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Wenzhen Duan, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.

Director, Translational Neurobiology Laboratory
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


  • Director, Translational Neurobiology Laboratory
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Research Interests

biomarkers; Energy metabolism; Sirtuins; BDNF; Neutrotrophin; Parkinson''s disease; Huntington''s Disease; neurodegenerative disorders


  • English


Society For Neuroscience; American Society of Neurochemistry

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  • Education +


    • M.D., Shanxi Medical University, Shanxi, PR China, 1992
    • Ph.D., Peking Union Medical University, Peking, PR China, 1998


    • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 2000
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Duan and her team use multidisciplinary approaches to elucidate molecular mechanisms and  develop therapeutic targets for Huntignton’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

    Selected Publications

    1. Jiang M, Peng Q, Liu X, Jin J, Hou Z, Zhang J, Mori S, Ross CA, Ye K and Duan W. Small molecule TrkB receptor agonists improve motor function and extend survival in a mouse model of Huntington’s disease. Hum Mol Genet 2013, 22(12):2462-2470.
    2. Duan W. Sirtuins: from metabolic regulation to brain aging. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 2013, 5(36): 1-13
    3. Jin J, Cheng Y, Zhang Y, Wood W, Peng Q, Hutchison E, Mattson MP, Becker KG, Duan W. Interrogation of brain miRNA and mRNA expression profiles reveals a molecular regulatory network that is perturbed by mutant huntingtin. J Neurochem, 2012, 123(4): 477-90.
    4. Fu J, Jin J, Cichewicz RH, Hageman SA, Ellis TK, Xiang L, Peng Q, Jiang M, Arbez N, Hotaling K, Ross CA and Duan W. Trans-(-)-ε-viniferin increases mitochondrial sirtuin 3 (SIRT3), activates AMPK, and protects cells in models of Huntington’s disease. J. Bio Chem, 2012, 287(29):24460-72.
    5. Jiang M, Wang J, Fu J, Du L, Jeong H, West T, Xiang L, Peng Q, Hou Z, Cai H, Seredenin T, Arbez N, Zhu S, Sommers K, Qian J, Zhang J, Mori S, Yang XW, Tamashiro KLK, Aja S, Moran TH, Luthi-Carter R, Martin B, Maudsley S, Mattson MP, Cichewicz RH, Ross CA, Holtzman DM, Krainc D, Duan W. Neuroprotective role of Sirt1 in mammalian models of Huntington’s disease through activation of multiple Sirt1 targets. Nature Medicine, 2011, 18(1): 153-158.
    6. Cheng Y, Peng Q, Hou Z, Aggarwal M, Zhang J, Mori S, Ross CA, Duan W. Structural MRI detects progressive regional brain atrophy and neuroprotective effects in N171-82Q Huntington’s disease mouse model. Neuroimage, 2011, 56:1027-1034.
    7. Jiang M, Porat-Shliom Y, Pei Z, Cheng Y, Xiang L, Sommers K, Li Q, Gillardon F, Hengerer B, Berlinicke C, Smith WW, Zack D, Poirier MA, Ross CA, Duan W.  Baicalein reduces E46K alpha-synuclein aggregation in vitro and protects cells against E46K alpha-synuclein toxicity in cell models of familiar Parkinsonism.  J Neurochem, 2010, 114(2):419-29.
    8. Zhang J, Peng Q, Li Q, Jahanshad N, Hou Z, Jiang M, Masuda N, Langbehn DR, Miller MI, Mori S, Ross CA, Duan W. Longitudinal characterization of brain atrophy of a Huntington’s disease mouse model by automated morphological analyses of magnetic resonance images. Neuroimage, 2010, 49(3):2340-51.
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