Yijun Cui, M.D., Ph.D.

Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 
"Yijun Cui"

Yijun Cui received her doctoral degree from UCLA from the Department of Neurobiology. During her graduate work in the lab of Alcino Silva, she studied the mechanism of the learning deficits in a mice model of NF1.
In the Yang lab, she is now studying basal ganglia circuits underlying normal behavior, drug addiction, and Huntington disease by combining genetic, molecular, pharmacological, and behavioral studies.

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Alcino J. Silva grad student 2007 UCLA
 (Neurofibromin modulation of Ras /ERK signaling modulates GABA release and learning.)
X.  William Yang post-doc UCLA


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Zhicheng 'George' Sun research assistant 2014-2015 UCLA
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Cui Y, Ostlund SB, James AS, et al. (2014) Targeted expression of μ-opioid receptors in a subset of striatal direct-pathway neurons restores opiate reward. Nature Neuroscience. 17: 254-61
Cui Y, Costa RM, Murphy GG, et al. (2008) Neurofibromin regulation of ERK signaling modulates GABA release and learning. Cell. 135: 549-60
Lobo MK, Cui Y, Ostlund SB, et al. (2007) Genetic control of instrumental conditioning by striatopallidal neuron-specific S1P receptor Gpr6. Nature Neuroscience. 10: 1395-7
Li W, Cui Y, Kushner SA, et al. (2005) The HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor lovastatin reverses the learning and attention deficits in a mouse model of neurofibromatosis type 1. Current Biology : Cb. 15: 1961-7
Kushner SA, Elgersma Y, Murphy GG, et al. (2005) Modulation of presynaptic plasticity and learning by the H-ras/extracellular signal-regulated kinase/synapsin I signaling pathway. The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society For Neuroscience. 25: 9721-34
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