Dorothy A. Lerit, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at
Emory University School of Medicine.

Memberships and Affiliations

Dorothy is a member of the Cancer Cell Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute. She is affiliated with the Emory Laney Graduate School programs in Biochemistry, Cell, and Developmental Biology (BCDB) and Genetics and Molecular Biology (GMB), and she is a research mentor for the Emory Fellowships in Research and Teaching (FIRST) IRACDA program. She is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and the Genetics Society of America (GSA).


Dorothy completed undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was a University Scholar Merit Award recipient and graduated magna cum laude. She earned her Ph.D. at Princeton University under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Gavis, where she was supported by a T32 fellowship. Dorothy was an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Nasser Rusan at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Dorothy is the recipient of a Lenfant Biomedical Research Fellowship and an NHLBI Career Transition Award (K22). She was recruited to Emory in 2016.