PHARMACOLOGY FACULTY
Alan Frazer
 
 
Selected Publications

Xin-Yun Lu

Professor of Pharmacology
Ph.D., Washington State University

Office: 210-567-0803
Email: lux3@uthscsa.edu

 

 

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Research Interests

• leptin • adiponectin
• depression                     • PTSD
• anxiety • metabolic disorders
• neural plasticity
 

Research Activities

My laboratory studies the molecular mechanisms and neural circuits underlying mood and metabolic disorders. Our current research focuses on the roles of adipose-derived hormones, leptin and adiponectin, in regulating neuronal plasticity (synaptogenesis and neurogenesis), cognition and emotion. We utilize neuron-specific transgenic mouse models, various types of stress and behavioral paradigms, in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology, in vivo real-time neurochemical monitoring and neuronal tracing techniques to understand how adipose-derived hormones communicate with the brain to contribute to the pathogenesis of major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and cognitive dysfunction and further explore their therapeutic potential for these psychiatric disorders.

 
 

Lu research pic

 
 

Lu research pic



• Research Group •

Yun Lie
Yun Lie
Visiting Scientist
Bin Liu
Bin Liu
Visiting Scientist
Jiangong Wang
Jiangong Wang
Visiting Scientist