Cell and Molecular Biology

The Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University seeks to deepen multi-aspect, mechanistic insights into the biological processes relevant to cancer.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program promotes collaborative science focused on the interplay between metabolic and proliferative signaling networks, genetic and epigenetic regulations, and the tumor microenvironment.

Spanning basic and clinical science, the program's research outcomes include identifying new markers and targets to improve cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

The program has four primary themes:

  1. Cancer Cell Metabolism
  2. Cell Survival and Death Mechanisms
  3. Mechanisms of lnvasion and Metastasis
  4. Gene Regulation

Training Tomorrow's Cancer Researchers

Many members of the Cell and Molecular Biology Research program mentor students admitted to Emory University's Cancer Biology Graduate Program, providing outstanding training opportunities in every aspect of cancer research, from basic to translational.

Cancer Molecular Biology program members continuously publish high-quality research in premier scientific journals.

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Wei Zhou, PhD

Wei Zhou, PhD

Leader, Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Zhou's research focuses on molecular genetics of human cancer.

Photo of  Cheng-Kui Qu, MD, PhD
Cheng-Kui Qu, MD, PhD

Cheng-Kui Qu, MD, PhD

Co-Leader, Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Qu's research focus includes cell signaling and metabolic regulation of normal hematopoietic stem cells and leukemic stem cells.

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Di (Andy) Ai, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
    Rebecca S. Arnold, PhD, MS
    Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
      Waitmann K. Aumann, MD, MS
      Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
        Julia Babensee, PhD
        Associate Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
          Sunil S. Badve, MD, FRCPath
          Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
            Kim Baek, PhD, MS
            Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
              Armita Bahrami, MD
              Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                Benjamin G. Barwick, PhD
                Instructor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                  Charlie Garnett Benson, PhD
                  Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Georgia State University
                    Lawrence Boise, PhD
                    Associate Director for Education and Training, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                      Kevin Bunting, PhD
                      Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                        Jaideep Chaudhary, PhD
                        Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Clark Atlanta University
                          Inyeong Choi, PhD
                          Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
                            Anita H. Corbett, PhD
                            Samuel C. Dobbs Professor, Department of Biology, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
                              Victor Corces, PhD
                              Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                Ahmet F. Coskun, PhD
                                Bernie-Marcus Early-Career Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
                                  Sayantan Datta, MSc, PhD
                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                    George Deeb, MD
                                      William S. Dynan, PhD
                                      Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                        Yue Feng, MD, PhD
                                        Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                          Laura Finzi, PhD
                                          Professor, Department of Physics, Emory College of Arts & Sciences
                                            Homa Ghalei, PhD
                                            Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine
                                              Melissa Gilbert-Ross, PhD
                                              Scientific Director, Cancer Animal Models Shared Resource, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                Sandra Gjorgova Gjeorgjievski, MD
                                                Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                  Adam D. Gracz, PhD
                                                  Assistant Professor, Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                    Karmella A. Haynes, PhD
                                                    Associate Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
                                                      Peijian He, PhD, MS
                                                      Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                        Cimona V. Hinton, PhD
                                                        Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, Clark Atlanta University
                                                          Andrew L. Hong, MD
                                                          Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics , Emory University School of Medicine
                                                            Takahiro Ito, PhD
                                                            Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia
                                                              Shu Jia, PhD
                                                              Assistant Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
                                                                Yi Jiang, PhD
                                                                Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Emory University
                                                                  Peng Jin, PhD
                                                                  Professor and Chair, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                    Dean Jones, PhD
                                                                    Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine , Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                      Richard A. Kahn, PhD, MS
                                                                      Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                        Daniel Kalman, PhD
                                                                        Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                          Stefan Kaluz, PhD
                                                                          Instructor, Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                            Sumin Kang, PhD
                                                                            Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                              David J. Katz, PhD
                                                                              Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                William G. Kelly, PhD
                                                                                Professor, Department of Biology, Emory University
                                                                                  Melissa Lambeth Kemp, PhD
                                                                                  Carol Ann and David D. Flanagan Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
                                                                                    Anna M. Kenney, PhD
                                                                                    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                      Aparna Kesarwala, MD, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                        Shafiq Khan, PhD
                                                                                        Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Clark Atlanta University
                                                                                          Alyssa M. Krasinskas, MD
                                                                                          Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                            Sandeep Kumar, PhD
                                                                                            Assistant Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
                                                                                              Joseph Lachance, PhD
                                                                                              Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
                                                                                                J. David Lambeth, MD, PhD
                                                                                                Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                  Soojung Lee, PhD
                                                                                                  Research Scientist II, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                    Dorothy A. Lerit, PhD
                                                                                                    Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                      Xiaoxian (Bill) Li, MD, PhD
                                                                                                      Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                        Kirill S. Lobachev, PhD, MS
                                                                                                        Associate Professor, School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology
                                                                                                          Daniel Lubin, MD
                                                                                                          Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                            Tobey J. MacDonald, MD
                                                                                                            Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
                                                                                                              Zixu Mao, MD, PhD
                                                                                                              Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                Adam Marcus, PhD
                                                                                                                Deputy Director, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                  Morgan L. McLemore, MD
                                                                                                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                    Kenneth H. Moberg, PhD
                                                                                                                    Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                      Edward S. Mocarski, PhD
                                                                                                                      Robert W. Woodruff Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                        Carlos S. Moreno, PhD
                                                                                                                        Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                          Rita Nahta, PhD
                                                                                                                          Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                            Nawazish Naqvi, PhD
                                                                                                                            Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                              Stewart G. Neill, MD, MS
                                                                                                                              Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                Ilya Nemenman, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                                Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Emory University
                                                                                                                                  John M. Nickerson, PhD
                                                                                                                                  Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                    Shoichiro Ono, PhD
                                                                                                                                    Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                      Alexandre Orthwein, PhD, MSc
                                                                                                                                      Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                        David C. Pallas, PhD
                                                                                                                                        Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                          Mihir R. Patel, MD
                                                                                                                                          Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                            Deniz Peker, MD
                                                                                                                                            Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                              Christopher C. Porter, MD
                                                                                                                                              Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                Maureen A. Powers, PhD
                                                                                                                                                Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                  Zhaohui "Steve" Qin, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                                                  Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                    Cheng-Kui Qu, MD, PhD
                                                                                                                                                    Co-Leader, Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                      Renee Read, PhD
                                                                                                                                                      Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                        Leila Rieder, PhD, MA
                                                                                                                                                        Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
                                                                                                                                                          Brian S. Robinson, MD, PhD
                                                                                                                                                          Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                            Khalid Salaita, PhD
                                                                                                                                                            Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                              Lindsey Seldin, PhD
                                                                                                                                                              Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                Vahid Serpooshan, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                Assistant Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                  Nicholas T. Seyfried, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                  Director, Emory Integrated Proteomics Core, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                    Suma Shankar, MD, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                      Malathy Shanmugam, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                                                                      Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                        Qiuying Shi, MD, MS
                                                                                                                                                                        Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                          Steven Sloan, MD, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                          Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                            Jennifer M. Spangle, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                            Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                              Ryan J. Summers, MD
                                                                                                                                                                              Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                Shi-Yong Sun, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                  Daniel Sussman, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Emory College of Arts & Sciences
                                                                                                                                                                                    Yong Teng, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                    Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                      Denis Tsygankov, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                      Assistant Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                        Yong Wan, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                        Director for Basic Research, Glenn Family Breast Center, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                          Zhengqi Wang, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                          Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                            Qun Wang, MD, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                            Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                              Erica Werner, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                              Assistant Research Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                William R. Wilcox, MD, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hao Wu, PhD, MHS, MS
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chunhui Xu, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bing Yao, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                        David Yu, MD, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jerome Landry MD Chair of Cancer Biology and Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chang-Hyon Chris Yun, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases , Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Linsheng Zhang, MD, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wei Zheng, MD, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wei Zhou, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Leader, Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Muxiang Zhou , MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheng Zhu, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    J. Erskine Love Jr. Endowed Chair in Engineering Regents' Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yueming Zhu, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Emory University School of Medicine
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