Research Assistant Professor Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Cui obtained his PhD degree from Free University of Berlin in 2016. Afterwards, he did his postdoctoral tranining at Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC) of the MDC and Charité Berlin. From 2017 to 2018, he worked as a genetic consultant in BGI Genomics and as a senior lecturer in BGI College. By the end of 2018, Dr. Cui joined Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies at Southern University of Science and Technology.

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Dr. Cui is interested in understanding the function of epigenetic factors/mechanisms in development (e.g. early development, cardiac differentiation) and diseases (e.g. cancer).

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1. Cui H, Schlesinger J, Schoenhals S,Tönjes M, Dunkel I, Meierhofer D, Cano E, Schulz K, Berger MF, Haack T, Abdelilah-Seyfried S, Bulyk ML, Sauer S, Sperling SR. Phosphorylation of the chromatin remodeling factor DPF3a induces cardiac hypertrophy through releasing HEY repressors from DNA. 2016. Nucleic Acids Research.

2. Cui H, Bansal V, Schulz K, Malecova B, Dall’Agnese A, Latella L, Gatto S, Chen W, Grunert M, Dorn C, Puri PL, and Sperling SR. Muscle-relevant genes marked by stable H3K4me2/3 profiles and enriched MyoD binding during myogenic differentiation. 2017. Plos One.

3. Grunert M, Dorn C, Cui H, Dunkel I, Schulz K, Schoenhals S, Sun W, Berger F, Chen W, Sperling SR. DNA methylation alterations associated with gene expression changes depict congenital heart disease: Tetralogy of Fallot and ventricular septal defects. 2016. Cardiovascular Research.

4. Ben Jehuda R, Eisen B, Shemer Y, Mekies L.N, Szantai A, Reiter I, Cui H, Guan K, Haron-Khun S, Freimark D, Sperling S.R, Gherghiceanu M, Arad M, Binah O. CRISPR correction of the PRKAG2 gene mutation in the patient’s iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes eliminates the electrophysiological and structural abnormalities. 2017. Heart Rhythm.

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