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  • Yajun Yu, MSc


Dr. Sevtap Savas

Program of Study:

Genetics, PhD Candidate

Project Title:

Genetic and epidemiological studies investigating the susceptibility and outcome risk in colorectal cancer

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Jan, 2019 Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award
  • Apr, 2019 Best poster presentation by a PhD candidate (Genetics Research Forum)
  • Mar, 2019 Dr. Angus J. Neary Genetics Scholarship
  • Oct, 2018 Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Fellowship
  • Mar, 2018 Dr. Roger C. Green Graduate Scholarship in Human Genetics
  • Mar, 2018 Dean’s Building a Healthy Tomorrow Award
  • May, 2017 The Best Graduate Student Presentation award for 2017
  • Dec, 2016 Scholarship of TPMI/NL Support Educational Funding
  • Oct, 2016 BHCRI/TFRI Travel Bursary

Career Aspirations:

I would like to devote myself to be a researcher in cancer-related areas, focusing on better understanding and control of cancer.  Ultimately, I would like to contribute to the well-being of people suffering with cancer or at high risk of developing cancer. My plan is to continue my education with post-doc training after graduation and then establish my own lab focused on cancer investigation.


Memorial University


Yajun Yu, Megan Carey, William Pollett, Jane Green, Elizabeth Dicks, Patrick Parfrey, Yildiz E. Yilmaz, Sevtap Savas. The long-term survival characteristics of a cohort of colorectal cancer patients and baseline variables associated with survival outcomes with or without time-varying effects. BMC Medicine 2019, 17(1):150.

Yajun Yu, Dangxiao Cheng, Patrick Parfrey, Geoffrey Liu, Sevtap Savas. Two functional indel polymorphisms in the promoter region of the Brahma gene (BRM) and disease risk and progression-free survival in colorectal cancer. PLOS ONE 2018, 13(6): e0198873

Salem Werdyani, Yajun Yu, Georgia Skardasi, Jingxiong Xu, Konstantin Shestopaloff, Wei Xu, Elizabeth Dicks, Jane Green, Patrick Parfrey, Yildiz Yilmaz, Sevtap Savas. Germline INDELs and CNVs in a cohort of colorectal cancer patients: their characteristics, associations with relapse-free survival time, and potential time-varying effects on the risk of relapse. Cancer Medicine, Cancer Medicine 2017; 6(6):1220–1232

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