• 588 Citations
  • 15 h-Index

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Area of Expertise

My laboratory focuses on the development of research/therapeutic strategies to slow premature brain aging resulting from a chronic use of drugs of dependence such as benzodiazepine (BZD, an antianxiety medication) and alcohol, and withdrawal stress from the substances.
Currently, we investigate whether BZD administration to mice elevates/alters the production of neurotoxic amyloid beta, amyloid beta-producing gamma-secretase, and peripheral BZD receptors. We also investigate whether these changes mediate aging-like behavioral signs such as movement and cognition deficits. We are planning to test whether the aging-like effects of BZD will be attenuated by training mice with moderately low oxygen. Our study may help understand how to minimize accelerated brain aging associated with substance misuse.

Education/Academic qualification

BS in Pharmacy, Ewha University

MS in Pharmacy, Ewha University

MS in Pharmacology, UNT Health Science Center

PhD in Pharmacology, UNT Health Science Center

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Research Output

  • 588 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
  • 33 Article
  • 5 Review article
  • 1 Short survey

A protective role of translocator protein in Alzheimer’s disease brain

Jung, M. E., 1 Jan 2020, In : Current Alzheimer Research. 17, 1, p. 3-15 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Chronic benzodiazepine suppresses translocator protein and elevates amyloid β in mice

    Tan, S., Metzger, D. B. & Jung, M. E., Sep 2018, In : Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. 172, p. 59-67 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Scopus citations
  • 4 Scopus citations
  • 6 Scopus citations