Lily Yang, MD, PhD

Titles and Roles

Professor, Surgical Oncology Research and Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cancer Cell Biology


Dr. Lily Yang is a professor of surgery and radiology and a prominent researcher. Dr. Yang’s research experiences include tumor immunology, cancer stem cells, cancer gene therapy, apoptosis resistance, molecular targeted cancer therapy, nanoparticle imaging probes, and theranostic nanoparticles for targeted cancer therapy and imaging. Dr. Yang is a member of the editorial broads for a variety of scientific journals, such as ApoptosisNanomedicine: NanotechnologyBiology and MedicineBreast Cancer-Targets and TherapyAmerican Journal of Nuclear Medicine, and Molecular Imaging.  She has served as a scientist reviewer for multiple NIH study sections, the Breast Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and the California Breast Cancer Research Program as well as many other national and international funding agents. 


Dr. Yang received her medical training in China at West China University of Medical Sciences and at the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. She received her doctorate in molecular and cellular biology at Brown University. She had postdoctoral trainings in the Gene Therapy Laboratories at University of Southern California and in the Department of Genetics and Molecular Medicine Center at Emory University.


Dr. Yang received an Avon Scholar Award for Breast Cancer Research and is the Nancy Panoz Chair of Surgery in Cancer Research. 


Dr. Yang's research projects focus on the development of novel cancer nanotechnologies and imaging methods to address the major challenges in clinical oncology of early cancer detection, targeted drug delivery, overcoming drug resistance, assessment of therapeutic response using non-invasive imaging, and image-guided surgery.

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