Homa Ghalei, PhD


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cell and Molecular Biology


Homa Ghalei, PhD, is associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2017, Dr. Ghalei held a research associate position in the Department of Cancer Biology at The Scripps Research Institute.

Dr. Ghalei is a member of the Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute.


Dr. Ghalei earned her MSc and PhD in Molecular Biology at Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI-BPC) and the University of Göttingen in Germany. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cellular Biochemistry at MPI-BPC and Freie Universität Berlin.


Dr. Ghalei’s lab is deciphering how an abundant and evolutionarily conserved class of small non-coding RNAs (snoRNAs) regulate gene expression by affecting ribosome production and translational control. Dysregulation of specific snoRNAs is associated with oncogenesis and tumor progression in leukemia, breast and lung cancers, among others. However, the molecular link between snoRNA dysregulation and cancer is largely unexplored providing a unique opportunity to examine the mechanisms that underpin this phenomenon and cause uncontrolled cellular growth.


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