Jonah Chan, PhD

Department of Neurology
+1 415 476-8557
Research Description: 

Dr. Jonah R. Chan received his BS in Biochemistry and PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University with Dr. Eric Shooter. Jonah is currently the Debbie and Andy Rachleff Distinguished Professor of Neurology. He is a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, the Division of Neuroimmunology and Glial Biology and Co-Director of the Innovation Program for Remyelination and Repair at UCSF.

The Chan laboratory has a long-standing interest in fundamental glial/neuronal interactions and the molecular mechanisms that regulate myelination. Myelination is one of the most exquisite examples of cell-cell interaction found in nature and functions to maximize the efficiency and velocity of action potentials transmitted throughout the nervous system. While much has been learned about the global determinants that generate myelin-forming cells during development, the Chan laboratory is particularly interested in understanding how local environmental cues control the spatiotemporal regulation of differentiation and myelination, including both molecular and biophysical interactions. Identification of an environment that is conducive for myelination could have important implications for efforts aimed at promoting repair and remyelination in the nervous system.

Current Laboratory Members:

Trung Huynh, BS
Lab Manager
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Kae-Jiun Chang, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
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Lindsay Osso, BS
Graduate Student
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Sarah Raissi, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
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Maggie Yeung, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
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Wendy Xin, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
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Monique Lillis, BS
Graduate Student
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Primary Thematic Area: 
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Research Summary: 
Neuronal/Glial Interactions that Control Myelination



Enhancing myelin renewal reverses cognitive dysfunction in a murine model of Alzheimer's disease.


Chen JF, Liu K, Hu B, Li RR, Xin W, Chen H, Wang F, Chen L, Li RX, Ren SY, Xiao L, Chan JR, Mei F

TDP-43 maximizes nerve conduction velocity by repressing a cryptic exon for paranodal junction assembly in Schwann cells.


Chang KJ, Agrawal I, Vainshtein A, Ho WY, Xin W, Tucker-Kellogg G, Susuki K, Peles E, Ling SC, Chan JR

Myelin plasticity: sculpting circuits in learning and memory.

Nature reviews. Neuroscience

Xin W, Chan JR