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Staff Scientist

Li Jiang, Ph.D.

Circuits, Synapses, and Molecular Signaling Section


Building 35A Room 3B1010
35 Convent Drive
Bethesda MD 20892
Office: 301-496-1227


li.jiang2@nih.gov

Dr. Li Jiang received an M.D. in 1995, from China Medical University, Shenyang, China and a Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2003, from New York Medical College, New York. Dr. Jiang completed his postdoctoral training in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University from 2003 to 2006. He continued for two additional years as a Research Scientist from 2006 to 2008, in Columbia University. In 2008, he moved to Stony Brook University and worked as a research scientist till 2018., then he joined UC Irvine for one year before coming to NINDS. In 2019, Dr. Jiang joined the NINDS as a Staff Scientist



Dr. Li Jiang’s primary interests are understanding the Central Nervous System neuronal mechanisms underlying memory and cognition, particularly the role of cholinergic signaling in synaptic plasticity which directly related to pathological brain disorders such as depression, epilepsy, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Jiang is interested in functional mapping of cholinergic circuits in the brain. Utilizing various cutting-edge techniques including optogenetic, chemogenetic, electrophysiological Patch-Clamp recording, fluorescence imaging and behavior assessments, Dr. Jiang investigates how altering cholinergic signaling can manipulate the memory in the genetically modified mice models.

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  • 1) Lopez-Hernández, G., Ananth, M., Jiang, L., Ballinger, E., Talmage, D., Role, L (2017)
  • Electrophysiological properties of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons identified by genetic and optogenetic tagging
  • J Neurochem, 2017 Aug, 142 Suppl 2:103-110. doi: 10.1111/jnc.14073
  • 2) Jiang, L., Kundu, S., Lederman, J., López-Hernández, G., Ballinger, E., Wang, S., Talmage, D., Role, L (2016)
  • Cholinergic Signaling Controls Conditioned Fear Behaviors and Enhances Plasticity of Cortical-Amygdala Circuits
  • Neuron, 2016 Jun, 1;90(5):1057-70
  • 3) Jiang, L., Kang, D., Kang, J (2015)
  • Potentiation of tonic GABAergic inhibition by activation of postsynaptic kainate receptors
  • Neuroscience, 2015 Jul 9, 298:448-54. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.04.043. Epub 2015 Apr 28
  • 4) Jiang, L., López-Hernández, G., Lederman, J., Talmage, D., Role, L (2014)
  • Optogenetic studies of nicotinic contributions to cholinergic signaling in the central nervous system|
  • Rev Neurosci, 25(6), 755-71
  • 5) Jiang, L., Emmetsberger, J., Talmage, D., Role, L (2013)
  • Type III Neuregulin 1 is required for multiple forms of excititatory synaptic plasticity of mouse cortico-amygdala circuits
  • J. Neurosci, 2013 Jun 5;33(23) , 9655-66
  • 6) Jiang, L., Role, L (2008)
  • Facilitation of cortico-amygdala synapses by nicotine: activity dependent modulation of glutamatergic transmission
  • J Neurophysiol, 2008 Apr; 99(4), 1988-99
  • 7) Xu, J., Kang, N., Jiang, L., Nedergaard, M., Kang, J (2005)
  • Activity-dependent long-term potentiation of intrinsic excitability in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons
  • J. Neurosci, 2005 Feb 16;25(7), 1750-60
  • 8) Kang, N.*, Jiang, L.*, He, W., Xu, J., Nedergaard, M., Kang, J (2004)
  • Presynaptic inactivation of action potentials and postsynaptic inhibition of GABAA currents contribute to KA-induced disinhibition in CA1 pyramidal neurons
  • J Neurophysiol, 2004 Aug; 92(2) , 873-82. * Contribute equally
  • 9) Nunes, MC., Roy, NS., Keyoung, HM., Goodman, RR., McKhann, G 2nd., Jiang, L., Kang, J., Nedergaard, M., Goldman, SA (2003)
  • Identification and isolation of multipotential neural progenitor cells from the subcortical white matter of the adult human brain
  • Nature Medicine, 9(4), 439 – 447
  • 10) Lin, J. H-C., Takano, T., Cotrina, M. L., Arcuino, G., Kang, J., Liu, S., Gao, Q., Jiang, L., Li, F., Lichtenberg-Frate, H., Haubrich, S., Willecke, K, Goldman, S. and Nedergaard, M. Connexin (2002)
  • 43 Enhances the Adhesivity and Mediates the Invasion of Maglignant Glioma Cells
  • J. Neurosci, 22(11), 4302-4311
  • 11) Arcuino, G., Lin, J. H-C., Takano, T., Liu, C., Jiang, L., Gao, Q., Kang, J. and Nedergaard, M (2002)
  • Intercellular calcium signaling mediated by point source burst release of ATP
  • Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 99(15), 9840-5
  • 12) Jiang, L., Xu, J., Nedergaard, M. and Kang, J (2001)
  • A kainate receptor increase the efficacy of GABAergic synapses
  • Neuron, Vol. 30, 503-513
  • 13) Jiang, L., Sun, S., Nedergaard, M. and Kang, J. Paired-pulse modulation at individual GABAergic synapses in rat hippocampus (2000)
  • J. Physiol, 523.2, pp. 425-439
  • 14) Roy, N.S., Wang, S., Jiang, L., Kang, J., Benraiss, A., Restelli, C., Fraser, R.A.R., Couldwell, W.T., Kawaguchi, A., Okano, H., Nedergaard, M., Goldman, S.A (2000)
  • In vitro neurogenesis by neural progenitor cells prospectively identified and viably sorted from the adult human hippocampus
  • Nature Medicine, 6(3) , 271-277
  • 15) Cotrina, M. L., Lin, J. H-C., Alves-Rodriues, A., Liu, S., Jiang, L., Azmi-Ghadimi, H., Kang, J., Naus, C. C. G. and Nedergaard, M (1998)
  • Connexins regulate calcium signaling by controlling ATP release
  • Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 95, 15735-15740
  • 16) Kang, J., Jiang, L., Goldman, S. A. and M. Nedergaard. Astrocyte-mediated potentiation of synaptic transmission (1998)
  • Nature Neurosci, 1(8), 683-692
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