Research Summary

My research is focused on functional genomics and epigenomics of lymphoma and leukemia, based on computational and statistical modeling and analysis of large-scale data derived from high-throughput microarray (gene expression, DNA methylation, ChIP-Chip, arrayCGH and SNP arrays) and next generation sequencing technologies (RNA-seq, Whole Exome-Seq, ChIP-seq and DNA methylation eRRBS-seq). Applying bioinformatics approaches, we are interested in identifying and evaluating 1) genetic and epigenetic abnormalities in the lymphomagenesis and leukemogenesis, 2) new biomarkers for prognosis and disease classification, and 3) novel therapeutic targets to develop precision medicine for different forms of lymphoma and leukemia. We have profiled 1000+ lymphoma and leukemia patient samples from LLMPP, COG, ECOG and other international consortiums and curated thousands of lymphoma and leukemia patient samples from public GEO, TCGA and TARGET datasets with different array and NGS platforms. Using these data, we have developed an integrative genomic and epigenomic metadata platform to study the master regulators and regulatory networks of hematopoietic malignancies. I have ongoing Intra- and Inter-Programmatic collaborations with numerous Cancer Center Members and Associate Members, including Markus Muschen, Neil Shah, James Rubenstein, Scott Kogan and Mignon Loh.


University of Science & Technology of China, BS, 1999, School of the Gifted Young (Biophysics)
University of Nebraska at Omaha, MS, 2004, Computer Science
University of Nebraska Medical Center, PhD, 2008, Bioinformatics
Weill Cornell Medical College, Postdoc, 2008-2011, Computational Biology

Honors & Awards

  • 2004
    Best Poster Award, IEEE Computer Society Bioinformatics Conference (CSB'04), Stanford Univerisity, CA
  • 2005
    Kerrigan Research Minigrants Award, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE
  • 2007
    Best Poster Award, 2007 Nebraska Research and Innovation Conference, Omaha, NE
  • 2007
    Bukey Fellowship, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • 2008
    Blanche Widaman Fellowship, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • 2008
    Harris Award in Cancer Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Selected Publications

  1. Chan TY, Egbert CM, Maxson JE, Siddiqui A, Larsen LJ, Kohler K, Balasooriya ER, Pennington KL, Tsang TM, Frey M, Soderblom EJ, Geng H, Müschen M, Forostyan TV, Free S, Mercenne G, Banks CJ, Valdoz J, Whatcott CJ, Foulks JM, Bearss DJ, O'Hare T, Huang DCS, Christensen KA, Moody J, Warner SL, Tyner JW, Andersen JL. TNK1 is a ubiquitin-binding and 14-3-3-regulated kinase that can be targeted to block tumor growth. Nat Commun. 2021 Sep 09; 12(1):5337.  View on PubMed
  2. Drew WL, Miller S, Geng H, Ingebrigtsen D, Suslow LM and Suslow PS. Absence of Influenza and RSV Activity in the San
    Francisco Bay Area during the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020-2021. J Adv Virol Res. 2021; 1(1):103.  View on PubMed
  3. Nix MA, Mandal K, Geng H, Paranjape N, Lin YT, Rivera JM, Marcoulis M, White KL, Whitman JD, Bapat SP, Parker KR, Ramirez J, Deucher A, Phojanokong P, Steri V, Fattahi F, Hann BC, Satpathy AT, Manglik A, Stieglitz E, Wiita AP. Surface Proteomics Reveals CD72 as a Target for In Vitro-Evolved Nanobody-Based CAR-T Cells in KMT2A/MLL1-Rearranged B-ALL. Cancer Discov. 2021 Aug; 11(8):2032-2049.  View on PubMed
  4. Geng H, Tsang M, Subbaraj L, Cleveland J, Chen L, Lu M, Sharma J, Vigneron DB, Kurhanewicz J, LaFontaine M, Luks T, Barshop BA, Gangoiti J, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Rubenstein JL. Tumor Metabolism and Neurocognition in CNS Lymphoma. Neuro Oncol. 2021 Feb 24.  View on PubMed
  5. Yu RC, Zhang QC, Liu Y, Chen ZF, Geng HX, Dai L, Lin ZR, Tang WJ, Kong FZ, Yan T, Zhou MJ. The dinoflagellate Alexandrium catenella producing only carbamate toxins may account for the seafood poisonings in Qinhuangdao, China. Harmful Algae. 2021 03; 103:101980.  View on PubMed
  6. Pan L, Hong C, Chan LN, Xiao G, Malvi P, Robinson ME, Geng H, Reddy ST, Lee J, Khairnar V, Cosgun KN, Xu L, Kume K, Sadras T, Wang S, Wajapeyee N, Müschen M. PON2 subverts metabolic gatekeeper functions in B cells to promote leukemogenesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 02 16; 118(7).  View on PubMed
  7. Lee J, Robinson ME, Ma N, Artadji D, Ahmed MA, Xiao G, Sadras T, Deb G, Winchester J, Cosgun KN, Geng H, Chan LN, Kume K, Miettinen TP, Zhang Y, Nix MA, Klemm L, Chen CW, Chen J, Khairnar V, Wiita AP, Thomas-Tikhonenko A, Farzan M, Jung JU, Weinstock DM, Manalis SR, Diamond MS, Vaidehi N, Müschen M. IFITM3 functions as a PIP3 scaffold to amplify PI3K signalling in B cells. Nature. 2020 12; 588(7838):491-497.  View on PubMed
  8. Fan H, Lu J, Guo Y, Li D, Zhang ZM, Tsai YH, Pi WC, Ahn JH, Gong W, Xiang Y, Allison DF, Geng H, He S, Diao Y, Chen WY, Strahl BD, Cai L, Song J, Wang GG. BAHCC1 binds H3K27me3 via a conserved BAH module to mediate gene silencing and oncogenesis. Nat Genet. 2020 12; 52(12):1384-1396.  View on PubMed
  9. Fitch B, Roy R, Geng H, Montecino-Rodriguez E, Bengtsson H, Gaillard C, Hiam K, Casero D, Olshen AB, Dorshkind K, Kogan SC. Human pediatric B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemias can be classified as B-1 or B-2-like based on a minimal transcriptional signature. Exp Hematol. 2020 10; 90:65-71.e1.  View on PubMed
  10. Chan LN, Murakami MA, Robinson ME, Caeser R, Sadras T, Lee J, Cosgun KN, Kume K, Khairnar V, Xiao G, Ahmed MA, Aghania E, Deb G, Hurtz C, Shojaee S, Hong C, Pölönen P, Nix MA, Chen Z, Chen CW, Chen J, Vogt A, Heinäniemi M, Lohi O, Wiita AP, Izraeli S, Geng H, Weinstock DM, Müschen M. Signalling input from divergent pathways subverts B cell transformation. Nature. 2020 07; 583(7818):845-851.  View on PubMed
  11. Gang EJ, Kim HN, Hsieh YT, Ruan Y, Ogana HA, Lee S, Pham J, Geng H, Park E, Klemm L, Willman CL, Carroll WL, Mittelman SD, Orgel E, Oberley MJ, Parekh C, Abdel-Azim H, Bhojwani D, Wayne AS, De Arcangelis A, Georges-Labouesse E, Wayner E, Bonig H, Minasyan A, Ten Hoeve J, Graeber TG, Müschen M, Heisterkamp N, Kim YM. Integrin a6 mediates the drug resistance of acute lymphoblastic B-cell leukemia. Blood. 2020 07 09; 136(2):210-223.  View on PubMed
  12. Pi WC, Wang J, Shimada M, Lin JW, Geng H, Lee YL, Lu R, Li D, Wang GG, Roeder RG, Chen WY. E2A-PBX1 functions as a coactivator for RUNX1 in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Blood. 2020 07 02; 136(1):11-23.  View on PubMed
  13. Godfrey L, Crump NT, O'Byrne S, Lau IJ, Rice S, Harman JR, Jackson T, Elliott N, Buck G, Connor C, Thorne R, Knapp DJHF, Heidenreich O, Vyas P, Menendez P, Inglott S, Ancliff P, Geng H, Roberts I, Roy A, Milne TA. H3K79me2/3 controls enhancer-promoter interactions and activation of the pan-cancer stem cell marker PROM1/CD133 in MLL-AF4 leukemia cells. Leukemia. 2021 01; 35(1):90-106.  View on PubMed
  14. Brown MA, Edwards MA, Alshiraihi I, Geng H, Dekker JD, Tucker HO. The lysine methyltransferase SMYD2 is required for normal lymphocyte development and survival of hematopoietic leukemias. Genes Immun. 2020 02; 21(2):119-130.  View on PubMed
  15. Choudhry P, Mariano MC, Geng H, Martin TG, Wolf JL, Wong SW, Shah N, Wiita AP. DNA methyltransferase inhibitors upregulate CD38 protein expression and enhance daratumumab efficacy in multiple myeloma. Leukemia. 2020 03; 34(3):938-941.  View on PubMed
  16. Hurtz C, Chan LN, Geng H, Ballabio E, Xiao G, Deb G, Khoury H, Chen CW, Armstrong SA, Chen J, Ernst P, Melnick A, Milne T, Müschen M. Rationale for targeting BCL6 in MLL-rearranged acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Genes Dev. 2019 09 01; 33(17-18):1265-1279.  View on PubMed
  17. Rubenstein JL, Geng H, Vu K, Mannis G, Formaker P, Hwang J, Munster PN, Damato B. Maintenance lenalidomide in primary CNS lymphoma. Ann Oncol. 2019 08 01; 30(8):1397-1398.  View on PubMed
  18. Vu K, Mannis G, Hwang J, Geng H, Rubenstein JL. Low-dose lenalidomide maintenance after induction therapy in older patients with primary central nervous system lymphoma. Br J Haematol. 2019 07; 186(1):180-183.  View on PubMed
  19. Hatzi K, Geng H, Doane AS, Meydan C, LaRiviere R, Cardenas M, Duy C, Shen H, Vidal MNC, Baslan T, Mohammad HP, Kruger RG, Shaknovich R, Haberman AM, Inghirami G, Lowe SW, Melnick AM. Histone demethylase LSD1 is required for germinal center formation and BCL6-driven lymphomagenesis. Nat Immunol. 2019 01; 20(1):86-96.  View on PubMed
  20. Gaillard C, Surianarayanan S, Bentley T, Warr MR, Fitch B, Geng H, Passegué E, de Thé H, Kogan SC. Identification of IRF8 as a potent tumor suppressor in murine acute promyelocytic leukemia. Blood Adv. 2018 10 09; 2(19):2462-2466.  View on PubMed

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