Hsien Sung Huang

National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Hsien-Sung Huang will become an Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Brain and Mind Sciences, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, in 2013. His lab will explore the roles of epigenetic mechanisms and synaptic functions onto the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the laboratory of Dr. Benjamin Philpot, where he has been since 2008. His postdoctoral research has identified the first compound unsilencing paternal Ube3a in brain. Loss of active maternal Ube3a causes Angelman syndrome, a severe neurodevelopmental disorder. No treatment is available for Angelman syndrome. His postdoc work has also identified a novel neuron-specific imprinted gene, Snx14. Born and raised in Taiwan, Dr. Huang received his B.S. degree in pharmacy in 1998 at Taipei Medical University and his M.S. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology in 2000 at National Taiwan University. Dr. Huang went to earn his Ph.D. degree in neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Mass, USA, in 2008 at the laboratory of Dr. Schahram Akbarian. His thesis work has provided important insight into how chromatin remodeling at GABAergic gene promoters could contribute to the etiology of schizophrenia. He was the recipient of the NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Essel Investigator, Keystone Symposia Scholarship, UNC Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence, NC TraC$2K, and 10K and 50K Award.

Biography Updated on 2 January 2013

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