Yali Dou, Ph.D

Professor, Pathology
Professor, Biological Chemistry

5215 Med Sci I

1301 Catherine St

Ann Arbor, MI  48109-5602


(734) 615-1315

Areas of Interest

Cell fate decisions are controlled by tissue-specific transcription factors acting in concert with epigenetic regulators such as enzymes that carry out histone post-translational modifications. Epigenetic dysregulation emerges as a key characteristic of human malignancies. The Dou lab seeks to determine the epigenetic basis of normal and aberrant embryonic and hematopoietic development. By comparing the ontogeny of gene regulatory networks in embryonic stem cells as well as leukemia stem cells, the lab aims to understand how lineage-specifying transcription factors, non-coding DNA regulatory regions and epigenetic modulating enzymes cooperate to maintain or reprogram stem cell characteristics, expand differentiation potentials, and perturb disease development. These studies promise to not only advance our understanding of the context-specific roles of epigenetic modulators in development and diseases, but also provide critical insights into designing novel target-based therapeutic strategies in cancer treatment and regenerative medicine.

Honors & Awards

Basic Science Research Award, University of Michigan Medical School, 2014
Scholar Award, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2012
Innovative Research Grant, Stand Up To Cancer, 2011
Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award, American Association for Cancer Research, 2010
Research Scholar Grant, American Cancer Society, 2010
Biological Sciences Scholar, University of Michigan, 2006

Published Articles or Reviews

Recent Publications

p53 Integrates Temporal WDR5 Inputs during Neuroectoderm and Mesoderm Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells.
Li Q, Mao F, Zhou B, Huang Y, Zou Z, denDekker AD, Xu J, Hou S, Liu J, Dou Y, Rao RC.
Cell Rep. 2020; 30: 465-80.e6.

Menin inhibitor MI-3454 induces remission in MLL1-rearranged and NPM1-mutated models of leukemia.
Klossowski S, Miao H, Kempinska K, Wu T, Purohit T, Kim E, Linhares BM, Chen D, Jih G, Perkey E, Huang H, He M, Wen B, Wang Y, Yu K, Lee SC, Danet-Desnoyers G, Trotman W, Kandarpa M, Cotton A, Abdel-Wahab O, Lei H, Dou Y, Guzman M, Peterson L, Gruber T, Choi S, Sun D, Ren P, Li LS, Liu Y, Burrows F, Maillard I, Cierpicki T, Grembecka J.
J Clin Invest. 2020; 130: 981-97.

Cryo-EM structure of the human MLL1 core complex bound to the nucleosome.
Park SH, Ayoub A, Lee YT, Xu J, Kim H, Zheng W, Zhang B, Sha L, An S, Zhang Y, Cianfrocco MA, Su M, Dou Y, Cho US.
Nat Commun. 2019; 10: 5540.

Developmental ROS individualizes organismal stress resistance and lifespan.
Bazopoulou D, Knoefler D, Zheng Y, Ulrich K, Oleson BJ, Xie L, Kim M, Kaufmann A, Lee YT, Dou Y, Chen Y, Quan S, Jakob U.
Nature. 2019; 576: 301-5.

MLL1 Inhibition and Vitamin D Signaling Cooperate to Facilitate the Expanded Pluripotency State.
Zhang H, Khoa LTP, Mao F, Xu H, Zhou B, Han Y, O'Leary M, Nusrat A, Wang L, Saunders TL, Dou Y.
Cell Rep. 2019; 29: 2659-71.

Selective binding of the PHD6 finger of MLL4 to histone H4K16ac links MLL4 and MOF.
Zhang Y, Jang Y, Lee JE, Ahn J, Xu L, Holden MR, Cornett EM, Krajewski K, Klein BJ, Wang SP, Dou Y, Roeder RG, Strahl BD, Rothbart SB, Shi X, Ge K, Kutateladze TG.
Nat Commun. 2019; 10: 2314.

Modulating Protein-Protein Interactions with Visible-Light-Responsive Peptide Backbone Photoswitches.
Albert L, Peñalver A, Djokovic N, Werel L, Hoffarth M, Ruzic D, Xu J, Essen LO, Nikolic K, Dou Y, Vázquez O.
Chembiochem. 2019; 20: 1417-29.

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