YUNG Wing Ho


B.Sc., M.Phil. (CUHK), D.Phil. (Oxon)

Telephone:  39436880

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304A, Lo Kwee-Seong Integrated Biomedical Sciences Building, Area 39, CUHK



  1. Neural circuits are the building blocks of the brain. A major line of my research is to decipher the neural circuits underlying animal behaviors and cognitive functions. We aim to untangle the neuron types and synaptic connections shaping these circuits and the computational principles underlying the operation of the circuits.
  2. An important property of the brain is its remarkable plasticity. Neuroplasticity underlies experience-dependent modification of all nervous system functions, and participates in the pathophysiology and functional adaptation in brain trauma. Another line of my research aims at understanding the nature of neuroplasticity and its involvement in both health and disease.
  3. To meet the challenges, a multidisciplinary approach is employed to address the research questions, including in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics, behavioral analysis and different types of brain imaging technology.
  1. Cui, Q., Li, Q., Geng, H., Chen, L., Ip, N.Y., Ke, Y., & Yung, W.H. (2018). Dopamine receptors mediate strategy abandoning via modulation of a specific prelimbic cortex-nucleus accumbens pathway in mice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 115(21):E4890-E4899
  2. Li, Q., Ko, H., Qian, Z.M., Yan, L.Y.C., Chan, D.C.W., Arbuthnott, G., Ke, Y. & Yung, W.H. (2017). Refinement of learned skilled movement representation in motor cortex deep output layer. Nature Communications 9; 8, 15834. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15834
  3. Leong, A.T., Chan, R.W., Gao, P.P., Chan, Y.S., Tsia, K.K., Yung, W.H. & Wu E.X. (2016). Long-range projections coordinate distributed brain-wide neural activity with a specific spatiotemporal profile. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 113(51), E8306-E8315.
  4. Xu, L.H., Xie, H., Shi, Z.H., Du, L.D., Wing, Y.K., Li, A.M., Ke Y. & Yung, W.H. (2015). Critical role of endoplasmic reticulum stress in chronic intermittent hypoxia-induced deficits in synaptic plasticity and long-term memory. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling 23, 695-710
  5. Li Q., Qian, Z.M., Arbuthnott, G.W., Ke, Y. & Yung, W.H. (2014). Cortical effects of deep brain stimulation: implications for pathogenesis and treatment of Parkinson disease. JAMA Neurology 71, 100-103(Editorial Highlight)
  6. Sun, X.R., Chen, L., Chen, W.F., Xue, Y. & Yung, W.H. (2013) Electrophysiological and behavioral effects of group III metabotropic glutamate receptors on pallidal neurons in normal and parkinsonian rats. Synapse. Jun 29. doi: 10.1002/syn.21694
  7. Huang, Y., Wang, J.J. & Yung, W.H. (2013). Coupling between GABA-A receptor and chloride transporter underlies ionic plasticity in cerebellar Purkinje neurons. The Cerebellum 12, 328-330.
  8. Lai, K.O., Wong, A.S., Cheung, M.C., Xu, P., Liang, Z., Lok, K.C., Xie, H., Palko, M.E., Yung, W.H.., Tessarollo, L., Cheung, Z.H. & Ip, N.Y. (2012). Serine phosphorylation of TrkB by Cdk5 is required for activity-dependent structural plasticity and spatial memory. Nature Neuroscience 15:1506-1515. (editorial highlight)
  9. Li, Q., Ke, Y., Chan, D.C.W., Qian, Z.M., Yung, K.K.L., Ko, H., Arbuthnott G. & Yung, W.H. (2012). Therapeutic deep brain stimulation in parkinsonian rats directly influences motor cortex. Neuron 76, 1030-1041 (Highlighted in 'Nature Reviews Neuroscience' and 'Nature China').
  10. Huang, Y., Ko, H., Cheung, Z.H., Yung, K.K.L., Yao, T., Wang, J.J., Morozov, A., Ke, Y., Ip, N.Y. & Yung, W.H.(2012). Dual actions of brain-derived neurotrophic factor on GABAergic transmission in cerebellar Purkinje neurons. Experimental Neurology 233, 791-798.
  11. Ip, J.P.K., Shi, L., Chen, Y., Itoh, Y., Fu, W.Y. Yung, W.H., Gotoh, Y., Fu, A.K.Y. & Ip N.Y. (2012). alpha2-chimaerin-mediated neuronal migration regulates cerebral cortical lamination and seizure susceptibility. Nature Neuroscience 15, 39-47.
  12. Xie, H., Leung, K.L., Chen, L., Chan, Y.S., Ng, P.C., Fok, T.F., Wing, Y.K., Ke, Y., Li, A.M. & Yung, W.H. (2010). Brain-derived neurotrophic factor rescues and prevents chronic intermittent hypoxia-induced impairment of hippocampal long-term synaptic plasticity. Neurobiology of Disease 40, 155-162.
  13. Chu, J.Y.S., Lee, L.T.O., Lai, C.H., Vaudry, H. Chan, Y.S. Yung, W.H. & Chow B.K.C. (2009). Secretin as a neurohypophysial factor regulating body water homeostasis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 106, 15961-15966.
  14. Chen, L., Yung, K.K.L., Chan, Y.S. & Yung, W.H. (2008). 5-hydroxytryptamine excites globus pallidus neurons by multiple receptor mechanisms. Neuroscience 151, 439-451.
  15. Cui, Q.L., Chen, L. & Yung, W.H. (2007). Substance P excites globus pallidus neurons in vivo. European Journal of Neuroscience 26, 1853-1861.
  16. Xue, Y., Chen, L., Xie, J.X. & Yung, W.H. (2007). Electrophysiological and behavioral effects of neurotensin in rat globus pallidus: an in vivo study. Experimental Neurology 205:108-115.
  17. Chen, L., Yung, K.K.L. & Yung, W.H. (2006). Neurotensin selectively facilitates glutamatergic transmission in rat globus pallidus. Neuroscience 141:1871-1878
  18. Fu, A.K.Y., Ip, F.C.F., Fu, W.Y., Cheung, J., Wang, J.H., Yung, W.H., & Ip, N.Y. (2005). Aberrant motor axon projection, AChR clustering and neurotransmission in Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 null mice Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 102, 15224-15229.
  19. Chan, S.C., Surmeier, D.J. & Yung, W.H. (2005). Neuronal integration of striatopallidal signals: timing matters. NeuroSignals 14, 281-289
  20. Pang, P., Teng, H., Zaitsev, E., Woo, N.T., Sakata, K., Zhen, S., Teng, K.K. & Yung, W.H. Hempstead, B., & Lu, B. (2004). Proteolytic conversion from pro- to mature BDNF by tPA/plasmin is essential for long-term hippocampal plasticity. Science 305, 487-491.