USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Yali Dou, Ph.D

Co-Leader of the Genomic and Epigenomic Regulation Research Program

Dr. Yali Dou is the Associate Director for Basic Research at USC Norris. In this role, Dr. Dou fosters high-impact cancer discovery research, enhances interdisciplinary collaborations that may lead to translation of basic laboratory findings, and assists with the development of vital infrastructure and processes to promote the success of USC Norris basic cancer researchers.

Dr. Dou’s experience and scientific impact perfectly align with the responsibilities of this position. She has served as the co-leader of the USC Norris Genomic and Epigenomic Regulation Program for the last three years. Her laboratory at USC uses multidisciplinary approaches to study the establishment and maintenance of gene regulatory networks, focusing on how chromatin modifications exert temporal and spatial gene regulation via transcription factors and DNA regulatory elements. She received her doctoral degree in genetics from the University of Rochester and was a postdoctoral fellow focusing on transcription regulation and chromatin biology at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Dou has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Scholar Award, Stand Up to Cancer IRG Award, AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award, and Dean’s Award in Basic Science at the University of Michigan.