Lead Investigator Bio

Pfeifer Laboratory
Gerd Pfeifer, Ph.D.
Professor, Center for Epigenetics

Areas of expertise: Epigenetics, CpG methylation, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, DNA demethylation


Dr. Gerd Pfeifer earned his M.S. in pharmacology in 1981 and his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1984 from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Frankfurt Medical School, he joined Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. in 1988. In 1993, he became full member of City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center and, in 1999, he was promoted to Professor of Biology at Beckman Research Institute. He also served as Program Leader for the City of Hope’s Programs in DNA Damage and Repair, and Cancer Biology; as chair of the Department of Biology (2001-2008); and as chair of the Department of Cancer Biology (2008-2012). Most recently, he served as the Lester M. and Irene C. Finkelstein Chair in Biology, and as Scientist Leader for the Lung, Head and Neck Disease Team at City of Hope. He joined VAI in 2014 as a professor.