Dr. Yunlei Yang

Dr. Yunlei Yang
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience & Physiology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, USA
Dr. Yunlei Yang graduated from Xinxiang Medical University in 1997 where he received clinical training in medicine. In 2003, Dr. Yang received his PhD training in neuroscience at Institute of Neuroscience Chinese Academy of Science. From 2003 to 2009, he performed his postdoc projects at The Rockefeller University and Mount Sinai Medical School respectively, where he studied the mechanisms underlying learning and memory in normal and dementia mouse models using whole-cell patch clamp recording and two-photon imaging techniques. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Yang was appointed as Research Specialist at Howard Hughes Medical Institutes Janelia Farm Research Campus, where he studied synaptic plasticity of feeding circuits using multifaceted approaches that include cell-type-specific electrophysiology and Optogenetics. In the fall of 2012, Dr. Yang moved to and set his lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he was appointed as Assistant Professor and Lab Head. Dr. Yang published his scientific research outcomes in several top and high-profile peer-reviewed journals, such as Cell, Cell Rep, PNAS and JNS.
Research Interest
Dr. Yunlei Yang is interested in mapping and manipulating the neural circuits controlling feeding behaviors using approaches including cell-type-specific electrophysiological, optogenetic and pharmacogenetic techniques. Specifically, his laboratory focuses on determining the neuronal populations in brain responsible for food intake, and then manipulating these neurons to modulate feeding behaviors in mice. Importantly, they will also investigate the similar neuronal circuits in obese animals and manipulate the neural circuits to reduce food intake and body weight using similar techniques. Collectively, the knowledge and findings obtained from the studies in his lab will be critical for the development of new therapeutic strategies to treat obesity and other eating disorders