Min Zhou

Min Zhou, MD, PhD

Min Zhou

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Min.Zhou@osumc.edu

(614) 366-9406

4066C Graves Hall
333 W. Tenth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

Education

  • PhD: Tongji Medical College, China and Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany
  • Postdoctoral Training: Albany Medical College

    Current Research Description

    Dr. Zhou’s laboratory focuses on the physiology and pathophysiology of astrocytes, a glial subtype that are linked through conduit proteins, gap junctions, into a syncytium. The syncytial coupling has been indicated in their recent study to confer an isopotentiality to astrocytes network, by which astrocytes operate as a functional system in brain homeostasis. In ongoing studies, they are investigating 1) the anatomical basis, gap junction, ion channel mechanisms and biophysical rationale underlying this newly appreciated glial mechanism;  2) how neuronal signaling regulates the functional states of astrocyte syncytium, and that in turn, subserves brain homeostasis and synaptic transmission; and 3) how disruption of an astrocyte syncytium,  at both of the structural and functional levels, is etiologically associated with neurological disorders, such as stroke, epilepsy, and depression.

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