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Hans-Martin Herz, PhD
Hans-Martin Herz, PhD

Hans-Martin Herz, PhD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty



Postdoctoral Studies – Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, MO
PhD – Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg (ZMBH), University of Heidelberg, Germany
BS – Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg (ZMBH), University of Heidelberg, Germany

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award
  • 2009 Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research Interests

  • Epigenetic regulation of enhancer activity and gene expression by chromatin-modifying proteins
  • Non-histone substrates of histone-modifying enzymes
  • Epigenetic deregulation in disease

Selected Publications

Mondal B, Jin H, Kallappagoudar S, Sedkov Y, Martinez T, Sentmanat MF, Poet GJ, Li C, Fan Y, Pruett-Miller SM, Herz HM. The histone deacetylase complex MiDAC regulates a neurodevelopmental gene expression program to control neurite outgrowth. eLife 9:e57519, 2020.

Rickels R, Herz HM*, Sze CC, Cao K, Morgan MA, Collings CK, Gause M, Takahashi YH, Wang L, Rendleman EJ, Marshall SA, Krueger A, Bartom ET, Piunti A, Smith ER, Abshiru NA, Kelleher NL, Dorsett D, Shilatifard A. Histone H3K4 monomethylation catalyzed by Trr and mammalian COMPASS-like proteins at enhancers is dispensable for development and viability. Nat Genet 49:1647-1653, 2017. *Equal contribution

Morgan MAJ, Rickels RA, Collings CK, He X, Cao K, Herz HM, Cozzolino KA, Abshiru NA, Marshall SA, Rendleman EJ, Sze CC, Piunti A, Kelleher NL, Savas JN, Shilatifard A. A cryptic Tudor domain links BRWD2/PHIP to COMPASS-mediated histone H3K4 methylation. Genes Dev 31:2003-2014, 2017.

Herz HM. Enhancer deregulation in cancer and other diseases. Bioessays 38:1003-1015, 2016.

Rickels R, Hu D, Collings CK, Woodfin AR, Piunti A, Mohan M, Herz HM, Kvon E, and Shilatifard A. An Evolutionary Conserved Epigenetic Mark of Polycomb Response Elements Implemented by Trx/MLL/COMPASS. Mol Cell 63:318-328, 2016.

Herz HM*, Morgan M*, Gao X, Jackson J, Rickels R, Swanson SK, Florens L,  Washburn MP, Eissenberg J, Shilatifard A. Histone H3 lysine-to-methionine mutants as a paradigm to study chromatin signaling. Science 345:1065-1070, 2014. *Equal contribution.

Herz HM, Hu Deqing, Shilatifard A. Enhancer Malfunction in Cancer. Mol Cell 53:859-866, 2014.

Herz HM, Garrus A, Shilatifard A. SET for life: biochemical activities and biological functions of SET domain-containing proteins. Trends Biochem Sci 38:621-639, 2013.

Hu D, Gao X, Morgan MA, Herz HM, Smith ER, Shilatifard A. The MLL3/MLL4 Branches of the COMPASS Family Function as Major Histone H3K4 Monomethylases at Enhancers. Mol Cell Biol 33:4745-4754, 2013.

Tarayrah L, Herz HM, Shilatifard A, Chen X. Histone demethylase dUTX antagonizes JAK-STAT signaling to maintain proper gene expression and architecture of the Drosophila testis niche. Development 140:1014-1023, 2013.

Christiansen AE, Ding T, Fan Y, Graves HK, Herz HM, Lindblad JL, Bergmann A. Non-cell autonomous control of apoptosis by ligand-independent Hedgehog signaling in Drosophila. Cell Death Differ 20:302-311, 2013.

Herz HM, Mohan M, Garruss AS, Liang K, Takahashi Y, Mickey K, Voets O, Verrijzer CP, Shilatifard A. Enhancer-associated H3K4 mono-methylation by Trithorax-related, the Drosophila homolog of mammalian Mll3/Mll4. Genes Dev 26:2604-2620, 2012.

Mohan M, Herz HM, Shilatifard A. SnapShot: Histone Lysine Methylase Complexes. Cell 149:498-498, 2012.

Herz HM, Mohan M, Garrett AS, Miller C, Casto D, Zhang Y, Seidel C, Haug JS, Florens L, Washburn MP, Yamaguchi M, Shiekhattar R, Shilatifard A. Polycomb repressive complex 2-dependent and -independent functions of Jarid2 in transcriptional regulation in Drosophila. Mol Cell Biol 32:1683-1693, 2012.

Mohan M, Herz HM, Smith ER, Zhang Y, Jackson J, Washburn MP, Florens L, Eissenberg JC, Shilatifard A. The COMPASS family of H3K4 methylases in Drosophila. Mol Cell Biol 31:4310-4318, 2011.

Herz HM, Shilatifard A. The JARID2-PRC2 duality. Genes Dev 24:857-861, 2010.

Herz HM, Madden LD, Chen Z, Bolduc C, Buff E, Gupta R, Davuluri R, Shilatifard A, Hariharan IK, Bergmann A. The H3K27me3 demethylase dUTX is a suppressor of Notch- and Rb-dependent tumors in Drosophila. Mol Cell Biol 30:2485-2497, 2010.

Mohan M, Herz HM, Takahashi YH, Lin C, Lai KC, Zhang Y, Washburn MP, Florens L, Shilatifard A. Linking H3K79 trimethylation to Wnt signaling through a novel Dot1-containing complex (DotCom). Genes Dev 24:574-589, 2010.

Herz HM, Nakanishi S, Shilatifard A. The curious case of bivalent marks. Dev Cell 17:301-303, 2009.

Allton K, Jain AK, Herz HM, Tsai W, Jung SJ, Qin J, Bergmann A, Johnson RL, Barton MC. Trim24 targets endogenous p53 for degradation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106:11612-11616, 2009.

van Impel A, Schumacher S, Draga M, Herz HM, Grosshans J, Müller HA. Regulation of the Rac GTPase pathway by the multifunctional Rho GEF Pebble is essential for mesoderm migration in the Drosophila gastrula. Development 136:813-22, 2009.

Herz HM, Bergmann A. Genetic analysis of ESCRT function in Drosophila: a tumour model for human Tsg101. Biochem Soc Trans 37:204-207, 2009.

Herz HM, Chen Z, Bolduc C, Bergmann A. Common and Distinct Genetic Properties of ESCRT-II components in Drosophila. PLoS ONE 4:e4165, 2009.

Gawliński P, Nikolay R, Goursot C, Lawo S, Chaurasia B, Herz HM, Kussler-Schneider Y, Ruppert T, Mayer M, Grosshans J. The Drosophila mitotic inhibitor Frühstart specifically binds to the hydrophobic patch of cyclins. EMBO Rep 8:490-496, 2007.

Herz HM, Chen Z, Scherr H, Bolduc C, Lackey M, Bergmann A. vps25 mosaics display non-autonomous cell survival and overgrowth, and autonomous apoptosis. Development 133:1871-1880, 2006.

Grosshans J, Wenzl C, Herz HM, Bartoszewski S, Schnorrer F, Vogt N, Schwarz H, Muller HA. RhoGEF2 and the formin Dia control the formation of the furrow canal by directed actin assembly during Drosophila cellularisation. Development 132:1009-1020, 2005.

Last update: June 2020