• Dr. Yu and lab researcher Amanda Bastien

  • Yu Lab researcher Hui Zhang

  • Yu Lab researchers Geraldine Nabeta and Waago Daddacha


David S. Yu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Georgia Research Alliance Cancer Scientist
Winship Cancer Institute
Building C, Room 3008
1365 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

404-778-1758 (office)
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404-778-2193 (lab)


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Congratulations to Waaqo Daddacha who published his first author publication in Cell Reports on the role of SAMHD1 in promoting DNA end resection to facilitate DNA double-strand break repair by homologous recombination.

Congratulations to Allison Withers who will be enrolling in the MD program at Medical College of Georgia.

Congratulations to David Yu who has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

Congratulations to Pam Head who published her first author publication in Journal of Biological Chemistry on the role of cancer-associated mutations in impairing the activity of SIRT2 in maintaining genome integrity.

Congratulations to Ashley Schlafstein and Jacob Wynne who were awarded RSNA Research Medical Student Grants.

Congratulations to Dillon Li who matched into the radiation oncology residency program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Congratulations to Vishal Dhere who matched into the radiation oncology residency program at Emory University School of Medicine.

Our Research

Dr. Yu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine. He received his MD from the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical School in 2005 and PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2004 prior to completing residency training in Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2010. He graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BS in Biology in 1997.

Dr. Yu has received recognition as a Georgia Research Alliance Cancer Scientist and was awarded the Michael Fry Research Award from the Radiation Research Society, which recognizes the most outstanding junior scientist who has made exceptional contributions to the field of radiation research. Dr. Yu is currently funded by NIH/NCI R01, Department of Defense, and foundation awards. He has authored a number of publications in high impact journals, including Nature, Cell, Molecular Cell, Cell Reports, and PNAS. During his residency training, Dr. Yu was an American Board of Radiology (ABR) Holman Research Pathway fellow.

Dr. Yu is a member of the ASTRO Radiation and Cancer Biology Committee Research Council, ASTRO Research Evaluation Committee Research Council, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Radiation Research Society (RRS), and RSNA among others. He is also a member of the Winship Cancer Institute Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics (CGE) Program, Emory Graduate Programs in Cancer Biology (CB) and Genetics and Molecular Biology (GMB), and the Emory MD/PhD Program.

In his free time, Dr. Yu enjoys running, gardening, traveling, cooking and spending time with his family.