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Junjie Guo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

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Junjie Guo, PhD



A native of Guangzhou, China, Junjie Guo received his B.A. in Biology from Peking University (Beijing). He completed his Ph.D. thesis in the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, working on neuronal DNA methylation. During his postdoctoral training at the Whitehead Institute/MIT, he developed a series of high-throughput computational and experimental methods to investigate circular RNAs and intracellular RNA folding. He joined the Department of Neuroscience at Yale School of Medicine in Fall 2017.

The Guo lab is broadly interested in questions at the intersection of RNA biology and Neuroscience, with a focus on understanding the mechanisms and functions of mRNA translation control in the nervous system as well as its dysregulation in neurological disorders caused by nucleotide repeat expansions.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Whitehead Institute/MIT/HHMI (2017)
  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2012)
  • PhD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Neuroscience (2011)
  • BA
    Peking University, Biology (2006)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
McKnight Neurobiology of Brain Disorders AwardThe McKnight Foundation2023
NYSCF-Robertson Neuroscience InvestigatorNew York Stem Cell Foundation2021
NIH Director's New Innovator (DP2) AwardNIH Common Fund2018
NARSAD Young InvestigatorBrain & Behavior Research Foundation2018
Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in NeuroscienceThe Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation2018
Yale Scholar in Neurodegenerative ResearchYale School of Medicine2017
Damon Runyon Postdoctoral FellowshipDamon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation2013
Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award in NeuroscienceSociety for Neuroscience, the Gruber Foundation2012
Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student AwardFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center2012

Professional Service

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyMember2023 - Present
Human Molecular GeneticsReviewer2022 - Present
Review CommonsReviewer2021 - Present
Nature Structural and Molecular BiologyReviewer2021 - Present
Nature CommunicationsReviewer2020 - Present
Cell ReportsReviewer2020 - Present
Neuroscience Research-In-Progress Seminar SeriesCo-Organizer2019 - Present
ScienceReviewer2019 - Present
Nature Chemical BiologyReviewer2019 - Present
NeuronReviewer2018 - Present
American Society for Cell BiologyMember2017 - Present
RNA SocietyMember2017 - Present
Society for NeuroscienceMember2012 - Present

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