Weizhe Hong

Title(s)Professor, Biological Chemistry
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    Title(s)Professor, Neurobiology

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    Stanford UniversityPhD2012
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    2023H. W. Magoun Distinguished Lectureship, UCLA
    2021John H. Walsh Young Investigator Research Prize, UCLA
    2021W. M. Keck Foundation Junior Faculty Award
    2020Young Investigator Award, Society for Neuroscience
    2020Vallee Scholar Award, The Vallee Foundation
    2020Mallinckrodt Scholar Award (the 69th Mallinckrodt Scholar), The Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation
    2019Early Career Award, Society for Social Neuroscience
    2019McKnight Scholar Award, McKnight Foundation
    2018Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
    2018Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award
    2017Searle Scholar Award, Searle Scholars Program
    2017Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
    2016NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
    2016Whitehall Foundation Grant
    2013Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship
    2013Category Winner in Developmental Biology, Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientist
    2013Larry Sandler Memorial Award, Genetics Society of America
    2012Larry Katz Memorial Lecture, Cold Spring Harbor Meeting in Neural Circuits

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    Dr. Hong is a Professor of Neurobiology, Biological Chemistry, and Bioengineering at the University of California Los Angeles. His research aims to uncover the fundamental neural mechanisms underlying social behavior, with a specific focus on empathy and prosociality. Dr. Hong earned his PhD degree in 2012 from Stanford University and was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. In 2016, he joined UCLA as an Assistant Professor, and he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2020 and to Full Professor in 2023. He is also the recipient of a Young Investigator Award from the Society for Neuroscience, an Early Career Award from the Society for Social Neuroscience, a Mallinckrodt Scholar Award, a Vallee Scholar Award, a Searle Scholar Award, a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a McKnight Scholar Award, a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship, and a Sloan Research Fellowship.​
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    1. Cortical regulation of helping behaviour towards others in pain. Nature. 2024 Feb; 626(7997):136-144. Zhang M, Wu YE, Jiang M, Hong W. PMID: 38267578; PMCID: PMC10925558.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    2. Control of social hierarchy beyond neurons. Nat Neurosci. 2023 Sep; 26(9):1485-1486. Phi NT, Yu X, Hong W. PMID: 37563297.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions:    Fields:    Translation:Cells
    3. Neural mechanisms of comforting: Prosocial touch and stress buffering. Horm Behav. 2023 Jul; 153:105391. Lim KY, Hong W. PMID: 37301130; PMCID: PMC10853048.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    4. Neural basis of prosocial behavior. Trends Neurosci. 2022 10; 45(10):749-762. Wu YE, Hong W. PMID: 35853793; PMCID: PMC10039809.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    5. Neural control of affiliative touch in prosocial interaction. Nature. 2021 11; 599(7884):262-267. Wu YE, Dang J, Kingsbury L, Zhang M, Sun F, Hu RK, Hong W. PMID: 34646019; PMCID: PMC8605624.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 29     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    6. An amygdala-to-hypothalamus circuit for social reward. Nat Neurosci. 2021 06; 24(6):831-842. Hu RK, Zuo Y, Ly T, Wang J, Meera P, Wu YE, Hong W. PMID: 33820999; PMCID: PMC8236486.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 45     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    7. A Multi-Brain Framework for Social Interaction. Trends Neurosci. 2020 09; 43(9):651-666. Kingsbury L, Hong W. PMID: 32709376; PMCID: PMC7484406.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 34     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    8. Cortical Representations of Conspecific Sex Shape Social Behavior. Neuron. 2020 09 09; 107(5):941-953.e7. Kingsbury L, Huang S, Raam T, Ye LS, Wei D, Hu RK, Ye L, Hong W. PMID: 32663438; PMCID: PMC7486272.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 30     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    9. Correlated Neural Activity and Encoding of Behavior across Brains of Socially Interacting Animals. Cell. 2019 07 11; 178(2):429-446.e16. Kingsbury L, Huang S, Wang J, Gu K, Golshani P, Wu YE, Hong W. PMID: 31230711; PMCID: PMC6625832.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 110     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    10. Sexually Dimorphic Control of Parenting Behavior by the Medial Amygdala. Cell. 2019 02 21; 176(5):1206-1221.e18. Chen PB, Hu RK, Wu YE, Pan L, Huang S, Micevych PE, Hong W. PMID: 30773317; PMCID: PMC6555485.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 62     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    11. Neural Circuit Mechanisms of Social Behavior. Neuron. 2018 04 04; 98(1):16-30. Chen P, Hong W. PMID: 29621486; PMCID: PMC6028944.
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    12. Detecting Activated Cell Populations Using Single-Cell RNA-Seq. Neuron. 2017 Oct 11; 96(2):313-329.e6. Wu YE, Pan L, Zuo Y, Li X, Hong W. PMID: 29024657.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 180     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    13. Automated measurement of mouse social behaviors using depth sensing, video tracking, and machine learning. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Sep 22; 112(38):E5351-60. Hong W, Kennedy A, Burgos-Artizzu XP, Zelikowsky M, Navonne SG, Perona P, Anderson DJ. PMID: 26354123; PMCID: PMC4586844.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 95     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    14. Toll receptors instruct axon and dendrite targeting and participate in synaptic partner matching in a Drosophila olfactory circuit. Neuron. 2015 Mar 04; 85(5):1013-28. Ward A, Hong W, Favaloro V, Luo L. PMID: 25741726; PMCID: PMC4351475.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 49     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    15. Antagonistic control of social versus repetitive self-grooming behaviors by separable amygdala neuronal subsets. Cell. 2014 Sep 11; 158(6):1348-1361. Hong W, Kim DW, Anderson DJ. PMID: 25215491; PMCID: PMC4167378.
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    16. Genetic control of wiring specificity in the fly olfactory system. Genetics. 2014 Jan; 196(1):17-29. Hong W, Luo L. PMID: 24395823; PMCID: PMC3872183.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 51     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    17. Science & SciLifeLab Prize. Assembly of a neural circuit. Science. 2013 Dec 06; 342(6163):1186. Hong W. PMID: 24311677.
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    18. Chaperone-dependent mechanisms for acid resistance in enteric bacteria. Trends Microbiol. 2012 Jul; 20(7):328-35. Hong W, Wu YE, Fu X, Chang Z. PMID: 22459131.
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    19. Trans-synaptic Teneurin signalling in neuromuscular synapse organization and target choice. Nature. 2012 Mar 18; 484(7393):237-41. Mosca TJ, Hong W, Dani VS, Favaloro V, Luo L. PMID: 22426000; PMCID: PMC3326183.
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    20. Teneurins instruct synaptic partner matching in an olfactory map. Nature. 2012 Mar 18; 484(7393):201-7. Hong W, Mosca TJ, Luo L. PMID: 22425994; PMCID: PMC3345284.
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    21. Role of leucine-rich repeat proteins in the development and function of neural circuits. Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol. 2011; 27:697-729. de Wit J, Hong W, Luo L, Ghosh A. PMID: 21740233.
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    22. Dendritic tiling through TOR signalling. EMBO J. 2009 Dec 16; 28(24):3783-4. Hong W, Luo L. PMID: 20010972; PMCID: PMC2797063.
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    23. Leucine-rich repeat transmembrane proteins instruct discrete dendrite targeting in an olfactory map. Nat Neurosci. 2009 Dec; 12(12):1542-50. Hong W, Zhu H, Potter CJ, Barsh G, Kurusu M, Zinn K, Luo L. PMID: 19915565; PMCID: PMC2826190.
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    24. Conserved amphiphilic feature is essential for periplasmic chaperone HdeA to support acid resistance in enteric bacteria. Biochem J. 2008 Jun 01; 412(2):389-97. Wu YE, Hong W, Liu C, Zhang L, Chang Z. PMID: 18271752.
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    25. Periplasmic protein HdeA exhibits chaperone-like activity exclusively within stomach pH range by transforming into disordered conformation. J Biol Chem. 2005 Jul 22; 280(29):27029-34. Hong W, Jiao W, Hu J, Zhang J, Liu C, Fu X, Shen D, Xia B, Chang Z. PMID: 15911614.
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