Yawei Zhang, MD, PhD, MPH

Section Chief and Associate Professor Tenure; Chief, Section of Surgical Outcomes and Epidemiology, Department of Surgery

Research Interests

Air Pollution; Epidemiology; Lymphoma; Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin; Neoplasms; Pregnancy; Thyroid Neoplasms; Survivors; Genomics; Biostatistics

Research Organizations


Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

Cancer Prevention and Control

Faculty Research

YSPH Global Health Concentration

Global Health Studies

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Dr. Zhang's research interests focus on two areas:

  1. Etiology and prognosis of adult malignancies
  2. Risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes

In particular, she has been studying various environmental exposures, lifestyle factors and gene-environment interaction in the etiology and prognosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She has been pioneering the causes of increasing trends of thyroid cancer observed worldwide. Specifically, she is conducting a population-based case-control study in Connecticut to investigate radiation exposure, DNA repair capacity and risk of thyroid cancer, as well as a nested case-control study in the Department of Defense Serum Repository Cohort to examine flame retardants (PBDEs) and other polyhalogenated aromatic hydrocarbons in relation to thyroid cancer. She has also been studying environment factors and gene-environment interactions for multiple myeloma and cancers of the testes, pancreas, lung, liver, and bladder.

Dr. Zhang became interested in adverse pregnancy outcomes because the fetal origin hypothesis suggests that growth and developmental delays in utero may influence not only childhood mortality and morbidity but also the risk of diseases in adulthood including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Dr. Zhang is currently establishing a birth cohort study in Lanzhou, China to investigate ambient and household air pollution and adverse birth outcomes. The birth cohort study has also collected information on various exposures (smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, occupation, residential history, medical conditions and medication use, diet, etc) and biospecimen (maternal and cord blood), which allows to comprehensively explore and identify risk factors for adverse birth outcomes and maternal complications.

Specialized Terms: Cancer epidemiology; Etiology; Survivorship; Adverse birth outcomes; Genomics

Extensive Research Description

1. A population-based case-control study of thyroid cancer;

2. PHAHs and risk of thyroid cancer in DoDSR cohort;

3. Ambient and household air pollution and adverse birth outcomes in Lanzhou, China;

4. Etiology and prognosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma;

5. Robust rank-based methods and detection of GXE in cancer etiology and survival

6. Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN)

7. Research Training for Cancer Epidemiology and Biostatistics in China

Selected Publications

Full List of PubMed Publications

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Contact Info

Yawei Zhang, MD, PhD, MPH
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 440

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

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