• 570 Citations
  • 12 h-Index

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Area of Expertise

My research interests focus on developing clinically relevant approaches that would help restore brain functions in cerebral ischemia, Alzheimer’s disease, and traumatic brain injury. During the time I worked at Buck Institute, I dealt with a wide range of subjects related to cerebral ischemia. These included the effects of ablating neuronal stem cells, of sectioning the corpus callosum, and of superimposing a contralateral cerebral lesion on stroke outcome.
At UNTHSC, I have been focusing on investigating the therapeutic effects on cerebral ischemia of a novel class of compounds, positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (α7-nAChRs). My findings that injury-elevated endogenous choline enhanced by α7-PAMs augments brain resistance to ischemia thus holds a significant therapeutic promise and can be combined with long-term bioengineering approaches utilizing stem cells and various rehabilitation programs. These intriguing and potentially clinically-relevant results provide an important conceptual support and guidance to developing novel therapeutic interventions against cerebral ischemia.

Education/Academic qualification

MD in Clinical Medicine, Zhejiang University

PhD in Neurology, Zhejiang University

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Research Output

  • 570 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 18 Article

Boosting Endogenous Resistance of Brain to Ischemia

Sun, F., Johnson, S. R., Jin, K. & Uteshev, V. V., 1 Apr 2017, In : Molecular Neurobiology. 54, 3, p. 2045-2059 15 p.

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  • 4 Scopus citations

    Combining injectable plasma scaffold with mesenchymal stem/stromal cells for repairing infarct cavity after ischemic stroke

    Zhang, H., Sun, F., Wang, J., Xie, L., Pan, M., Shao, B., Yang, G. Y., Yang, S. H., ZhuGe, Q. & Jin, K., 2017, In : Aging and Disease. 8, 2, p. 203-214 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 11 Scopus citations
  • 11 Scopus citations

    Pgrmc1/BDNF signaling plays a critical role in mediating glia-neuron cross talk

    Sun, F., Nguyen, T., Jin, X., Huang, R., Chen, Z., Cunningham, R. L., Singh, M. & Su, C., May 2016, In : Endocrinology. 157, 5, p. 2067-2079 13 p.

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  • 14 Scopus citations

    ERK5/KLF4 signaling as a common mediator of the neuroprotective effects of both nerve growth factor and hydrogen peroxide preconditioning

    Su, C., Sun, F., Cunningham, R. L., Rybalchenko, N. & Singh, M., Aug 2014, In : Age. 36, 4, 9685.

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  • 25 Scopus citations