Zuo Laboratory, MCD Biology, UCSC  


News from and about the Zuo Lab

Seeing Shifting Cells (UCSC Science notes, Oct 2017)

Check out this nice story about our collaboration on the adaptive optic project [More]

Glial contribution to Fragile X Syndrome (Oct, 2016)

Research on fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of mental retardation, has focused mostly on how the genetic defect alters the functioning of neurons in the brain. A new study focusing on a different type of brain cell, the glial cells known as astrocytes, indicates they also are impaired by the genetic defect and are involved in the symptoms of the disease.) [More]

From the core of neural circuitry to the brain protection system of glial cells (June, 2015)

Dr. Yi Zuo, expert in neural circuitry and Associate Professor of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, expands her knowledge of the neural basis for learning and memory, while pioneering a new field of research in the contribution of glia in etiology. (check out Yi's new Benefunder webpage) [More]

Yi was selected as Blavatnik National Award Finalists (May, 2015)

This year's National Finalists in Life Sciences represent an outstanding cohort that embodies the idealism and excitement of life sciences in the United States today. Their work includes developing disruptive technologies, including optogenetics and CRISPR; revolutionizing the study of the human microbiome and immunity; advancing state-of-the-art methods to explore systems neuroscience and learning in the brain; and understanding basic molecular mechanisms to identify critical clues to cancer and human disease... (by the New York Academy of Science) [More]

UCSC Career Life-Balance (CLB) Mentor Profile (Dec, 2013)

Get to know Yi in person, check out her interview with Heidi Molga [More]

Improving the Human Brain (Oct, 2013)

An associate professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, Dr. Zuo’s work runs along the cutting edge of the nervous system's unknowns, reaching into possible causes for neurological disorders and degenerative disease, as well as studying the way the brain rewires itself when learning something new. (byMaria Grusauskas in Santa Cruz Weekly) [More]

Ephrin-A2 Un-Glu's the Synapse (Oct, 2013)

Postnatal maturation of the brain requires pruning of excess synapses, a process that is dependent on sensory input and synaptic activity. Yu et al. found that Ephrin-A contributed to synapse stabilization in the cortex. ... (by Jason Berndt in Science Signaling) [More]

Spine Tuning: Finding Physical Evidence of How Practice Rewires the Brain (2012)

Yi Zuo of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her colleagues studied how neurons changed in the brains of three groups of mice that learned different kinds of behaviors over four day ... (by Ferris Jabr in Scientific American) [More]

Learning New Tasks: Brain Cells Benefit From Having Neighbors (2012)

New research adds to our understanding of the learning process by showing exactly what's going on in the brain while performing tasks (by Alice G. Walton in The Atlantic). [More]

New brain connections form in clusters during learning (2012)

New connections between brain cells emerge in clusters in the brain as animals learn to perform a new task, according to a study published in Nature on February 19, 2012. Led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the study reveals details of how brain circuits are rewired during the formation of new motor memories. [More]

Microscopes borrow tricks from astronomy to see deep into living tissues (2011)

The W. M. Keck Foundation awarded a $1 million grant from to fund the Center for Adaptive Optical Microscopy at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Engineers, biologists, and physicists at UCSC are developing new microscope technologies to enable biologists to see deep within living tissues and observe critical processes involved in basic biology and disease. [More]

Study shows new brain connections form rapidly during motor learning (2009)

New connections begin to form between brain cells almost immediately as animals learn a new task, according to a study published in Nature in November, 2009. Led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the study involved detailed observations of the rewiring processes that take place in the brain during motor learning. [More]

Neuroscientist Yi Zuo receives grant to study rehabilitation after stroke (2008)

Yi Zuo, assistant professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology at UC Santa Cruz, has been awarded a three-year grant for $200,000 from the Dana Foundation's Brain and Immuno-Imaging Program in 2008. Zuo used the funds for a research project that employs cellular imaging techniques to explore changes in the brain after a stroke and during rehabilitation. [More]

UCSC neuroscientist Yi Zuo wins two new research awards (2007)

Yi Zuo's innovative research on the nervous system has attracted funding from three major foundations since her arrival at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in January. The Ellison Medical Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) are the most recent organizations to award research grants to Zuo, an assistant professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology. Earlier this year, she was one of three UCSC faculty members selected to receive research fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. [More]



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