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Anthony K.L. Leung, Ph.D.

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Joint Appointment in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Research Interests: non-coding RNAs; RNA-binding proteins; post-translational modifications; PARP inhibitors; RNA granules; diagnostics; proteomics



  • Joint Appointment in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Joint Appointment in Oncology



  • Ph.D., University of Dundee (United Kingdom) (2003)

Research & Publications


Laboratory of Gene Regulation

Gene regulation: Using multi-disciplinary and quantitative imaging, genomics and proteomics approaches, my lab uncovers novel roles of non-coding RNAs, non-membranous granules, and post-translational modifications.

Technology development: My lab develops proteomics and informatics tools to dissect the roles of a post-translational modification called ADP-ribosylation. 

Disease focus: My lab seeks to translate our basic science findings to therapy, e.g., PARP inhibitor in cancers and Chikungunya viral infection.

Selected Publications

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McPherson RL, Abraham R, Sreekumar E, Ong SE, Cheng SJ, Baxter VK, Kistemaker HA, Filippov DV, Griffin DE, Leung AK. ADP-ribosylhydrolase activity of Chikungunya virus macrodomain is critical for virus replication and virulence. PNAS 2017; 114(7):1666-1671.

Vivelo CA, Wat R, Agrawal C, Tee HY, Leung AK. ADPriboDB: The database of ADP-ribosylated proteins. Nucleic acids research. 2017; 45(D1):D204-D209.

Daniels CM, Ong SE, Leung AK. The Promise of Proteomics for the Study of ADP-Ribosylation. Molecular Cell. 2015; 58(6):911-24.

Daniels CM, Ong SE, Leung AK. Phosphoproteomic approach to characterize protein mono- and poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation sites from cells. Journal of proteome research. 2014; 13(8):3510-22.

Leung AK, Vyas S, Rood JE, Bhutkar A, Sharp PA, Chang P. Poly(ADP-ribose) regulates stress responses and microRNA activity in the cytoplasm. Molecular Cell. 2011; 42(4):489-99.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (JHSPH)

Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (JHSOM)

Human Genetics Program, Institute of Genetic Medicine (JHSOM)

Chemistry–Biology Interface (JHU)

Activities & Honors


  • Idea Award, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program
  • Faculty Innovation Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award
  • American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award
  • Johns Hopkins Discovery Award
  • W. W. Smith Charitable Trust Medical Research Award
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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