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Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy

Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy

Qizhi Gong, Ph.D.

Qizhi Gong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
3418 Tupper Hall
Davis Campus
(530) 754-7656

Research Funding

National Science Foundation

National Institutes of Health

Graduate Group Affiliations

Biochemistry, Molecular
Cellular and
Developmental Biology


Research Interests

Brain development is a finely orchestrated process. Transient abnormalities, such as delayed or excessive growth of axons and dendrites in neurons can have a prolonged impact in the formation of functional connections. Early postnatal stages are critical periods, in which both intrinsic genetic programs and sensory experience participate in the formation and refinement of functional circuitry. My lab uses mouse olfactory system as a model to study the molecular mechanisms of neuronal network formation and plasticity. Using a combination of cell biological, genetic and molecular biological approaches, we are focused on studying molecules that regulate olfactory sensory axon growth and guidance, mitral cell dendritic differentiation and olfactory circuitry formation.


Representative Publications

2009  Cheng TW, and Gong Q., Secreted TARSH regulates olfactory mitral cell dendritic complexity. Eur J Neurosci  29: 1083-1095.

2008  Tran H. Chen H. Walz A. Posthumus J.C. and Gong Q., Influence of olfactory epithelium on mitral/tufted cell dendritic outgrowth. PLoS One 3(11): e3816 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003816.

2008  Chen H. Dadsetan S. Fomina A.F. and Gong Q., Expressing exogenous functional odorant receptors in cultured olfactory sensory neurons. Neural Dev 3:22.

2008  Lee W. Cheng T.W. and Gong Q., Olfactory sensory neuron specific and sexually dimorphic expression of protocadherin 20. J Comp Neurol 507(1): 1076-86.

2005  Chen H. Kohno K. and Gong Q., Conditional ablation of mature olfactory sensory neurons mediated by diphtheria toxin receptor. J Neurocytology 34: 37-47.


Recent/Current Teaching

CHA 400, Developmental, Gross and Radiographic Anatomy

MCB 255, Molecular Mechanisms of Animal Development

CHA 298, Current Topics in Cell Biology