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    Bo Huang, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Pharmacy
    DepartmentPharmaceutical Chemistry
    Address1700 4th Street
    San Francisco CA 94158
    Phone415-476-1866
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      2011NIH Director's New Innovator Award
      2010Searle Scholar
      2010Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering
      2007GE & Science Young Life Scientist Award, North America Regional Winner
      2001 - 2004Stanford Graduate Fellowship
      2006Annual Reviews Prize in Physical Chemistry, Stanford University

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      Cellular processes are carried out by coordinated participation of many biomolecules in a tiny volume. Many people have been dreaming to see clear pictures of these processes in order to understand how these molecules work together. Taking on this challenge, we are developing new visualization techniques and imaging probes by combining super-resolution microscopy, protein engineering and microfluidic automation. We are particularly interested in the following problems:

      (1) Physical organization and dynamics of the genome,
      (2) Architecture of large protein complexes such as the centrosome, and
      (3) Spatial distribution of membrane proteins, particularly G-protein coupled receptors and neuron adhesion molecules, and how this distribution defines their signaling specificity.

      In order to study these systems, we are developing the following microscopy technologies:

      (1) Super-resolution and light-sheet microscopes that can visualize subcellular structures at a higher spatial resolution, record long term cell behavior, and track cells in intact animals, and
      (2) New fluorescent probes based on fluorescent proteins, nanobodies and aptamers so that biological questions can be converted into "imageable" ones.


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      1. Leonetti MD, Sekine S, Kamiyama D, Weissman JS, Huang B, et al. A scalable strategy for high-throughput GFP tagging of endogenous human proteins. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Jun 6. PMID: 27274053.
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      2. Chen B, Guan J, Huang B, et al. Imaging Specific Genomic DNA in Living Cells. Annu Rev Biophys. 2016 Apr 27. PMID: 27145877.
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      3. Kamiyama D, Sekine S, Barsi-Rhyne B, Hu J, Chen B, Gilbert LA, Ishikawa H, Leonetti MD, Marshall WF, Weissman JS, Huang B. Versatile protein tagging in cells with split fluorescent protein. Nat Commun. 2016; 7:11046. PMID: 26988139.
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      4. Bieling P, Li TD, Weichsel J, McGorty R, Jreij P, Huang B, Fletcher DA, Mullins RD. Force Feedback Controls Motor Activity and Mechanical Properties of Self-Assembling Branched Actin Networks. Cell. 2016 Jan 14; 164(1-2):115-27. PMID: 26771487.
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      5. Chen B, Hu J, Almeida R, Liu H, Balakrishnan S, Covill-Cooke C, Lim WA, Huang B. Expanding the CRISPR imaging toolset with Staphylococcus aureus Cas9 for simultaneous imaging of multiple genomic loci. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jan 5. PMID: 26740581.
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      6. Kamiyama D, McGorty R, Kamiyama R, Kim MD, Chiba A, Huang B. Specification of Dendritogenesis Site in Drosophila aCC Motoneuron by Membrane Enrichment of Pak1 through Dscam1. Dev Cell. 2015 Oct 12; 35(1):93-106. PMID: 26460947.
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      7. Patton JG, Franklin JL, Weaver AM, Vickers K, Zhang B, Coffey RJ, Ansel KM, Blelloch R, Goga A, Huang B, L'Etoille N, Raffai RL, Lai CP, Krichevsky AM, Mateescu B, Greiner VJ, Hunter C, Voinnet O, McManus MT. Biogenesis, delivery, and function of extracellular RNA. J Extracell Vesicles. 2015; 4:27494. PMID: 26320939.
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      8. Ong WQ, Citron YR, Schnitzbauer J, Kamiyama D, Huang B. Heavy water: a simple solution to increasing the brightness of fluorescent proteins in super-resolution imaging. Chem Commun (Camb). 2015 Aug 18; 51(70):13451-3. PMID: 26226621.
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      9. McGorty R, Liu H, Kamiyama D, Dong Z, Guo S, Huang B. Open-top selective plane illumination microscope for conventionally mounted specimens. Opt Express. 2015 Jun 15; 23(12):16142-53. PMID: 26193587.
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      10. Puchner EM, Huang B, Gaub HE. Single molecule techniques--applications in biology. FEBS Lett. 2014 Oct 1; 588(19):3519. PMID: 25157433.
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      11. Wang Y, Schnitzbauer J, Hu Z, Li X, Cheng Y, Huang ZL, Huang B. Localization events-based sample drift correction for localization microscopy with redundant cross-correlation algorithm. Opt Express. 2014 Jun 30; 22(13):15982-91. PMID: 24977854; PMCID: PMC4162368 [Available on 06/20/15].
      12. McGorty R, Schnitzbauer J, Zhang W, Huang B. Correction of depth-dependent aberrations in 3D single-molecule localization and super-resolution microscopy. Opt Lett. 2014 Jan 15; 39(2):275-8. PMID: 24562125; PMCID: PMC4030053 [Available on 01/15/15].
      13. Chen B, Huang B. Imaging Genomic Elements in Living Cells Using CRISPR/Cas9. Methods Enzymol. 2014; 546:337-54. PMID: 25398348.
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      14. Chen B, Gilbert LA, Cimini BA, Schnitzbauer J, Zhang W, Li GW, Park J, Blackburn EH, Weissman JS, Qi LS, Huang B. Dynamic imaging of genomic loci in living human cells by an optimized CRISPR/Cas system. Cell. 2013 Dec 19; 155(7):1479-91. PMID: 24360272; PMCID: PMC3918502 [Available on 12/19/14].
      15. Mennella V, Agard DA, Huang B, Pelletier L. Amorphous no more: subdiffraction view of the pericentriolar material architecture. Trends Cell Biol. 2014 Mar; 24(3):188-97. PMID: 24268653; PMCID: PMC3991556 [Available on 03/01/15].
      16. Puchner EM, Walter JM, Kasper R, Huang B, Lim WA. Counting molecules in single organelles with superresolution microscopy allows tracking of the endosome maturation trajectory. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Oct 1; 110(40):16015-20. PMID: 24043832; PMCID: PMC3791776.
      17. Schnitzbauer J, McGorty R, Huang B. 4Pi fluorescence detection and 3D particle localization with a single objective. Opt Express. 2013 Aug 26; 21(17):19701-8. PMID: 24105517; PMCID: PMC3796685.
      18. Huang F, Wang X, Ostertag EM, Nuwal T, Huang B, Jan YN, Basbaum AI, Jan LY. TMEM16C facilitates Na(+)-activated K+ currents in rat sensory neurons and regulates pain processing. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Sep; 16(9):1284-90. PMID: 23872594; PMCID: PMC4034143.
      19. McGorty R, Kamiyama D, Huang B. Active Microscope Stabilization in Three Dimensions Using Image Correlation. Opt Nanoscopy. 2013 Apr 18; 2(1). PMID: 24380058.
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      20. Irannejad R, Tomshine JC, Tomshine JR, Chevalier M, Mahoney JP, Steyaert J, Rasmussen SG, Sunahara RK, El-Samad H, Huang B, von Zastrow M. Conformational biosensors reveal GPCR signalling from endosomes. Nature. 2013 Mar 28; 495(7442):534-8. PMID: 23515162; PMCID: PMC3835555.
      21. Stender AS, Marchuk K, Liu C, Sander S, Meyer MW, Smith EA, Neupane B, Wang G, Li J, Cheng JX, Huang B, Fang N. Single cell optical imaging and spectroscopy. Chem Rev. 2013 Apr 10; 113(4):2469-527. PMID: 23410134; PMCID: PMC3624028.
      22. Kamiyama D, Huang B. Development in the STORM. Dev Cell. 2012 Dec 11; 23(6):1103-10. PMID: 23237944; PMCID: PMC3523271.
      23. Mennella V, Keszthelyi B, McDonald KL, Chhun B, Kan F, Rogers GC, Huang B, Agard DA. Subdiffraction-resolution fluorescence microscopy reveals a domain of the centrosome critical for pericentriolar material organization. Nat Cell Biol. 2012 Nov; 14(11):1159-68. PMID: 23086239; PMCID: PMC3767400.
      24. Shim SH, Xia C, Zhong G, Babcock HP, Vaughan JC, Huang B, Wang X, Xu C, Bi GQ, Zhuang X. Super-resolution fluorescence imaging of organelles in live cells with photoswitchable membrane probes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Aug 28; 109(35):13978-83. PMID: 22891300; PMCID: PMC3435176.
      25. Zhu L, Zhang W, Elnatan D, Huang B. Faster STORM using compressed sensing. Nat Methods. 2012 Jul; 9(7):721-3. PMID: 22522657; PMCID: PMC3477591.
      26. Beaudoin GM, Schofield CM, Nuwal T, Zang K, Ullian EM, Huang B, Reichardt LF. Afadin, a Ras/Rap effector that controls cadherin function, promotes spine and excitatory synapse density in the hippocampus. J Neurosci. 2012 Jan 4; 32(1):99-110. PMID: 22219273; PMCID: PMC3305287.
      27. Kasper R, Huang B. SnapShot: Light microscopy. Cell. 2011 Nov 23; 147(5):1198.e1. PMID: 22118471.
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      28. Huang B. An in-depth view. Nat Methods. 2011 Apr; 8(4):304-5. PMID: 21451519.
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      29. Huang B, Babcock H, Zhuang X. Breaking the diffraction barrier: super-resolution imaging of cells. Cell. 2010 Dec 23; 143(7):1047-58. PMID: 21168201; PMCID: PMC3272504.
      30. Dani A, Huang B, Bergan J, Dulac C, Zhuang X. Superresolution imaging of chemical synapses in the brain. Neuron. 2010 Dec 9; 68(5):843-56. PMID: 21144999; PMCID: PMC3057101.
      31. Wu M, Huang B, Graham M, Raimondi A, Heuser JE, Zhuang X, De Camilli P. Coupling between clathrin-dependent endocytic budding and F-BAR-dependent tubulation in a cell-free system. Nat Cell Biol. 2010 Sep; 12(9):902-8. PMID: 20729836; PMCID: PMC3338250.
      32. Dani A, Huang B. New resolving power for light microscopy: applications to neurobiology. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2010 Oct; 20(5):648-52. PMID: 20728340.
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      33. Huang B. Super-resolution optical microscopy: multiple choices. Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2010 Feb; 14(1):10-4. PMID: 19897404.
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      34. Huang B, Bates M, Zhuang X. Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. Annu Rev Biochem. 2009; 78:993-1016. PMID: 19489737; PMCID: PMC2835776.
      35. Huang B, Jones SA, Brandenburg B, Zhuang X. Whole-cell 3D STORM reveals interactions between cellular structures with nanometer-scale resolution. Nat Methods. 2008 Dec; 5(12):1047-52. PMID: 19029906; PMCID: PMC2596623.
      36. Bates M, Huang B, Zhuang X. Super-resolution microscopy by nanoscale localization of photo-switchable fluorescent probes. Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2008 Oct; 12(5):505-14. PMID: 18809508; PMCID: PMC2642911.
      37. Huang B, Wang W, Bates M, Zhuang X. Three-dimensional super-resolution imaging by stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy. Science. 2008 Feb 8; 319(5864):810-3. PMID: 18174397; PMCID: PMC2633023.
      38. Kim S, Huang B, Zare RN. Microfluidic separation and capture of analytes for single-molecule spectroscopy. Lab Chip. 2007 Dec; 7(12):1663-5. PMID: 18030384.
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      39. Huang B, Kim S, Wu H, Zare RN. Use of a mixture of n-dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside and sodium dodecyl sulfate in poly(dimethylsiloxane) microchips to suppress adhesion and promote separation of proteins. Anal Chem. 2007 Dec 1; 79(23):9145-9. PMID: 17948969.
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      40. Bates M, Huang B, Dempsey GT, Zhuang X. Multicolor super-resolution imaging with photo-switchable fluorescent probes. Science. 2007 Sep 21; 317(5845):1749-53. PMID: 17702910; PMCID: PMC2633025.
      41. Whorton MR, Bokoch MP, Rasmussen SG, Huang B, Zare RN, Kobilka B, Sunahara RK. A monomeric G protein-coupled receptor isolated in a high-density lipoprotein particle efficiently activates its G protein. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 May 1; 104(18):7682-7. PMID: 17452637; PMCID: PMC1863461.
      42. Huang B, Yu F, Zare RN. Surface plasmon resonance imaging using a high numerical aperture microscope objective. Anal Chem. 2007 Apr 1; 79(7):2979-83. PMID: 17309232.
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      43. Huang B, Wu H, Bhaya D, Grossman A, Granier S, Kobilka BK, Zare RN. Counting low-copy number proteins in a single cell. Science. 2007 Jan 5; 315(5808):81-4. PMID: 17204646.
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      44. Luo Y, Huang B, Wu H, Zare RN. Controlling electroosmotic flow in poly(dimethylsiloxane) separation channels by means of prepolymer additives. Anal Chem. 2006 Jul 1; 78(13):4588-92. PMID: 16808469.
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      45. Wu H, Huang B, Zare RN. Generation of complex, static solution gradients in microfluidic channels. J Am Chem Soc. 2006 Apr 5; 128(13):4194-5. PMID: 16568971.
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      46. Huang B, Wu H, Kim S, Kobilka BK, Zare RN. Phospholipid biotinylation of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) for protein immobilization. Lab Chip. 2006 Mar; 6(3):369-73. PMID: 16511619.
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      47. Wu H, Huang B, Zare RN. Construction of microfluidic chips using polydimethylsiloxane for adhesive bonding. Lab Chip. 2005 Dec; 5(12):1393-8. PMID: 16286971.
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      48. Huang B, Wu H, Kim S, Zare RN. Coating of poly(dimethylsiloxane) with n-dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside to minimize nonspecific protein adsorption. Lab Chip. 2005 Oct; 5(10):1005-7. PMID: 16175253.
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      49. Perroud TD, Huang B, Zare RN. Effect of bin time on the photon counting histogram for one-photon excitation. Chemphyschem. 2005 May; 6(5):905-12. PMID: 15884075.
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      50. Huang B, Perroud TD, Zare RN. Photon counting histogram: one-photon excitation. Chemphyschem. 2004 Oct 18; 5(10):1523-31. PMID: 15535551.
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      51. Perroud TD, Huang B, Wallace MI, Zare RN. Photon counting histogram for one-photon excitation. Chemphyschem. 2003 Oct 17; 4(10):1121-3. PMID: 14596014.
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      52. Ying L, Huang X, Huang B, Xie J, Zhao J, Zhao XS. Fluorescence emission and absorption spectra of single Anabaena sp. strain PCC7120 cells. Photochem Photobiol. 2002 Sep; 76(3):310-3. PMID: 12403452.
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      53. Whelan RJ, Wohland T, Neumann L, Huang B, Kobilka BK, Zare RN. Analysis of biomolecular interactions using a miniaturized surface plasmon resonance sensor. Anal Chem. 2002 Sep 1; 74(17):4570-6. PMID: 12236371.
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