Lori Pile

Lori Pile

Professor & Associate Dean CLAS



Lori Pile


4125 BSB, 5047 Gullen Mall Detroit, MI 48202

Office Address

4125 BSB, 5047 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202


 Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Chromatin structure and function
  • Regulation of gene expression
  • Histone modification in development, cell proliferation and metabolism
  • Cancer epigenetics

Research Description

Gene expression is regulated in part by the interactions of genomic DNA with the packaging histone proteins. Research in the Pile laboratory is directed toward understanding how genome packaging affects gene expression. Histones undergo a variety of modifications including acetylation, phosphorylation and methylation, which in turn affect the level of packaging. We are currently investigating how the SIN3 histone deacetylase complex functions to repress transcription at the epigenetic level. SIN3 is required for viability of multi-cellular organisms and mutations in components in the complex have been linked to defects in cell cycle progression. Current objectives of the lab are to understand regulatory pathways that affect SIN3 activity and to understand the consequences of SIN3 recruitment at target genes. We are taking a multi-pronged approach to address these questions in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster and in lung cancer. We utilize a combination of biochemical, molecular and genetic techniques to understand the mechanism of SIN3 gene regulation. Data from these studies will help to elucidate the contribution of histone acetylation to signaling cascades that impact cellular decisions critical for proliferation, development and viability. Information gained is critical for the development of new treatments for a variety of human health disorders, including cancer and metabolic disease.

Recent Publications

Soukar I, Mitra A and Pile LA. 2023. Analysis of the chromatin landscape and RNA polymerase II binding at SIN3-regulated genes. Biol Open. 12(11):bio060026. doi: 10.1242/bio.060026. Epub 2023 Nov 10. PMID: 37850739; PMCID: PMC10651107.

Soukar I, Amarasinghe A, and Pile LA. 2023. Coordination of cross-talk between metabolism and epigenetic regulation by the SIN3 complex. Enzymes. 53:33-68. doi: 10.1016/bs.enz.2023.06.001. Epub 2023 Jul 28. PMID: 37748836.

Allison V Mitchell, Ling Wu, C James Block, Mu Zhang, Justin Hackett, Douglas B Craig, Wei Chen, Yongzhong Zhao, Bin Zhang, Yongjun Dang, Xiaohong Zhang, Shengping Zhang, Chuangui Wang, Heather Gibson, Lori A Pile, Benjamin Kidder, Larry Matherly, Zhe Yang, Yali Dou, Guojun Wu. 2022. FOXQ1 recruits the MLL complex to activate transcription of EMT and promote breast cancer metastasis. Nature Communications 13:6548.

Mitra A, Vo L, Soukar I, Chaubal A, Greenberg ML, Pile LA. 2022. Isoforms of the transcriptional cofactor SIN3 differentially regulate genes necessary for energy metabolism and cell survival. Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Res. 1869:119322. 

Mitra A, Raicu AM, Hickey SL, Pile LA, Arnosti DN. 2021. Soft repression: Subtle transcriptional regulation with global impact. Bioessays. 43:e2000231. 

Liu M, Saha N, Gajan A, Saadat N, Gupta SV, Pile LA. 2020. A complex interplay between SAM synthetase and the epigenetic regulator SIN3 controls metabolism and transcription. J Biol Chem. 295:375-89.  


PhD in Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology (1998): University of Cincinnati Medical School

Courses Taught

CB7220 Molecular Biology of Cancer Development


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