U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Kai Ge

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-451-1998
Email: kai.ge@nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Postdoctoral FellowThe Rockefeller University2000–2003
  • Postdoctoral FellowThe Wistar Institute1997–2000
  • Ph.D.Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences1997
  • B.S.Fudan University1992

 Related Links

  • Cell Biology/Cell Signaling
  • Chromosome Biology/Epigenetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Molecular Biology/Biochemistry
  • Stem Cells/Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Systems Biology


A selection of recent and significant publications can be viewed below.

Shi X, Zhang Z, Zhan X, Cao M, Satoh T, Akira S, Shpargel K, Magnuson T, Li Q, Wang R, Wang C, Ge K, Wu J. An epigenetic switch induced by Shh signalling regulates gene activation during development and medulloblastoma growth. Nat Commun. 2014 Nov 5; 5 (2014 Nov 5; 5):5425. [Full Text/Abstract]
Santos MA, Faryabi RB, Ergen AV, Day AM, Malhowski A, Canela A, Onozawa M, Lee JE, Callen E, Gutierrez-Martinez P, Chen HT, Wong N, Finkel N, Deshpande A, Sharrow S, Rossi DJ, Ito K, Ge K, Aplan PD, Armstrong SA, Nussenzweig A. DNA-damage-induced differentiation of leukaemic cells as an anti-cancer barrier. Nature. 2014 Jul 27; 514 (514; 7520; 2014 Jul 27):107-111. [Full Text/Abstract]
Jin Q, Wang C, Kuang X, Feng X, Sartorelli V, Ying H, Ge K, Dent SY. Gcn5 and PCAF Regulate PPARγ and Prdm16 Expression To Facilitate Brown Adipogenesis. Mol Cell Biol. 2014 Jul 28; 34 (19; 2014 Jul 28; 34):3746-53. [Full Text/Abstract]
Jin Q, Zhuang L, Lai B, Wang C, Li W, Dolan B, Lu Y, Wang Z, Zhao K, Peng W, Dent SY, Ge K. Gcn5 and PCAF negatively regulate interferon-β production through HAT-independent inhibition of TBK1. EMBO Rep. 2014 Sep 30; 15 (2014 Sep 30; 15; 11):1192-201. [Full Text/Abstract]
Kumar A, Lualdi M, Loncarek J, Cho YW, Lee JE, Ge K, Kuehn MR. Loss of function of mouse Pax-Interacting Protein 1-associated glutamate rich protein 1a (Pagr1a) leads to reduced Bmp2 expression and defects in chorion and amnion development. Dev Dyn. 2014 Jul; 243 (243; 7; 2014 Jul):937-47. [Full Text/Abstract]
Lee JE, Ge K. Transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of PPARγ expression during adipogenesis. Cell Biosci. 2014; 4 (2014; 4):29. [Full Text/Abstract]
Lee JE, Wang C, Xu S, Cho YW, Wang L, Feng X, Baldridge A, Sartorelli V, Zhuang L, Peng W, Ge K. H3K4 mono- and di-methyltransferase MLL4 is required for enhancer activation during cell differentiation. Elife. 2013 Dec 24; 2 (0; 2; 2013 Dec 24):e01503. [Full Text/Abstract]
Callen E, Di Virgilio M, Kruhlak MJ, Nieto-Soler M, Wong N, Chen HT, Faryabi RB, Polato F, Santos M, Starnes LM, Wesemann DR, Lee JE, Tubbs A, Sleckman BP, Daniel JA, Ge K, Alt FW, Fernandez-Capetillo O, Nussenzweig MC, Nussenzweig A. 53BP1 mediates productive and mutagenic DNA repair through distinct phosphoprotein interactions. Cell. 2013 Jun 6; 153 (153; 6; 2013 Jun 6):1266-80. [Full Text/Abstract]
Hu G, Cui K, Northrup D, Liu C, Wang C, Tang Q, Ge K, Levens D, Crane-Robinson C, Zhao K. H2A.Z facilitates access of active and repressive complexes to chromatin in embryonic stem cell self-renewal and differentiation. Cell Stem Cell. 2013 Feb 7; 12 (2013 Feb 7; 2; 12):180-92. [Full Text/Abstract]
Wang L, Xu S, Lee JE, Baldridge A, Grullon S, Peng W, Ge K. Histone H3K9 methyltransferase G9a represses PPARγ expression and adipogenesis. EMBO J. 2013 Jan 9; 32 (32; 2013 Jan 9; 1):45-59. [Full Text/Abstract]
Wang C, Lee JE, Cho YW, Xiao Y, Jin Q, Liu C, Ge K. UTX regulates mesoderm differentiation of embryonic stem cells independent of H3K27 demethylase activity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Sep 18; 109 (38; 109; 2012 Sep 18):15324-9. [Full Text/Abstract]
Ge K. Epigenetic regulation of adipogenesis by histone methylation. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2012 Jul; 1819 (7; 2012 Jul; 1819):727-32. [Full Text/Abstract]
Cho YW, Hong S, Ge K. Affinity purification of MLL3/MLL4 histone H3K4 methyltransferase complex. Methods Mol Biol. 2012; 809 (2012; 809):465-72. [Full Text/Abstract]
Wang C, Liu Z, Woo CW, Li Z, Wang L, Wei JS, Marquez VE, Bates SE, Jin Q, Khan J, Ge K, Thiele CJ. EZH2 Mediates epigenetic silencing of neuroblastoma suppressor genes CASZ1, CLU, RUNX3, and NGFR. Cancer Res. 2012 Jan 1; 72 (72; 1; 2012 Jan 1):315-24. [Full Text/Abstract]
Jin Q, Yu LR, Wang L, Zhang Z, Kasper LH, Lee JE, Wang C, Brindle PK, Dent SY, Ge K. Distinct roles of GCN5/PCAF-mediated H3K9ac and CBP/p300-mediated H3K18/27ac in nuclear receptor transactivation. EMBO J. 2011 Jan 19; 30 (30; 2; 2011 Jan 19):249-62. [Full Text/Abstract]
Seenundun S, Rampalli S, Liu QC, Aziz A, Palii C, Hong S, Blais A, Brand M, Ge K, Dilworth FJ. UTX mediates demethylation of H3K27me3 at muscle-specific genes during myogenesis. EMBO J. 2010 Apr 21; 29 (8; 29; 2010 Apr 21):1401-11. [Full Text/Abstract]
Wang L, Jin Q, Lee JE, Su IH, Ge K. Histone H3K27 methyltransferase Ezh2 represses Wnt genes to facilitate adipogenesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Apr 20; 107 (2010 Apr 20; 107; 16):7317-22. [Full Text/Abstract]
Cho YW, Hong S, Jin Q, Wang L, Lee JE, Gavrilova O, Ge K. Histone methylation regulator PTIP is required for PPARgamma and C/EBPalpha expression and adipogenesis. Cell Metab. 2009 Jul; 10 (2009 Jul; 10; 1):27-39. [Full Text/Abstract]
Gong Z, Cho YW, Kim JE, Ge K, Chen J. Accumulation of Pax2 transactivation domain interaction protein (PTIP) at sites of DNA breaks via RNF8-dependent pathway is required for cell survival after DNA damage. J Biol Chem. 2009 Mar 13; 284 (284; 2009 Mar 13; 11):7284-93. [Full Text/Abstract]
Ge K, Cho YW, Guo H, Hong TB, Guermah M, Ito M, Yu H, Kalkum M, Roeder RG. Alternative mechanisms by which mediator subunit MED1/TRAP220 regulates peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma-stimulated adipogenesis and target gene expression. Mol Cell Biol. 2008 Feb; 28 (28; 3; 2008 Feb):1081-91. [Full Text/Abstract]
Hong S, Cho YW, Yu LR, Yu H, Veenstra TD, Ge K. Identification of JmjC domain-containing UTX and JMJD3 as histone H3 lysine 27 demethylases. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Nov 20; 104 (104; 2007 Nov 20; 47):18439-44. [Full Text/Abstract]
Cho YW, Hong T, Hong S, Guo H, Yu H, Kim D, Guszczynski T, Dressler GR, Copeland TD, Kalkum M, Ge K. PTIP associates with MLL3- and MLL4-containing histone H3 lysine 4 methyltransferase complex. J Biol Chem. 2007 Jul 13; 282 (2007 Jul 13; 28; 282):20395-406. [Full Text/Abstract]
Guermah M, Ge K, Chiang CM, Roeder RG. The TBN protein, which is essential for early embryonic mouse development, is an inducible TAFII implicated in adipogenesis. Mol Cell. 2003 Oct; 12 (4; 12; 2003 Oct):991-1001. [Full Text/Abstract]
Ge K, Guermah M, Yuan CX, Ito M, Wallberg AE, Spiegelman BM, Roeder RG. Transcription coactivator TRAP220 is required for PPAR gamma 2-stimulated adipogenesis. Nature. 2002 May 30; 417 (417; 2002 May 30; 6888):563-7. [Full Text/Abstract]