Qizhi Gong

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Cell Biology & Human Anatomy

Offices and Labs

3418 Tupper Hall


1994 PhD Cell Biology University of Cincinnati
1986 BS Biology Peking University

Research Interests

Brain development is a finely orchestrated process. Transient abnormalities, such as delayed or excessive growth of axons and dendrites in neurons can have a prolonged impact in the formation of functional connections. Early postnatal stages are critical periods, in which both intrinsic genetic programs and sensory experience participate in the formation and refinement of functional circuitry. My lab uses mouse olfactory system as a model to study the molecular mechanisms of neuronal network formation and plasticity. Using a combination of cell biological, genetic and molecular biological approaches, we are focused on studying molecules that regulate olfactory sensory axon growth and guidance, mitral cell dendritic differentiation and olfactory circuitry formation.

Department and Center Affiliations

Center for Neurosciences


Association for Chemoreception Sciences
Society for Neuroscience

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Specialties / Focus

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Neurobiology


NSC 201 Neuroanatomy (Fall)
MCB 255 Molecular Mechanisms of Animal Development (Spring)
CHA 400 Developmental, Gross and Radiographic Anatomy (Fall)


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  • Gong Q, and MT Shipley. 1995. Evidence that pioneer olfactory axons regulate telencephalon cell cycle kinetics to induce the formation of the olfctory bulb.. Neuron. 14:91-101
  • Gong Q, Rangarajan R, Seeger M, and U Gaul. 1999. The netrin receptor frazzled is required in the target for establishemnt of retinal projections in the Drosophila visual system.. Development. 126:1451-1456
  • Rangarajan R, Gong Q, and U Gaul. 1999. Migration and function of glia in the developing Drosophila eye.. Development. 126:3285-3292
  • Chen H. Dadsetan S. Fomina A.F. and Gong Q. (2008) Expressing exogenous functional odorant receptors in cultured olfactory sensory neurons. Neural Dev 3:22
  • Chen H. Kohno K. and Gong Q. (2005) Conditional ablation of mature olfactory sensory neurons mediated by diphtheria toxin receptor. J Neurocytology 34: 37-47
  • Cheng TW, and Gong Q (2009) Secreted TARSH regulates olfactory mitral cell dendritic complexity. Eur J Neurosci 29: 1083-1095.
  • Lee W. Cheng T.W. and Gong Q. (2008) Olfactory sensory neuron specific and sexually dimorphic expression of protocadherin 20. J Comp Neurol 507(1): 1076-86.
  • Tran H. Chen H. Walz A. Posthumus J.C. and Gong Q. (2008) Influence of olfactory epithelium on mitral/tufted cell dendritic outgrowth. PLoS One 3(11): e3816 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003816.