Yi Zheng, PhD

Director, Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology

Institute Co-Director, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute

Katherine Stewart Waters Endowed Chair

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-0595

Fax 513-636-3768

Email yi.zheng@cchmc.org

Using transgenic and gene targeted mouse models to study the physiological and pathological roles of Rho GTPases and their regulators in hematopoiesis, neurogenesis, lung cancer development and small intestinal stem cell regulations mechanism based, rational design of small molecule inhibitors targeting Rho GTPase signaling modules and pathologic functions in cancer and blood diseases; mouse model studies of mTor signaling function in hematopoietic stem cells and small intestinal stem cells.

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BS: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1986.

MS: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1988.

PhD: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1991.

Postdoctoral Fellow: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1995.

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Kesarwani M, Huber E, Kincaid Z, Evelyn CR, Biesiada J, Rance M, Thapa MB, Shah NP, Meller J, Zheng Y, Azam M. Targeting substrate-site in Jak2 kinase prevents emergence of genetic resistance. Sci Report. 2015. In press.

Konstantinidis DG, Giger KM, Risinger M, Pushkaran S, Zhou P, Dexheimer P, Yerneni S, Andreassen P, Klingmüller U, Palis J, Zheng Y, Kalfa TA. Cytokinesis failure in RhoA-deficient mouse erythroblasts involves actomyosin and midbody dysregulation and triggers p53 activation. Blood. 2015 Jul 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Barry DM, Xu K, Meadows SM, Zheng Y, Norden PR, Davis GE, Cleaver O.  Cdc42 is required for cytoskeletal support of endothelial cell adhesion during blood vessel formation. Development. 2015 Aug 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Yang JQ, Kalim KW, Li Y, Zhang S, Hinge A, Filippi MD, Zheng Y, Guo F. RhoA orchestrates glycolysis for TH2 cell differentiation and allergic airway inflammation. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Jun 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Lin Y, Zheng Y. Approaches for targeting Rho GTPases in cancer drug discovery. Expert Opin Drug Discov. 2015 Sep;10(9):991-1010.

Zandvakili I, Davis AK, Hu G, Zheng Y. Loss of RhoA exacerbates, rather than dampens, oncogenic K-Ras induced lung adenoma formation in mice. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 1;10(6):e0127923.

Evelyn CR, Biesiada J, Duan X, Tang H, Shang X, Nelson S, Seibel WL, Meller J, Zheng Y. Combined rational design and a high throughput screening platform for identifying chemical inhibitors of a Ras-activating enzyme. J Biol Chem. 2015 May 15;290(20):12879-98.

Mikelis CM, Simaan M, Ando K, Fukuhara S, Sakurai A, Amornphimoltham P, Masedunskas A, Weigert R, Chavakis T, Adams RH, Offermanns S, Mochizuki N, Zheng Y, Gutkind JS. RhoA and ROCK mediate histamine-induced vascular leakage and anaphylactic shock. Nat Commun. 2015 Apr 10;6:6725.

Li J, Zhang L, Chen Z, Xie M, Huang L, Xue J, Liu Y, Liu N, Guo F, Zheng Y, Kong J, Zhang L. Cocaine activates Rac1 to control structural and behavioral plasticity in caudate putamen. Neurobiol Dis. 2015 Mar;75:159-76.

Chang KH, Nayak RC, Roy S, Perumbeti A, Wellendorf AM, Bezold KY, Pirman M, Hill SE, Starnes J, Loberg A, Zhou X, Inagami T, Zheng Y, Malik P, Cancelas JA. Vasculopathy-associated hyperangiotensinemia mobilizes haematopoietic stem cells/progenitors through endothelial AT₂R and cytoskeletal dysregulation. Nat Commun. 2015 Jan 9;6:5914.

Targeting Cdc42 for bone marrow transplant therapies. Principal investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2015 - Apr 2020. NIH R01CA193350.

Cdc42, hematopoietic stem cell polarity and cell fate. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Health - NIDDK. Dec 2015 - Nov 2019.

Blood stem cell aging and biomarker studies. Co-Principal Investigator. National Institute of Health - NHLBI. Aug 2016 - July 2020.

Activated protein C peptides for radio-mitigation. Co-Principal Investigator. National Institute of Health - NIAID. Apr 2017 - Mar 2019.

Leukemia Stem cell polarity and differentiation therapy. Co-Principal Investigator. National Institute of Health - NCI. Sep 2017 - July 2022.