Yan Lin Yu, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

Team Member of:

Dr. Yu’s major research interest is the complex molecular and genetic mechanisms in genesis and progression to the metastatic state of cancer, in order to identify candidate molecular targets or signaling pathways for the mechanistic enlightenment, clinical diagnosis and therapeutic utility, as well as preventing cancer. His current studies focus on interaction between tumor cell and microenvironment especially immune system in tumor metastasis, role of PTEN in metastatic suppression pathway and mechanisms of organs specific metastasis.

Areas of Expertise

tumor metastasis, mouse models, tumor immunology, metastatic melanoma and rhabdomyosarcoma, Ezrin, PTEN

Contact Info

Yan Lin Yu, Ph.D.
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 37, Room 5002
Bethesda, MD 20852
Ph: 301-402-4073

Dr. Yu's major research interest is focused on understanding molecular mechanisms in progression to the metastatic state in cancer. He has studied mechanisms underlying tumorigenesis in the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Dr. Yu has generating transgenic mice inducibly expressing dominant negative fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) mutants for studying the specific roles of receptor tyrosine kinases in cancer and normal development. He found that constitutive c-Met signaling through a non-autocrine mechanism promotes metastasis in a transgenic transplantation model, and determined that Ezrin and Six1 are critical regulators of metastasis in rhabdomyosarcoma.

NIH Scientific Focus Areas:
Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics and Genomics, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Selected Key Publications

  1. Yanlin Yu
    EMBO Mol Med.. 2018 May;10(5). pii: e8573: 2018. [ Journal Article ]
  2. Zuo Q, Liu J, Huang L1,2, Qin Y, Hawley T, Seo C, Merlino G, Yu Y
    Oncogene. 2018 Jun;37(24):3275-3289.: 2018. [ Journal Article ]
  3. Yu Y, Dai M, Lu A, Yu E, Merlino G.
    Oncogene. 2018 Apr;37(17):2225-2236: 2018.
  4. Huang L, Qin Y, Zuo Q, Bhatnagar K, Xiong J, Merlino G, Yu Y
    Int J Cancer. 2018 Apr 15;142(8):1652-1663: 2018.
  5. Yu Y, Khan J, Khanna C, Helman L, Meltzer PS, Merlino G.
    Nat Med. 10: 175-81, 2004. [ Journal Article ]

Dr. Yanlin Yu graduated from Southern Medical University. He received an M.Sc degree in Genetics from Jinan University and a Ph.D. degree in Cell Biology from the Shanghai Institute of Cell Biology (currently named Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology) in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Yu was a faculty member at the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics in Southern Medical University. From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Yu worked at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the National Cancer Institute as a visiting fellow and research fellow. He currently works with Dr. Glenn Merlino in Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics as a staff scientist. Dr. Yu won a NCI Director's Intramural Innovation Award in 2006.