Xiaodong Cheng, Ph.D.

Professor , Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas

Dr. Cheng began his education in Shanghai, China where he received a B.Sc. in Physics from Fudan University in 1982. He then moved to the United States, where he received a Ph.D. in Physics on Neutron Diffraction from SUNY at Story Brook in 1989. Dr. Cheng started his own laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and began fruitful research collaboration with Dr. Richard J. Roberts that led to the discovery of DNA base flipping (1994). Dr. Cheng moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1997 as a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Professor of Biochemistry at Emory University School of Medicine, and in 2017, Dr. Cheng joined MD Anderson Cancer Center. His current work primarily focuses on the generation, recognition, and erasure of epigenetic methyl marks on DNA and histones. In recognition of his “distinguished contributions to the field of epigenetics by elucidating structural insights and enzymatic mechanisms of DNA and histone modification enzymes”, Dr. Cheng was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012.


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