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Ali Shilatifard

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Director of the Simpson Querrey Center for Epigenetics
Robert Francis Furchgott Professor
Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Professor of Pediatrics


Areas of Focus

  • Mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL)
  • Childhood leukemia
  • The role of epigenetics in cancer
  • Leukemia biology


  • The development of promising, epigenetic target-specific drugs for childhood leukemia and other forms of cancer
  • UTX mutations in human cancer
  • Clinical therapy of leukemia


In a May 2019 TEDx talk at UChicago, Ali discussed how he and his colleagues have made leaps in understanding childhood leukemia.