. Daniel Haber’s laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, from 2007-2014. She joined the USC faculty in 2014 and currently runs a laboratory at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center focusing on studying circulating tumor cells to identify and target cancer stem cells as treatment for breast cancer metastasis. She received the  American Cancer Society - MGH institutional Research Grant Award in 2013, the National Cancer Institute Career Transition Award in 2014, and the USC Ming Hsieh Institute for Engineering Medicine for Cancer Award in 2014.

Year STOP CANCER Award was received: 2015 Marni Levine Memorial Research Career Development Award

Research Summary: The focus of Dr. Yu’s research has been to understand how breast cancers spread to other organs through blood stream and establish metastatic tumors. This research involves finding rare tumor cells in the blood circulation and identifying the unique properties of those rare tumor cells. The knowledge gained from this research can provide new insights to improve the treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancers on a personalized basis. 


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