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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 developing and applying new tools to investigate mRNA translation control and other post-transcriptional gene regulatory mechanisms in the nervous system. Research in the lab aims to understand how these mechanisms may be specialized in the nervous system as well as their roles in neurological diseases.

Education & Training

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

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
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 Cell Biology2017 - Present
RNA Society2017 - Present
Society for Neuroscience2012 - Present

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