The AscentGene Team

Dr. Hui Ge, president and founder

Before AscentGene, Dr. Ge was the senior vice president and chief scientific officer of ProteinOne Inc., a biotechnology company in Bethesda, MD. Through ProteinOne, he won 1.4 million dollars of government funding for ProteinOne’s R&D and helped the company to become a world-leading protein company.
Dr. Ge received his Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from Columbia University in New York, where he identified and cloned the first alternative splicing factor ASF from human cells. He then obtained his postdoctoral training in Dr. Robert Roeder’s laboratory at Rockefeller University, where he identified and cloned the first general transcriptional coactivator and established an in vitro transcription system reconstituted with highly purified transcription factors. Dr. Ge was Head of Unit on Transcriptional Mechanisms at NIH before starting ProteinOne.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Ge has been invited to be a manuscript reviewer for a number of scientific journals, a grant reviewer for the NIH study section and the England Wellcome Foundation, and a member of the scientific advisory committees for many international conferences. Dr. Ge has published 34 research articles in top journals including Cell, Science, Molecular Cell, PNAS, EMBO J., and J. Biol. Chem. He has also invented three patented technologies.

Dr. David X. He, chief financial officer

Dr. He has had extensive education and experience in the biomedical and financial fields. He obtained his M.D. from Peking Union Medical College, his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Rochester, and his MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. He was a senior scientist at the National Institutes of Health and has published more than 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. He was a first vice president of wealth management at the Smith Barney/Citigroup before joining AGI.

Dr. Xing Jing, Senior Scientist

Dr. Xing Jing has more than 10 years of life science research experience, both at the benchtop and in business development. Dr. Jing has been conducting cutting-edge biomedical research at Virginia Tech and NIH.