Yongli Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Program Chair, Physical Sciences
Office: Hawaii Loa Campus, AC 250
Phone: (808) 236-3547
Courses:CHEM 4030/1/2/3 Biochemistry lecture and laboratories
CHEM 4095 Biochemistry seminar
Education:Postdoctoral fellowship, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Ph.D. Biophysics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
M.S. Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
B.Eng. (Honors) Chemistry, Minor: Computer Science, Central South University, Changsha, China
Ligand-gated neurotransmitter receptors (ion channels) and their modulation by small organic compounds
My principle research interest is to study the functional modulation of neurotransmitter receptors. Neurotransmitter receptors are responsible for communication between billions neurons of mammalian central nervous system. My current research is focusing on glutamate receptor and GABAA receptors, the primary excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitter receptor, respectively. They are involved in many neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson, epilepsy etc.
I work closely with our undergraduate students. Currently, I have five undergraduate and one master graduate students working in the lab.