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Tufts University School of Medicine

Yongjie Yang

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department: Neuroscience
Programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience
Laboratory: Arnold 711

Yongjie Yang

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department: Neuroscience
Programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience
Laboratory: Arnold 711

Phone 617-636-3643
Lab phone: 617-636-0901
Office: Arnold 711B
Campus: Boston

Education

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

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.