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Woo-Ping Ge obtained his B.S. in biochemistry (2000) at East China Normal University and his Ph.D. in neurobiology (2005) at the Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His doctoral research focused on neuron-glia signaling. Dr. Ge conducted his postdoctoral research on glial cell generation at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Ge joined the faculty as an assistant professor at Children’s Research Institute (CRI) at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in September 2013.

The Ge lab is interested in studying the interactions between brain vasculature (blood vessels) and the nervous system (glial cells and neurons). By combining electrophysiology and in vivo imaging with genetic methods, they hope to determine how the brain builds the gliovascular and neurovascular network during development and how this network can be damaged as a result of a stroke and then repaired.

Ge Laboratory


East China Normal University (2000), Biochemistry
Graduate School
Chinese Academy of Sciences (2005), Neuroscience

Research Interest

  • Development of new tools
  • Glia-Glioma Interactions
  • Neuron/Glia-Pericyte Interactions


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Chemical genetic identification of NDR1/2 kinase substrates AAK1 and Rabin8 Uncovers their roles in dendrite arborization and spine development.
Ultanir SK, Hertz NT, Li G, Ge WP, Burlingame AL, Pleasure SJ, Shokat KM, Jan LY, Jan YN. Neuron 2012 73(6) 1127-42
Bidirectional regulation of dendritic voltage-gated potassium channels by the fragile X mental retardation protein.
Lee HY, Ge WP, Huang W, He Y, Wang GX, Rowson-Baldwin A, Smith SJ, Jan YN, Jan LY. Neuron. 2011 72(4)
G protein-activated inwardly rectifying potassium channels mediate depotentiation of long-term potentiation.
Chung HJ*, Ge WP*, Qian X, Wiser O, Jan YN, Jan LY. (co-first author) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 106(2) 635-40
Persistent enhancement of neuron-glia signaling mediated by increased extracellular K+ accompanying long-term synaptic potentiation.
Ge WP, Duan S. J Neurophysiol. 2007 97(3) 2564-9
Identification and two-photon imaging of oligodendrocyte in CA1 region of hippocampal slices.
Zhou W, Ge WP, Zeng S, Duan S, Luo Q. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2007 352(3) 598-602
A toolbox for light control of Drosophila behaviors through Channelrhodopsin 2-mediated photoactivation of targeted neurons.
Zhang W, Ge W, Wang Z. Eur J Neurosci. 2007 26(9) 2405-16

Honors & Awards

  • Bugher-American Heart Association Dan Adams Thinking Outside the Box Award
  • NINDS Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
  • 100 Excellent Ph.D. theses of China
  • China's Top 10 Advances in Basic Research in 2006
  • Human Frontier Science Program Long-term Fellowship Award