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Xinwei Cao, PhD

Xinwei Cao, PhD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty


Developmental Neurobiology

Contact Information

Xinwei Cao, PhD
Developmental Neurobiology
MS 323, Room D2025G
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678
Phone: (901) 595-6525
FAX: (901) 595-3143


PhD – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas
BS – Beijing (Peking) University, Beijing, China

Research Interests

Selected Publications

Serinagaoglu Y, Paré J, Giovannini M, Cao X. Nf2-Yap signaling controls the expansion of DRG progenitors and glia during DRG development. Dev Biol 398:97-109, 2015.

Lavado A, Ware M, Paré J, Cao X. The tumor suppressor Nf2 regulates corpus callosum development by inhibiting the transcriptional coactivator Yap. Development 141: 4182-93, 2014. Featured in Editor’s Choice, Sci Signal (7) ec305

Lavado A, He Y, Paré J, Neale G, Olson EN, Giovannini M, Cao X. Tumor suppressor Nf2 limits expansion of the neural progenitor pool by inhibiting Yap/Taz transcriptional coactivators. Development 140: 3323-34, 2013.

Denli AM, Cao X, Gage FH. miR-9 and TLX: chasing tails in neural stem cells. Nat Struct Mol Biol 16:346-347, 2009.

Cao X, Pfaff SL, Gage FH. YAP regulates neural progenitor cell number via the TEA domain transcription factor. Genes & Dev 22:3320-3334, 2008.

Cao X, Pfaff SL, Gage FH. A functional study of miR-124 in the developing neural tube. Genes & Dev 21:531-536, 2007.

Cao X, Yeo G, Muotri AR, Kuwabara T, Gage FH. Noncoding RNAs in the mammalian central nervous system. Annu Rev Neurosci 29:77-103, 2006.

Cao X, Südhof TC. Dissection of amyloid-β precursor protein-dependent transcriptional transactivation. J Biol Chem 279:24601-11, 2004.

Biederer T, Cao X, Südhof TC, Liu X. Regulation of APP-dependent transcription complexes by Mint/X11s: differential functions of Mint isoforms. J Neurosci 22:7340-51, 2002.

Cao X, Südhof TC. A transcriptionally active complex of APP with Fe65 and histone acetyltransferase Tip60. Science 293:115-20, 2001.

Last update: January 2015