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Yasmine M Kanaan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

  • Microbiology
  • College of Medicine


Dr. Yasmine Kanaan is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM) and Howard University Cancer Center in Washington DC, USA. She currently teaches Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Biology to Medical, Dental, Nurses and Graduate students. She has trained 12 doctoral students and served on various other doctoral candidate committees.  She has over 105 publications and abstracts in breast and prostate cancer research. Due to her academic accomplishments, she has been invited as a speaker in several national and international venues. She served as a peer-reviewer for several scientific journals. Also, she served on many committees at the Microbiology Department, HUCM, and Howard University. 

She has an extensive collaborative research effort in directions that delineate molecular differences in breast cancers amongst the two ethnic groups (i.e., African Americans and Caucasians). The overall aim of her research is to identify specific biomarkers most prominent in these ethnic groups.  This would lead to better understanding of breast cancer progression and aid in the development of a more tailored therapeutic approach leading to better management of breast cancer in African American women.