Yongjie Yang, PhD


Associate Professor of Neuroscience



BA, Marine Biology, Ocean University of China
MS, Genetics, Ocean University of China
PhD, Neuroscience, Iowa State University
Postdoctoral Training, Johns Hopkins University


Campus: Boston
Office: Arnold 711B
Laboratory: Arnold 711

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-3643
Lab Phone: 617-636-0901
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Website  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience


Research Synopsis

Astroglia is the most abundant non-neuronal cell type in mammalian central nervous system (CNS), actively participating in many CNS physiology and pathology. The main areas of research in the lab center on several aspects of neuron to astroglial signaling in postnatal development and pathological conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases, neurodevelopmental disorders, and others. These include the molecular mechanisms that regulate functional astroglial maturation during postnatal development, especially the role of neuronal signals; exosome-mediated communication between neurons and glia, and mechanisms of astrocyte dysfunction in neurological diseases/disorders.


Lab Members

Rachel Jarvis, Research Technician  Send an e-mail 
Shijie Jin, Research Associate Send an e-mail 
Yuqin Men, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Julia Yelick, PhD Student in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology  Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development