We study the pathology of brain disorders
and the mechanisms of acupuncture based on the gliocentric view.
We study the pathological roles of reactive astrocytes in various brain disorders.Learn More
We study the physiological role of astrocytes in regulating brain function.
We study the molecular, cellular and circuitry neurobiology of acupuncture and herbal medicine based on the gliocentric view.Learn More
Senior Research Scientist at Brain Science Institute, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) // Adjunct professor at Department of KHU-KIST Convergence Science and Technology, Kyung Hee University
He received his master degree from Dongguk University and studied plant genetics. He worked as a research intern in a neuroscience lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Currently, he is studying neuroscience in Nam lab at KIST as a PhD student.
I am a biologist, who is passionate about electrophysiology. I received my BSc in Biology and a MSc in Neuro- and bahavioral Biology from Free University of Berlin, Germany. At Nam lab, I am dissecting the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease with strong emphasis on astrocyte using a wide range of methods including electrophysiology and optogenetics.
He received his Master of science degree from Ajou University, He has been investigating the role of a sugar transporter which is present in the brain through molecular biological approaches. In NAM lab, he is investigating the glia-neuronal metabolic interaction, particularly through glucose and fructose metabolism using various approaches including molecular biology, electrophysiology, imaging, etc.
Visiting Graduate Student
He studied molecular biology in Dankook University where he received his B.S. degree. Now he is in the Master course in Neuroscience at Korea University. He has been working as a research intern in Virus Facility at KIST (led by Dr. Seung Eun Lee). Since he has been interested in neuroscience, now he joined Nam Lab as a (part-time) visiting graduate student. In Nam Lab, he is studying therapeutic potential of chemogenetic approach in Parkinson's disease using various viral vectors, which is being collaborated with Dr. Seung Eun Lee.
DOB 2020-12-28 ․ ․ ․ ․ ․DOW 2021-06-30 (for returning to his undergraduate course)
DOB 2020-12-28 ․ ․ ․ ․ ․DOW 2021-02-26 (for returning to his undergraduate course)
The NAM Lab employs a multi-disciplinary approach including optogenetic (chemogenetic), ex vivo electrophysiological, pharmacological and imaging techniques to find mechanistic explanations for how reactive astrocytes contribute to brain pathophysiology and/or how acupuncture works through neuro- and glio-modulation.
The NAM Lab always welcomes highly self-motivated students to discover their talents! Please e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can make a time to meet.
The NAM Lab always welcomes highly self-motivated Ph.D.s to build up interesting stories of glia and neuroinflammation! Please e-mail me (email@example.com) with your CV (and a cover letter which includes what you have done in the past and what you want to get from the NAM lab).
Dr. Nam is contributing as a Topic Editor. The link is in the article.Read More
Nam MH*, Park JH*, Song HJ*, Choi JW, Kim S, Jang BK, Yoon HH, Heo JY, Lee H, An H, Kim H, Park SJ, Cho DW, Yang YS, Han SC, Kim S, Oh SJ, Jeon SR, Park KD#, Lee CJ#, KDS2010, a newly developed reversible MAO-B inhibitor, as an effective therapeutic candidate for Parkinson’s disease, Neurotherapeutics, 2021, acceptedRead More
Cho HU*, Kim S*, Sim J, Yang S, Nam MH#, Jang DP#, Lee CJ#, Redefining differential roles of MAO-A in dopamine degradation and MAO-B in tonic GABA synthesis, EMM, acceptedRead More
We thank Juneyeon for his efforts and contributions to our lab and wish him all the best of luck on his future!Read More
An H, Koh W, Kang S, Nam MH#, Lee CJ#, Differential proximity of perisynaptic astrocytic Best1 at the excitatory and inhibitory tripartite synapses in APP/PS1 and MAOB-KO mice revealed by Lattice Structured-Illumination Microscope, Experimental Neurobiology, 2021, Online ahead of print. (#co-corresponding authors)Read More
An H, Lee H, Yang S, Won W, Lee CJ#, Nam MH#, Adenovirus-induced reactive astrogliosis exacerbates the pathology of Parkinson's disease, Experimental Neurobiology, Accepted. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34045369/Read More
An H, Heo JY, Lee CJ, Nam MH., The Pathological Role of Astrocytic MAOB in Parkinsonism Revealed by Genetic Ablation and Over-expression of MAOB. Exp Neurobiol. 2021;30(2):113-119. doi: 10.5607/en21007.Read More
Our recent paper "Expression of mu-opioid receptor in CA1 hippocampal astrocytes" is recommended by Faculty Opinions (previously F1000 prime). Dr. Emmanuel Darcq recommended this article owing to our new finding of the presence of MOR in astrocytes of the hippocampus using MOR-mCherry mice.Read More