Jonah Chan, PhD
|Address||675 Nelson Rising Lane|
San Francisco CA 94143
|UCSF||2010||Debbie and Andy Rachleff Professor of Neurology|
|NMSS||2009||Harry Weaver Neuroscience Award|
|Baxter Foundation||2006||Baxter Foundation Scholar|
|NMSS||2004||Career Transition Award|
|NIH||2002||NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship|
|University of Illinois||1994||Honors Graduate, Department of Biochemistry|
|University of Illinois||1994||Sidebottom Award for Outstanding Honors Thesis|
|Monsanto||1993||Monsanto Biotechnology Research Award|
Dr. Jonah R. Chan received his BS in Biochemistry and PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University and was awarded an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Career Transition Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2005 Dr. Chan moved to the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and was awarded the Baxter Foundation Scholar Award (2006) and the Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Award (2009) from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Chan joined the faculty at UCSF in 2010 as Associate Professor and the Debbie and Andy Rachleff Distinguished Professor of Neurology. His laboratory is currently supported by grants from NIH NINDS and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and has previously been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and the Baxter Family Foundation. Dr. Chan is a member of the Neuroscience Program and the MS Research Group at UCSF and serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience.
The Chan laboratory has a long-standing interest in fundamental glial/neuronal interactions and the molecular mechanisms that regulate myelination. Myelination is one of the most exquisite examples of cell-cell interaction found in nature and functions to maximize the efficiency and velocity of action potentials transmitted throughout the nervous system. While much has been learned about the global determinants that generate myelin-forming cells during development, the Chan laboratory is particularly interested in understanding how local environmental cues control the spatiotemporal regulation of differentiation and myelination, including both molecular and biophysical interactions. Identification of an environment that is conducive for myelination could have important implications for efforts aimed at promoting repair and remyelination in the nervous system.
Current Laboratory Members:
Yun-An A. Shen, MS
Stephanie Redmond, BS
Ainhoa Echeverria, PhD
Sonia Mayoral, PhD
Feng Mei, PhD
Ariele Greenfield, MD
Kae-Jiun Chang, PhD
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