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Zhang, Qi
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Research Information

We are inventing interdisciplinary methods to study molecular mechanisms governing cellular communication. Our current research includes: (1) developing nano-scale imaging technology, (2) tracking lipid membrane and transmembrane proteins in nerve terminals, (3) exploring the physiology and pathology of presynaptic vesicle, and (4) investigating synaptic transmission in healthy and diseased brain. Our work integrates molecular genetics, nanotechnology, physiology,  and computational neurobiology. It is our sincere hope that such effort will lead to better diagnosis and treatment of devastating neurological disorders like addiction and Alzheimer’s disease.

Selected Publications

Implication of the env Gene of the Human Endogenous Retrovirus W Family in the Expression of BDNF and DRD3 and Development of Recent-Onset Schizophrenia. Huang, WJ; Li, S; Hu, YM; Yu, HL; Luo, F; Zhang, Q; Zhu, F, SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN, 37, 988-1000 , (2011)

The Dynamic Control of Kiss-And-Run and Vesicular Reuse Probed with Single Nanoparticles. Zhang, Q; Li, YL; Tsien, RW, SCIENCE, 323, 1448-1453 , (2009)

Organization of beta-adrenoceptor signaling compartments by sympathetic innervation of cardiac myocytes. Shcherbakova, OG; Hurt, CM; Xiang, Y; Dell'Acqua, ML; Zhang, Q; Tsien, RW; Kobilka, BK, JOURNAL OF CELL BIOLOGY, 176, 521-533 , (2007)

Quantum dots provide an optical signal specific to full collapse fusion of synaptic vesicles. Zhang, Q; Cao, YQ; Tsien, RW, PROCEEDINGS - NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 104, 17843-17848 , (2007)

Fusion-related release of flutamate from astrocytes. Zhang, Q; Pangrsic, T; Kreft, M; Krzan, M; Li, NZ; Sul, JY; Halassa, M; Van Bockstaele, E; Zorec, R; Haydon, PG, JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, 279, 12724-12733 , (2004)

Synaptotagmin IV regulates glial glutamate release. Zhang, Q; Fukuda, M; Van Bockstaele, E; Pascual, O; Haydon, PG, PROCEEDINGS - NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 101, 9441-9446 , (2004)

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