Homa Ghalei, PhD


Titles and Roles

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


Homa Ghalei, PhD, is Assistant 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) at the University of Goettingen in Germany. She then completed a post doctoral fellowship in Cellular Biochemistry at MPI-BPC at Freie Universitaet Berlin.


Dr. Ghalei's lab is deciphering the role of non-coding RNAs in cancer, with special emphasis on the snoRNAs guiding 2'-O-methylation of rRNAs. In her lab, they combine an array of in vivo and in vitro techniques to understand the assembly and turnover of box C/D snoRNPs. Their goal is to develop the tools and ability to manipulate this process in diseases linked to snoRNP defects.


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