Last Name

Neema Yazdani

TitlePre-Doctoral Trainee
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
DepartmentPharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
Other Positions
TitlePre-Doctoral Trainee
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
DepartmentProgram in Biomedical Neuroscience

 Awards and Honors

2014-2016Boston University: Transformative Training Program in Addiction Science (TTPAS) Fellowship ($64,000)
2015Boston University: BU Genome Science Institute Research Symposium Award & Talk ($100)
2015Boston University: International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) Travel Award & Talk ($1,500)
2014Boston University: BU Genome Science Institute Research Symposium Poster Award ($100)
2014Boston University: TTPAS Travel Award for Jackson Laboratory “Short Course on Addiction Genetics” ($1,800)
2014Boston University: IBANGS Travel Award ($400)
2013-2014Boston University: NIGMS Training Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology, 5T32GM008541-18 ($31,000
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Laboratory of Addiction Genetics (Advisor: Dr. Camron Bryant), Department of Pharmacology, Boston University, Boston, MA

Graduate student (PhD); 2013-present
• Utilized TALENs gene editing to generate Hnrnph1 & Rufy1 knock-out mice
• Established & managed large-scale mouse breeding colonies for multiple strains
• Developed custom qPCR, PCR, & restriction enzyme-based genotyping protocols
• Mastered open field, elevated plus maze, & conditioned place preference behavioral assessments
• Executed bioinformatic transcriptome & spice variant analyses
• Established & optimized a mouse brain tissue immunohistochemistry pipeline
• Spearheaded interdisciplinary collaborations with local & offsite laboratories
• Mentored undergraduates in various laboratory & behavioral techniques

Department of Biology (Advisor: Dr. Eduardo Macagno), UCSD, La Jolla, CA

Undergraduate researcher & graduate student (M.S.); 2011-2012
• Mastered recombinant DNA techniques including primer design, PCR, restriction enzyme digests, gel electrophoresis, insert-vector ligations & bacterial cloning
• Conducted single-neuron injections & leech embryo dissections
• Delivered expression vectors on gold particles biolistically to neurons in vivo using a gene gun
• Executed neural immunohistology & confocal imaging
• Designed & optimized RNA probes for in situ hybridization of newly discovered Innexin genes

Saier Lab, Department of Biology, Section of Molecular Biology, UCSD, La Jolla, CA

Undergraduate researcher; 2008
• Trained in using NCBI GenBank, BLAST, & ClustalW online programs
• Categorized bacterial monovalent cation transporters by amino acid homology

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
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  1. Kirkpatrick SL, Goldberg LR, Yazdani N, Babbs RK, Wu J, Reed ER, Jenkins DF, Bolgioni AF, Landaverde KI, Luttik KP, Mitchell KS, Kumar V, Johnson WE, Mulligan MK, Cottone P, Bryant CD. Cytoplasmic FMR1-Interacting Protein 2 Is a Major Genetic Factor Underlying Binge Eating. Biol Psychiatry. 2017 May 01; 81(9):757-769. PMID: 27914629.
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  2. Yazdani N, Shen Y, Johnson WE, Bryant CD. Striatal transcriptome analysis of a congenic mouse line (chromosome 11: 50-60Mb) exhibiting reduced methamphetamine sensitivity. Genom Data. 2016 Jun; 8:77-80. PMID: 27222804.
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  3. Bryant CD, Yazdani N. RNA-binding proteins, neural development and the addictions. Genes Brain Behav. 2016 Jan; 15(1):169-86. PMID: 26643147.
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  4. Yazdani N, Parker CC, Shen Y, Reed ER, Guido MA, Kole LA, Kirkpatrick SL, Lim JE, Sokoloff G, Cheng R, Johnson WE, Palmer AA, Bryant CD. Hnrnph1 Is A Quantitative Trait Gene for Methamphetamine Sensitivity. PLoS Genet. 2015 Dec; 11(12):e1005713. PMID: 26658939.
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  5. Baker MW, Yazdani N, Macagno ER. Gap junction-dependent homolog avoidance in the developing CNS. J Neurosci. 2013 Oct 16; 33(42):16673-83. PMID: 24133270.
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  6. Yazdani N, Firme CP, Macagno ER, Baker MW. Expression of a dominant negative mutant innexin in identified neurons and glial cells reveals selective interactions among gap junctional proteins. Dev Neurobiol. 2013 Aug; 73(8):571-86. PMID: 23447124.
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  7. Firme CP, Natan RG, Yazdani N, Macagno ER, Baker MW. Ectopic expression of select innexins in individual central neurons couples them to pre-existing neuronal or glial networks that express the same innexin. J Neurosci. 2012 Oct 10; 32(41):14265-70. PMID: 23055495.
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  8. Kandarian B, Sethi J, Wu A, Baker M, Yazdani N, Kym E, Sanchez A, Edsall L, Gaasterland T, Macagno E. The medicinal leech genome encodes 21 innexin genes: different combinations are expressed by identified central neurons. Dev Genes Evol. 2012 Mar; 222(1):29-44. PMID: 22358128.
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