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Yan Zhu, Ph.D, Prof.

Principal Investigator

State Key Laboratory of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, IBP

The structure, development and function of nervous system


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Biography & Introduction 

BS in Biochemistry, Jilin University, 1991

MS in Molecular Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1994

Ph.D in Molecular Cell Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2003

Postdoctoral Scholar, HHMI and UCLA, 2003-2009

Principal Investigator, CAS Institute of Biophysics, 2009

My group is interested in understanding: (1) the formation of neural circuitry, by investigating the molecular mechanisms that direct the development of complex and previously inaccessible higher-order regions of the Drosophila visual system; (2) the molecular and cellular basis of how neural circuits mediate complex animal behavior, by systematically mapping neural circuits underlying vision and other sensory perceptions; (3) how diseases and genetic mutations affect the development and function of the nervous system. For more research topics, please visit: http://yanzhu.bol.ucla.edu/forstudents.html.

Selected Publications

Zhu Y*, Frye MA (2009) Neurogenetics and the 'fly stampede': dissecting neural circuits involved in visual behaviors. Fly (extra view), in press

Zhu Y, Nern A, Zipursky SL, Frye MA. Peripheral visual circuits functionally segregate motion and phototaxis behaviors in the fly. Current Biology 2009, 19(7):613-619.

Nern A, Zhu Y, Zipursky SL. Local N-cadherin interactions mediate distinct steps in the targeting of lamina neurons. Neuron 2008, 58(1):34-41.

Duistermars B, Zhu Y, and Frye M. Dynamic properties of large-field and small-field optomotor responses in Drosophila. J. Comp. Physic. 2007, 193(7):787-99.

Zhu Y, Yu T, Rao Y. Temporal regulation of cerebellar EGL migration through a switch in cellular responsiveness to the meninges. Developmental Biology 2004, 267(1):153-64.

Zhu Y, Yu T, Zhang XC, Nagasawa T, Wu JY and Rao Y. Role of the chemokine SDF-1 as the meningeal attractant for embryonic cerebellar neurons. Nature Neuroscience 2002, 5(8):719-20.

Zhu, Y*, Li, H.S.*, Zhou, L, Wu, JY, and Rao Y. Cellular and molecular guidance of GABAergic neuronal migration from an extra-cortical origin to the neocortex. Neuron 1999, 23: 473-485.

Miskevich F*, Zhu Y*, Ranscht B, Sanes JR. Expression of multiple cadherins and catenins in the chick optic tectum. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience 1998, 12(4-5):240-55.

(*co-first authors)

From Yan Zhu, 2014-01-08 update

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