Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
Qi  Cao, PhD

Qi Cao, PhD

Associate Professor of Urology

Focus of Work

Bio

I have been working on prostate cancer and epigenetics for over 15 years and published over 30 peer-reviewed publications. My major contributions to the field of prostate cancer and other cancer research include:
(1) identification of PcG protein histone methyltransferase EZH2 as a biomarker for aggressive breast and prostate cancer;
(2) characterization of EZH2 as an oncogene by repressing multiple tumor suppressors in breast
and prostate cancer;
(3) discovery of genomic loss of miR-101 in br...[Read full text]
I have been working on prostate cancer and epigenetics for over 15 years and published over 30 peer-reviewed publications. My major contributions to the field of prostate cancer and other cancer research include:
(1) identification of PcG protein histone methyltransferase EZH2 as a biomarker for aggressive breast and prostate cancer;
(2) characterization of EZH2 as an oncogene by repressing multiple tumor suppressors in breast
and prostate cancer;
(3) discovery of genomic loss of miR-101 in breast and prostate cancer and the upregulation
of EZH2 by miR-101 in cancer; and (4) the coordinated regulation between Polycomb Repressive Complexes 1 and 2 in breast and prostate cancer progression.

My work has demonstrated EZH2 and BMI1 as valuable therapeutic targets in cancer, and several pharmaceutical companies are developing EZH2- or BMI1- specific inhibitors for cancer therapy.[Shorten text]

Education and Certification

  • MS: Peking University, Cell Biology (2001)
  • PhD: University of Michigan, Pathology (2008)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Michigan, Cancer and Epigenetics (2012)

Contact

Laboratory: 312-503-5990

NMH/Arkes Family Pavilion Suite 2300
676 N Saint Clair
Chicago IL 60611