Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Neuronal Development and Mental Disorders
Research in Dr. Guo-li Ming's laboratory centers on understanding molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopment and how its dysregulation may contribute to developmental neurological disorders. The lab uses a combination of experimental approaches that include molecular biology, biochemistry, mouse genetics, imaging, electrophysiology, electron microscopy, optogenetic manipulations, next generation sequencing, and behavioral tests to study neural development. We have been using two complementary model systems, the genetically modified mouse system and patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) model systems. We are interested in addressing a broad range of topics, from neuronal migration, axon and dendritic development, synapse formation, circuitry integration to plasticity of developing neurons, and functional regeneration of mature neurons.
As a newly established group at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, we are looking forward to being a part of the community at Penn. At this time, we are seeking Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students to join the lab. In addition, the lab is always looking for Undergraduate Students who are enthusiastic about stem cell and neuroscience research. Please contact us to inquire about opportunities within our lab.
Congratulations to Ki-Jun Yoon and his collaborators on their paper on the molecular mechanism underlying the impact of Zika virus on cortical neurogenesis
August 17, 2017
By systematically introducing individual proteins encoded by ZIKV into the embryonic mouse cortex, we show that expression of ZIKV-NS2A, but not Dengue virus (DENV)-NS2A, leads to reduced proliferation and premature differentiation of radial glial cells and aberrant positioning of newborn neurons.
Guo-li Ming, MD, PhD, and Hongjun Song, PhD, Appointed Professors of Neuroscience by Penn Medicine
March 09, 2017
The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine welcomes Drs. Ming & Song to the Department of Neuroscience.