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Yong Lu Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurobiology



Phone: (330)325-6656

Location: 'E-122'


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Yong Lu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology
College of Medicine

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1989               Beijing Normal University, P.R. China
B.S. Biology

1992               Beijing Normal University, P.R. China
M.S. Biology

1999               University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
Ph.D. Biology

1999 - 2005  University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Otolaryngology

Professional Experience

1992 - 1995   Beijing Normal University
Lecturer, Department of Biology

2005 - 2012   Northeast Ohio Medical University
Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and NeurobiologY

2012 -              Northeast Ohio Medical University
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Research Interests

Our current research interests encompass four areas:

  1. Functions of G-protein-coupled receptors in auditory information processing
  2. development and activity-dependent regulation of neuronal properties of central auditory neurons
  3. Calcium signaling in central auditory neurons
  4. Cellular mechanisms underlying sound localization

Electrophysiological (e.g. whole-cell recordings) and cell imaging (e.g. calcium imaging) approaches, combined with pharmacological tools, are employed. Our work aims to help lay the groundwork for decisions about possible therapeutic approaches to hearing defects such as tinnitus and hearing loss.

Recent Publications

Tang ZQ, Lu Y (2012b) Two GABAA responses with distinct kinetics in a sound localization circuit. J Physiol 590: 3787-3805.

Tang ZQ, Lu Y (2012a) Development of GPCR modulation of GABAergic transmission in chicken nucleus laminaris neurons. PLos ONE 7(4): e35831. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035831.

Wang LC, Tang ZQ, Lu Y (2012) Synaptic activity-induced Ca2+ signaling in avian cochlear nucleus magnocellularis neurons. Neurosci Res 72: 129-139.

Tang ZQ, Hoang Dinh E, Shi W, Lu Y (2011) Ambient GABA-activated tonic inhibition sharpens auditory coincidence detection via a depolarizing shunting mechanism. J Neurosci 31: 6121-6131.

Lu Y (2009) Regulation of glutamatergic and GABAergic neurotransmission in the chick nucleus laminaris: role of N-type calcium channels. Neuroscience 164:1009-1019.

Tang ZQ, Gao H, Lu Y (2009) Control of a depolarizing GABAergic input in an auditory coincidence detection circuit. J Neurophysiol 102:1672-1683.

Gao H, Lu Y (2008) Early development of intrinsic and synaptic properties of chicken nucleus laminaris neurons. Neuroscience 153:131-143.

Lu Y (2007) Endogenous mGluR activity suppresses GABAergic transmission in avian cochlear nucleus magnocellularis neurons.  J Neurophysiol 97:1018-1029.

Lu Y, Harris JA, Rubel EW (2007) Development of spontaneous miniature EPSCs in mouse AVCN neurons during a critical period of afferent-dependent neuron survival.  J Neurophysiol 97:635-646.

Lu Y, Burger RM, Rubel EW (2005) GABAB receptor activation modulates GABAA receptor-mediated inhibition in chicken nucleus magnocellularis neurons.  J Neurophysiol 93:1429-1438.

Lu Y, Rubel EW (2005) Activation of metabotropic glutamate receptors inhibits high voltage-gated calcium channel currents in chicken nucleus magnocellularis neurons.  J Neurophysiol 93:1418-1428.

Lu Y*, Monsivais P*, Tempel BL, Rubel EW (2004) Activity-dependent regulation of the potassium channel subunits Kv1.1 and Kv3.1.  J Comp Neurology 470:93-106.  *Equal authorship

Lu Y, Jen PHS (2003) Binaural interaction in the inferior colliculus of the big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscusHear Res 177:100-110.

Lu Y, Jen PHS (2002) Interaction of excitation and inhibition in inferior collicular neurons of the big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscusHear Res 169:140-150.

Lu Y, Jen PHS (2001) GABAergic and glycinergic neural inhibition in excitatory frequency tuning of bat inferior collicular neurons.  Exp Brain Res 141:331-339.

Lu Y, Jen PHS, Wu M (1998) GABAergic disinhibition affects responses of bat inferior collicular neurons to temporally patterned sound pulses.  J Neurophysiol 79:2303-2315.

Lu Y, Jen PHS, Zheng QY (1997) GABAergic disinhibition changes the recovery cycle of bat inferior collicular neurons.  J Comp Physiol A 181:331-341.