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: South Cove 201

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

The main areas of research in the lab center on several aspects of astrocyte biology and its interaction in neurons in postnatal development and pathological conditions, such as motor neuron disease, epilepsy, and others. These include the molecular mechanisms for functional astrocyte maturation during postnatal development, especially the role of neuronal signals; identification of the novel functional astroglial genes that modulation neuronal/synaptic functions; molecular/morphological changes of mature astrocytes in neurodegeneration; and mechanisms of the astrocyte dysfunction in neurodegeneration.


Lab Members

Eoin Brown, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
MingSum Chiang, Research Assistant Send an e-mail 
Haruki Higashimori, Research Assistant Professor Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Julia Yelick, PhD Student in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology  Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

Apply for 2017 Admission


The priority application deadline for PhD programs is December 1, 2016.