Shuo Kang

I have been interested in studying the neurobiology of drug addiction. In my master degree training, I focused on studying the mechanisms underlying the formation and extinction of drug withdrawal associated memory, primarily using molecular biology approaches. Aspects of withdrawal can be associated with all kinds of cues and become conditioned. The withdrawal associated memory is often hard to extinguish and plays a significant role in relapse. The extinction can be accelerated if we understand its mechanism. However, I used acute drug exposure/withdrawal animal model which limited the generalization of my study.

In my current PhD training, I became more interested in studying the effect of chronic exposure to drugs of abuse (mainly amphetamine) on neurophysiology and cognitive functions. I’m especially interested in finding out if there are more adverse consequences when drug exposure occurs in adolescence and if there are age-dependent differences in drug-induced neuroadaptations. I’ve been using electrophysiology and molecular biology approaches to investigate the potential effect of amphetamine on mesocortical dopamine functions.

Research Areas

Representative Publications

W Wang, Y Ju, Q Zhou, J Tang, M Li, L Zhang, S Kang, Z Chen, Y Wang, H Ji, Y Ding, L Xu, J Liu (2017) The small GTPase Rac1 contributes to extinction of aversive memories of drug withdrawal by facilitating GABA A receptor endocytosis in the vmPFC. Journal of Neuroscience 37, 7096-110.

S Kang, M Wu, R Galvez and J. M. Gulley (2016) Timing of amphetamine exposure in relation to puberty onset determines its effects on anhedonia, exploratory behavior, and dopamine D1 receptor expression in young adulthood. Neuroscience 339, 72-84.

S Kang*, K Paul*, E. R. Hankosky, C. L. Cox, J. M. Gulley (2016) D1 receptor-mediated inhibition of medial prefrontal cortex neurons is disrupted in adult rats exposed to amphetamine in adolescence. Neuroscience 324, 40-49.

K Paul*, S Kang*, C. L. Cox, and J. M. Gulley (2016) Repeated exposure to amphetamine during adolescence alters inhibitory tone in the medial prefrontal cortex following drug re-exposure in adulthood. Behavioral Brain Research 309, 9-13.

S Kang, Q Ling, W Liu, B Lu, Y Liu, L He, J Liu (2013) Down-regulation of dorsal striatal RhoA activity and impairment of working memory in middle-aged rats, Neurobiology of learning and memory 103, 3-10.

W Wang*, S Kang*, W Liu, M Li, Y Liu, C Yu, J Chen, Z Chi, L He, J Liu (2012) Extinction of aversive memories associated with morphine withdrawal requires ERK-mediated epigenetic regulation of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor transcription in the rat ventromedial prefrontal cortex, The Journal of Neuroscience 32, 13763-75.

G Lu, Q Zhou, S Kang, Q Li, L Zhao, JChen, J Sun, J Cao, Y Wang, J Chen, X Chen, D Zhong, Z Chi, L Xu, J Liu (2010) Chronic morphine treatment impaired hippocampal long-term potentiation and spatial memory via accumulation of extracellular adenosine acting on adenosine A1 receptors, The Journal of Neuroscience 30, 5058-70.

Y Hou, Y Liu, S Kang, C Yu, Z Chi, J Liu (2009) Glutamate receptors in the dorsal hippocampus mediate the acquisition, but not the expression, of conditioned place aversion induced by acute morphine withdrawal in rats, Acta Pharmacologica Sinica 30, 1385-91.