Ning Quan

Professor, Department of Biosciences and Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
Mentor Faculty


Current Research Description

The focus of my lab is how the nervous system and immune system forms a combined neuroimmune suprasystem.  We are interested in understanding how these two systems communicate with each other to modulate each other's function.  We use multiple techniques in molecular biology, neuroscience, and immunology to accomplish this goal.  This multidisciplinary approach creates an ideal environment for training students on broad biomedical research subjects.  Advanced technologies such as FACs analysis, cloning, in-cell Western, patch-clamping electrophysiology, production of transgenic mouse and targeted transgenesis, and behavioral analysis are employed in my laboratory. Our current research led to the discovery of the euflammatory process which can be used to design vaccine-based induction of immune responses as well as bacterial based cancer therapy.  We are also conducting detailed analysis on cell-type specific actions mediated by IL-1R1 using several lines of transgenic animals we created.
Areas of Expertise
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience/Imaging
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Stress and Neuroimmunology
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Postdoctoral Training: The National Institute of Mental Health
  • PhD: University of Tennessee
Faculty Member Ning Quan
223 Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
460 Medical Center Drive
Columbus, OH  43210