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Hongyan Zou

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Neurosurgery
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Neuroscience
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Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery

Education

  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine

  • PhD, Cornell University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute
    Neurobiology

  • Internship, General Surgery
    Stanford University Hospital

  • Residency, Neurosurgery
    Stanford University Hospital

Biography

    Dr. Zou focuses her clinical practice in minimally-invasive and complex spine, brain and spine tumors and general neurosurgery. Her laboratory studies the molecular mechanisms of axonal growth and neurogenesis.  Her research supports the development of molecular treatments for neuronal and axonal regeneration.

    Please visit Dr. Hongyan Zou's Laboratory of Axon Growth and Neuronal Regeneration for more information.

    Read Dr. Zou's profile in Chinese

Awards

  • 2013 -
    NIH R21
    National Institutes of Health

  • 2013 -
    National Innovative Research Award Grant
    American Heart Association

  • 2011 -
    Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Award

  • 2011 -
    NIH R01
    National Institutes of Health

  • 2010 - 2013
    Transcriptional regulation of the intrinsic axon growth capacity during development
    Whitehall Foundation

  • 2010 -
    Young Clinician Investigator Award for Young Faculty
    NREF (Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation) of the AANS (American Association of Neurological Surgeons)

  • 2010 -
    Dr. Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award

  • 2007 -
    Congress of Neurological Surgeons Resident Award

  • 2006 -
    NRSA/NINDS Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • 2000 -
    Baxter Foundation Grant

  • 1996 -
    Frank Lappin Horsfall Jr. Fellowship

  • 1996 -
    Julian R. Rachele Prize

Research

Research

Specific Research Interests:  
-Molecular mechanisms of axonal growth;
-Transcription factors regulating axonal regeneration;
-Neural stem cell proliferation, differentiation and implication in CNS tumorigenesis.

Our lab is interested in understanding how neurons are born, how they extend axons, and how they regenerate or fail to regenerate after injury. Brain and spinal cord injuries account for billions of dollars each year in medical costs. Understanding classic and identifying novel signaling pathways that promote neurogenesis and axonogenesis will provide new molecular targets towards effective CNS regeneration. Similar mechanisms that regulate the neural stem cell (NSC) niche also regulate tumor stem cells (TSCs). Developing strategies to shrink the TSC pool by inhibiting proliferation, inducing apoptosis or promoting differentiation will have great impact on treating primary brain tumor, which is one of the leading causes of death in children and young adults.

Publications

Zou H, Niswander L. Requirement for BMP signaling in interdigital apoptosis and scale formation. Science 1996 May 3; 272: 738-741.

Zou H, Choe KM, Lu Y, Massague J, Niswander L. BMP signaling and vertebrate limb development. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology 1997; 62: 269-272.

Zou H, Wieser R, Massague J, Niswander L. Distinct roles of type I bone morphogenetic protein receptors in the formation and differentiation of cartilage. Genes & Development 1997 Sep 1; 11(17): 2191-2203.

Varley JE, McPherson CE, Zou H, Niswander L, Maxwell GD. Expression of a constitutively active type I BMP receptor using a retroviral vector promotes the development of adrenergic cells in neural crest cultures. Developmental Biology 1998 Apr 1; 196(1): 107-118.

Zou H, Ho C, Wong K, Tessier-Lavigne M. Axotomy-induced Smad1 Activation Promotes Axonal Growth in Adult Sensory Neurons. Journal of Neuroscience 2009; 29(22): 7116-7123.

Parikh P, Hao Y, Hosseinkhani M, Patil SB, Huntley GW, Tessier-Lavigne M, Zou H. PNAS Plus: Regeneration of axons in injured spinal cord by activation of bone morphogenetic protein/Smad1 signaling pathway in adult neurons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2011 Apr;.

Mascitelli J, De Los Reyes K, Steinberger J, Zou H. Lack of functionality and need for revision of an Ommaya reservoir placed into a cavum septum pellucidum. Journal of neurosurgery 2013 Mar; 118(3).

Finelli MJ, Murphy KJ, Chen L, Zou H. Differential phosphorylation of Smad1 integrates BMP and neurotrophin pathways through Erk/Dusp in axon development. Cell reports 2013 May; 3(5).

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Zou did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2012 and/or 2013: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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