Talk Title: Principles of Epigenetics and Chromatin in Development and Human Disease
Ali Shilatifard is considered a leader in the field of transcription and chromatin biology and leukemia research; and a pioneer in the field of epigenetics. Shilatifard is the Robert Francis Furchgott Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He serves as a Senior Editor for the journal Science, Deputy Editor for Science Advances, and as an Editor for the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology and serves on the Board of Reviewing Editors for eLife. Shilatifard’s laboratory has contributed significantly to the molecular understanding of the cause of childhood leukemia through chromosomal translocations, the role of ELL in this process, and the discovery of the Super Elongation Complex as being a central complex linking MLL translocations into a diverse number of genes to leukemic pathogenesis. Shilatifard’s studies and contributions are highly cited across many scientific fields. Shilatifard was recognized as a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow; recipient of the ASBMB-AMGEN Young Investigator Award; as a Scholar of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; and by the American Cancer Society. Shilatifard serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Max Planck Society; Genentech; and Keystone Symposia.