Chemical Biology Program

The Minkui Luo Lab


Minkui Luo, PhD
Minkui Luo, PhD

The Luo Lab is interested in developing and leveraging novel approaches at the interface of chemistry and biology to annotate functional roles of epigenetic modulators. Epigenetic regulation is essential for maintaining cellular fates and its dysregulation has been associated with various diseases including cancer. Among key epigenetic modulators are diverse protein methyltransferases/demethylases and methyl-arginine/lysine (Rme/Kme) effector proteins. With novel chemical tools developed in-house, we aim to systematically interrogate Rme/Kme-involved epigenetics with emphasis on novel molecular mechanisms and biological outcomes. The Luo laboratory is also interested in designing and synthesizing epigenetic inhibitors with the emphasis of the distinct modes of action in disease-relevant contexts. Researchers in the Luo Lab with expertise in chemistry, biochemistry and biology work in a highly collaborative manner to develop unprecedent chemical reagents for biological discovery, elucidate disease-causing mechanisms with molecular details, and explore novel treatments against cancer.

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The Minkui Luo Lab

Publications Highlights

Cai XC, Zhang T, Kim EJ, Jiang M, Wang K, Wang J, Chen S, Zhang N, Wu H, Li F, Dela Seña CC, Zeng H, Vivcharuk V, Niu X, Zheng W, Lee JP, Chen Y, Barsyte D, Szewczyk M, Hajian T, Ibáñez G, Dong A, Dombrovski L, Zhang Z, Deng H, Min J, Arrowsmith CH, Mazutis L, Shi L, Vedadi M, Brown PJ, Xiang J, Qin LX, Xu W, Luo M. A chemical probe of CARM1 alters epigenetic plasticity against breast cancer cell invasion. Elife. 2019 Oct 28;8:e47110. This work was highlighted by Elife Digest.

Chen S, Kapilashrami K, Senevirathne C, Wang Z, Wang J, Linscott JA, Luo M. Substrate-Differentiated Transition States of SET7/9-Catalyzed Lysine Methylation. J Am Chem Soc. 2019 May 22;141(20):8064-8067.

Chen S, Wiewiora RP, Meng F, Babault N, Ma A, Yu W, Qian K, Hu H, Zou H, Wang J, Fan S, Blum G, Pittella-Silva F, Beauchamp KA, Tempel W, Jiang H, Chen K, Skene RJ, Zheng YG, Brown PJ, Jin J, Luo C, Chodera JD, Luo M. The dynamic conformational landscape of the protein methyltransferase SETD8. Elife. 2019 May 13;8:e45403. This work was highlighted by Elife Digest, News of Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, MSKCC Blog, and TPCB Webpage.

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Minkui Luo, PhD

Minkui Luo, PhD

  • Chemical Biologist Minkui Luo develops cutting-edge tools, technologies and concepts to annotate functions of protein-posttranslational modifications and designs inhibitors for cancer therapies.
  • BS, Fudan University
  • PhD, Princeton University
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Minkui Luo

Lab Head

Junyi Wang, MS
Junyi Wang

Research Technician

Ryan Blawski, PhD
Ryan Blawski

Former Research Fellow

Rohit Chaudhuri

Research Fellow

Deyao Li

Research Fellow

Zhizhong Li

Senior Research Assistant

Laura Minaya
Laura Vidal

Administrative Assistant

Ke Wang
Ke Wang

Senior Research Scientist

Nicole Weiss
Nicole Weiss

Research Fellow

Yu Zong

Research Fellow

Lab Alumni
Candice Thompson

Administration Assistant

Gil Blum

Graduate Student

Ian Bothwell

Graduate Student

Han Guo

Graduate Student

Nawei Zhang, MD
Nawei Zhang

Senior Research Scientist

Liudmila Dzhekieva

Postdoctoral Fellow

Chamara Senevirathne, PhD
Chamara Senevirathne

Postdoctoral Fellow

Xiaochuan Cai, PhD
Xiaochuan Cai

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kanishk Kapilashrami

Postdoctoral Fellow

Li Yang

Visiting Professor

Fabio Pittella, PhD
Fabio Pittella

Visiting Investigator

Shi Chen, PhD
Shi Chen

Graduate Student

Cynthia Quintero
Cynthia Quintero

Joint Graduate Student with the Gudas Lab

Wei Tan

Joint Postdoctoral Fellow with the Zhao Lab

Fanny Cherblanc

Research Fellow

Jianxian Gong

Research Fellow

Glorymar Ibáñez

Senior Laboratory Technician

Elizabeth Isaac
Elizabeth Isaac

Graduate Student

Kabirul Islam

Research Fellow

Ming Jiang

Graduate Student

Michael Langberg, PhD
Michael Langberg

Research Fellow

Joshua Linscott

Research Fellow

Jamie McBean

Research Fellow

Michael J Stokes

Graduate Student

Feng Wang

Research Fellow

Lihui Wang

Visiting Investigator

Rui Wang

Research Fellow

Wei Xiong

Research Fellow

Weihong Zheng

Research Fellow

Yongxia Zhu
Yongxia Zhu

Graduate Research Student

Lab Affiliations


  • Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (R35), NIGMS/NIH (2019)
  • Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry, American Chemical Society (2015)
  • Clinical & Translational Science Center Novel Award, Weill Cornell Medical College (2014)
  • Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation (2011)
  • Director’s New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health (2010)
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  • Alfred W. Bressler Scholar, Alfred W. Bressler Scholars Endowment Fund (2010)
  • The V Scholar Award, V Foundation for Cancer Research (2009)
  • Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Prize, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2007)
  • Best Presentation Award, 3rd ACS Annual Metropolitan New York Area Poster Program for Graduate Students in the Chemical Sciences (2003)
  • Rohm & Haas Fellowship, Fudan University (1998)
  • Du Pont Fellowship, Fudan University (1998)

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A New Family of Metabolites-medated Lysine Acylation Pathways: Biochemistry, Epigenetics and Pathophysiology

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Minkui Luo discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Elsevier
    Professional Services and Activities
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Gordon Research Conferences
    Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
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  • Pacifichem, Inc.
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