- Research Fellow (2015-present)
Dr. Yun-Fang Jia graduated from Shaanxi Normal University with a Bachelor of Biological Science Degree in 2008. She continued her education in scientific research at Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and received her Ph.D. degree in neurobiology in early 2015. During her Ph.D. studies, Yun-Fang investigated the neural and molecular mechanism of brain-related disorders including drug addiction, anxiety and depression, and epilepsy using transgenic mice and pharmacological manner assays.
In 2008, she joined the Institute of Neuroscience, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, to complete her theory courses for her Ph.D. degree, where she also learned technologies on biological chemistry and molecular biology. Yun-Fang found the close relationship among mitochondrial DNA, autophagy and melatonin, which plays an important role in opiate addiction. In a second project, she demonstrated that serotonin contributed to opiate addiction and anxiety and depression. In addition, she reported a novel role of TRPV1 in opiate addiction and epilepsy in another project.
In Dr. Choi's laboratory, Yun-Fang aims to achieve more neuroscience-related discoveries that may contribute to the treatment and prevention strategies for addiction and bipolar disorders, which will lead her to become an independent scientist in the future.