Cheng-Kui Qu, MD, PhD


Titles and Roles

Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Co-Leader, Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Research Program
Cell and Molecular Biology


Cheng-Kui Qu, MD, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Qu serves as co-leader of the Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.


Dr. Qu received his Medical Degree from Anhui Medical University in China in 1987. He then earned his PhD in Experimental Hematology from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in China in 1993. He completed his fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Walther Oncology Center, Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN in 2000.


Dr. Qu's research focus includes cell signaling and metabolic regulation of normal hematopoietic stem cells and leukemic stem cells. His research team focuses on the role of protein and lipid phosphatases in normal hematopoietic cell development and leukemogenesis. By studying these phosphatases, they also attempt to develop novel therapeutics for phosphatases-associated blood disorders, in particular, myeloid leukemias.


Dr. Qu has been published in numerous scientific peer-reviewed journals. He serves on the editorial board of Blood Advances.

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Dr. Qu has earned the following awards and honors:

  • Researcher Appreciation Day Recognition, Emory University School of Medicine, 2017, 2018
  • Best Scientific Publication of the Year Award, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, 2016
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Research Scholar designation, 2015
  • Emory 1% Award, Emory University, 2015

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