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Xiaochang Zhang

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentHuman Genetics
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    How our brain is developed and evolved remains a major question, and abnormal development of the human brain can cause autism, epilepsy and intellectual disability. We study fundamental mechanisms of brain development and disorders. Our current research includes: mechanisms of cell type specification in mammalian brains, genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders, and roles of mRNA isoforms in neural development and diseases. We develop and apply single-cell approaches, animal models, and functional genomics to address these questions.

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    Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, BostonPostdoc/Instructor12/2017Human Genetics
    Fudan University, ShanghaiPhD06/2009Developmental Genetics

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    R01MH130594     (ZHANG, XIAOCHANG)Apr 1, 2023 - Mar 31, 2028
    Rescuing SYNGAP1 haploinsufficiency by redirecting alternative splicing
    Role: Principal Investigator

    DP2GM137423     (ZHANG, XIAOCHANG)Sep 30, 2019 - May 31, 2024
    Single cell detection of dynamic protein-RNA interaction
    Role: Principal Investigator

    K01MH109747     (ZHANG, XIAOCHANG)Jul 1, 2016 - Mar 31, 2020
    Cell Type-specific Alternative Splicing Controls Cerebral Cortical Development
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Kang B, Yang Y, Hu K, Ruan X, Liu YL, Lee P, Lee J, Wang J, Zhang X. Infernape uncovers cell type-specific and spatially resolved alternative polyadenylation in the brain. Genome Res. 2023 10; 33(10):1774-1787. PMID: 37907328; PMCID: PMC10691540.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    2. Yang Y, Yang R, Kang B, Qian S, He X, Zhang X. Single-cell long-read sequencing in human cerebral organoids uncovers cell-type-specific and autism-associated exons. Cell Rep. 2023 11 28; 42(11):113335. PMID: 37889749; PMCID: PMC10842930.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    3. Ruan X, Hu K, Zhang X. PIE-seq: identifying RNA-binding protein targets by dual RNA-deaminase editing and sequencing. Nat Commun. 2023 06 06; 14(1):3275. PMID: 37280234; PMCID: PMC10244410.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    4. Yang R, Feng X, Arias-Cavieres A, Mitchell RM, Polo A, Hu K, Zhong R, Qi C, Zhang RS, Westneat N, Portillo CA, Nobrega MA, Hansel C, Garcia Iii AJ, Zhang X. Upregulation of SYNGAP1 expression in mice and human neurons by redirecting alternative splicing. Neuron. 2023 05 17; 111(10):1637-1650.e5. PMID: 36917980; PMCID: PMC10198817.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    5. Lim ET, Chan Y, Dawes P, Guo X, Erdin S, Tai DJC, Liu S, Reichert JM, Burns MJ, Chan YK, Chiang JJ, Meyer K, Zhang X, Walsh CA, Yankner BA, Raychaudhuri S, Hirschhorn JN, Gusella JF, Talkowski ME, Church GM. Orgo-Seq integrates single-cell and bulk transcriptomic data to identify cell type specific-driver genes associated with autism spectrum disorder. Nat Commun. 2022 06 10; 13(1):3243. PMID: 35688811; PMCID: PMC9187732.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    6. Qi C, Feng I, Neil JE, Caluseriu O, Li D, Ganetzky RD, Brasch-Andersen C, Fagerberg C, Bupp C, Muraresku CC, Ruan X, Kang B, Hu K, Zhong R, Bhoj EJ, Hill RS, Falk MJ, Hakonarson H, Kahle KT, Walsh CA, Zhang X, Costa AR, Pinto-Costa R, Hansen LK, Brites P, Sousa MM. Variants in ADD1 cause intellectual disability, corpus callosum dysgenesis, and ventriculomegaly in humans. Genet Med. 2022 02; 24(2):319-331. PMID: 34906466; PMCID: PMC8802223.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    7. Ruan X, Kang B, Qi C, Lin W, Wang J, Zhang X. Progenitor cell diversity in the developing mouse neocortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 03 09; 118(10). PMID: 33649223; PMCID: PMC7958455.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    8. Coulter ME, Musaev D, DeGennaro EM, Zhang X, Henke K, James KN, Smith RS, Hill RS, Partlow JN, Kamumbu AS, Hatem N, Barkovich AJ, Zaki MS, Sultan T, Rajab A, Al-Gazali L, Mochida GH, Harris MP, Gleeson JG, Walsh CA, Aziza J, Chassaing N, Burglen L. Regulation of human cerebral cortical development by EXOC7 and EXOC8, components of the exocyst complex, and roles in neural progenitor cell proliferation and survival. Genet Med. 2020 06; 22(6):1040-1050. PMID: 32103185; PMCID: PMC7272323.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    9. Lim ET, Uddin M, De Rubeis S, Chan Y, Kamumbu AS, Zhang X, D'Gama AM, Kim SN, Hill RS, Goldberg AP, Poultney C, Minshew NJ, Kushima I, Aleksic B, Ozaki N, Carracedo A, Kolevzon A, Hultman CM, Weiss LA, Fromer M, Chiocchetti AG, Freitag CM, Autism Sequencing Consortium, Church GM, Scherer SW, Buxbaum JD, Walsh CA, Parellada M, Arango C, Penzol MJ. Rates, distribution and implications of postzygotic mosaic mutations in autism spectrum disorder. Nat Neurosci. 2017 09; 20(9):1217-1224. PMID: 28714951; PMCID: PMC5672813.
      Citations: 134     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    10. Zhang X, Chen MH, Wu X, Kodani A, Fan J, Doan R, Ozawa M, Ma J, Yoshida N, Reiter JF, Black DL, Kharchenko PV, Sharp PA, Walsh CA. Cell-Type-Specific Alternative Splicing Governs Cell Fate in the Developing Cerebral Cortex. Cell. 2016 Aug 25; 166(5):1147-1162.e15. PMID: 27565344; PMCID: PMC5248659.
      Citations: 157     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    11. Jamuar SS, Lam AT, Kircher M, D'Gama AM, Wang J, Barry BJ, Zhang X, Hill RS, Partlow JN, Rozzo A, Servattalab S, Mehta BK, Topcu M, Amrom D, Andermann E, Dan B, Parrini E, Guerrini R, Scheffer IE, Berkovic SF, Leventer RJ, Shen Y, Wu BL, Barkovich AJ, Sahin M, Chang BS, Bamshad M, Nickerson DA, Shendure J, Poduri A, Yu TW, Walsh CA. Somatic mutations in cerebral cortical malformations. N Engl J Med. 2014 Aug 21; 371(8):733-43. PMID: 25140959; PMCID: PMC4274952.
      Citations: 141     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Zhang X, Ling J, Jing L, Wu J, Barry BJ, Mochida GH, Hill RS, Weimer JM, Stein Q, Poduri A, Partlow JN, Yu TW, Lam AT, Servattalab S, Rodriguez J, Zon LI, Walsh CA, Barcia G, Ville D, Dulac O, Boddaert N, Munnich A, Colleaux L, Söll D, Nabbout R. Mutations in QARS, encoding glutaminyl-tRNA synthetase, cause progressive microcephaly, cerebral-cerebellar atrophy, and intractable seizures. Am J Hum Genet. 2014 Apr 03; 94(4):547-58. PMID: 24656866; PMCID: PMC3980424.
      Citations: 62     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    13. Zhang X, Zabinsky R, Teng Y, Cui M, Han M. microRNAs play critical roles in the survival and recovery of Caenorhabditis elegans from starvation-induced L1 diapause. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Nov 01; 108(44):17997-8002. PMID: 22011579; PMCID: PMC3207661.
      Citations: 48     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    14. Zhang X, Han M. Nuclear migration: rock and roll facilitated by dynein and kinesin. Curr Biol. 2010 Dec 07; 20(23):R1027-9. PMID: 21145020.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    15. Zhang X, Lei K, Yuan X, Wu X, Zhuang Y, Xu T, Xu R, Han M. SUN1/2 and Syne/Nesprin-1/2 complexes connect centrosome to the nucleus during neurogenesis and neuronal migration in mice. Neuron. 2009 Oct 29; 64(2):173-87. PMID: 19874786; PMCID: PMC2788510.
      Citations: 256     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    16. Lei K, Zhang X, Ding X, Guo X, Chen M, Zhu B, Xu T, Zhuang Y, Xu R, Han M. SUN1 and SUN2 play critical but partially redundant roles in anchoring nuclei in skeletal muscle cells in mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jun 23; 106(25):10207-12. PMID: 19509342; PMCID: PMC2700906.
      Citations: 148     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    17. Zhang X, Xu R, Zhu B, Yang X, Ding X, Duan S, Xu T, Zhuang Y, Han M. Syne-1 and Syne-2 play crucial roles in myonuclear anchorage and motor neuron innervation. Development. 2007 Mar; 134(5):901-8. PMID: 17267447.
      Citations: 141     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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