• Dr. Yu and lab researcher Amanda Bastien

  • Yu Lab researcher Hui Zhang

  • Yu Lab researchers Geraldine Nabeta and Waago Daddacha

  • DNA damage induced by laser micro-irradiation

  • Localization of GFP-HMGB1 to DNA damage induced by laser micro-irradiation

  • Co-localization of novel RSR protein with RPA


David S. Yu, MD, PhD
Assistant 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 was awarded a NIH/NRSA F32 individual postdoctoral fellowship award.

Congratulations to Waaqo Daddacha who was awarded best poster and a travel award at the Gordon Research Seminar on Mechanisms of Mutagenesis and Genome Alterations in Girona, Spain.

Congratulations to Hui Zhang and Pam Head for their publication in Cell Cycle on how SIRT2 orchestrates the DNA damage response.

Congratulations to Allyson Koyen who passed her oral qualifying exam for the Cancer Biology Graduate Program.

Our Research

Dr. Yu is an Assistant 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 and PhD from the University of Cambridge prior to completing residency training in Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BS in Biology.

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 and foundation awards. He has authored a number of publications in high impact journals, including Nature, Cell, Molecular Cell, EMBO, 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) Progam, Emory Graduate Program in Cancer Biology (CB), and Graduate Program in Genetics and Molecular Biology (GMB).

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