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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Keywords

adiponectin, obesity, eating disorders, depression, melancortin system, adiposity hormone, leptin

 

Research Summary

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



• Lab Personnel •

Dr. Jing Liu
Jing Liu, Ph.D.
Instructor/Research
Fengjiao Sun
Fengjiao Sun
Visiting Scientist
Xing Fang
Xing Fang
Predoctoral Fellow
Linshan Sun
Linshan Sun
Predoctoral Fellow
Honghe Zhang
Honghe Zhang
Predoctoral Fellow










Xin Zhou
Xin Zhou
Predoctoral Fellow
Alice Barber
Alice Barber
Graduate Student
Di Zhang
Di Zhang
Graduate Student