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Jelani Chinelo Zarif, Ph.D., M.S.

Jelani Chinelo Zarif, Ph.D., M.S.

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  • Assistant Professor of Oncology

Research Interests

Prostate Cancer Immunology


Dr. Jelani Zarif is an Assistant Professor of Oncology (Prostate Cancer Program) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Zarif is also a member of the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. The Zarif laboratory studies molecular mechanisms by immune cells within the tumor microenvironment that ultimately promote tumor growth, therapeutic resistance, and metastasis. The Zarif laboratory also focuses on discovering and investigating new biomarkers that may be expressed on myeloid cells that could predict clinical response to standard of care treatments for prostate cancer.

Dr. Zarif received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Michigan State University.  He then completed two post-doctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Prostate Cancer Foundation's Young Investigator award, The Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund, and the NCI K22 Career Transition award. more


  • Assistant Professor of Oncology

Departments / Divisions



  • B.S.; Jackson State University (Mississippi) (2005)
  • M.S.; Jackson State University (Mississippi) (2007)
  • Ph.D.; Michigan State University (Michigan) (2014)

Additional Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Urology, The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Urology  (2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Oncology, Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Oncology - Immunology/Hematopoeisis (2018)

Research & Publications

Technology Expertise Keywords

Prostate Cancer

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation



Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Activities & Honors


  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • Society for Basic Urologic Research (SBUR)

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Zarif Wins PCF Young Investigator Award, Discovery (Winter 2017)

Immune Profiling of High-Risk Prostate Cancer, The Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund, (November 4, 2018)

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