Yu Laboratory | Members

Principal Investigator: Timothy Yu, MD, PhD

Dr. Yu completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard College, his MD and PhD degrees from the University of California at San Francisco, neurology residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and neurogenetics fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He joined the Boston Children's Genetics and Genomics faculty as an instructor in 2010 and independent investigator in 2013. He is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Yu also co-founded Claritas Genomics, a subsidiary of Boston Children's, devoted to the practice of pediatric genomic medicine. His primary research focus is applying genetics and genomics to understanding the neurobiological bases of autism.  email Dr. Yu

Research FellowCynthia Gubbels MD, PhD

Cynthia Gubbels has an MD (2005) and PhD (2011) from Maastricht University (Netherlands), and did residencies in pediatrics and genetics. She came to Boston to continue her research on classic galactosemia in the Gerard Berry Laboratory. She joined the Yu lab in 2015 and focuses on the impact of genomics in clinical medicine as well as the role of disorders of metabolism in the development of autism. She is the co-president of Boston Children’s Hospital's Postdoc Association for 2016/2017, and was selected for Harvard Catalyst’s Program for Clinical and Translational Scientists (2016- 2018).

Research Assistant: Jai Vaze, BS

Jai joined the Yu lab in June 2016. He earned his B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lehigh University in May 2016. His research experience at Lehigh was centered on molecular genetics but also included behavioral ecology. Upon completing his degree, Jai wanted to apply his knowledge in genetics and neuroscience to neurodevelopmental disorders. Jai plans to pursue a career in dentistry in the future. 

Lab Manager: Chunguang Hu, MD, PhD

Chunguang joined the Yu lab in December, 2016. She earned her MD from Norman Bethune University of Medical Sciences in 1998 and completed her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Jilin University, China in 2004. Chunguang completed her post-doc at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in 2008 and worked as a Postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University from 2008-2011.

Research Data Coordinator: Aubrie Soucy, BA

Aubrie earned her B.A. from Wheaton College in May 2016, with a major in Bioinformatics.  During her time at Wheaton her studies were focused on statistical analysis of biological data through computer programming. She joined the Yu Lab in December 2016. Here she is applying her knowledge of bioinformatics towards identifying genetic causes of neurodevelopmental diseases. In the future, Aubrie plans to pursue a graduate degree in Biostatistics which she hopes to apply towards work on pediatric clinical trials.

Masters Student: Umut “Cenk” Sagiroglu, BSc.

Cenk completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Australia, with a double major in Genetics and Neuroscience. After completion of his bachelors, Cenk moved to the Netherlands to pursue a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht University. Cenk focused on genetic causes of mitochondrial disorders to create a combined genetic and metabolic network of mitochondrial processes. Cenk joined the Yu lab in November 2016 to study the underlying genetic causes of autism as part of his Masters program. 

Previous Laboratory Members

Susanne Goetze
Young Mi Kim
Niklas Smedemark-Margulies

Previous Students

Sophie Stroeks: Maastricht University
Tamara Hundscheid: Maastricht University
Maximilian Haller: Maastricht University
Jeroen Bisschop: Maastricht University