Dr Jung, Sangyong

    Group Leader, 

    VIP program/NMNC (Neuro Modulator and Neuro Circuitry), SBIC






Sangyong Jung obtained his Ph.D. degree from Dep. of Physiology and Biophysics, school of medicine, Inha university, South Korea. During his postdoctroal training, he studied on synaptic plasticity at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea (2005) and at Max Planck Institut-Experimental Medizine (MPI-EM), Germany (2009). He studied about physiological functions and ultrastructure in ribbon synapse of sensory organ (inner ear) at Synaptic Nanophysiology, Max Planck Institut-Biochemie (MPI-BPC) and Institute for Auditory Neuroscience (InnerEar Lab), University of Göttingen in Germany (2012). He joined the JCO VIP project as a group leader of Neuromodulation and Neurocircuitriy (NMNC) group, Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), A*STAR, and as an Adjunct Assistant Prof. at Department of Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2016.

Research interests

His projects aim at discovering novel metabolites and neuronal circuitries which regulate feeding behaviors and metabolic inflammations in the brain.

·         Mapping neuronal circuits and identifing the novel metabolites which modulate the feeding behaviours

·         Discovering the underlying molecular mechanismes which encode feeding behaviors in the hypothalamus or other brain areas.

·         Roles of astrocytes and microglia in controlling the feeding behaviors or metabolic inflammation in health and disease.

·         Precise spatio-temporal restoration of the hearing impairment via adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery


Representative publications

1. Sangyong Jung, Tanja Maritzen, Caroline Wichmann, Zhizi Jing, Andreas Neef, Natalia H. Revelo, Hanan Al-Moyed, Sandra Meese, Sonja M. Wojcik, Iliana Panou, Haydar Bulut, Peter Schu, Ralf Ficner, Ellen Reisinger, Silvio O. Rizzoli, Jakob Neef, Nicola Strenzke, Volker Haucke and Tobias Moser. (2015) Disruption of adaptor protein 2µ (AP-2µ) in cochlear hair cells impairs vesicle reloading of synaptic release sites and hearing. EMBO J, (#Equal contribution)

2. S. Jung, T. Oshima-Takago, R. Chakrabarti, M.M. Picher, A.B. Wong, Z. Jing, A.-M. Oprisoreanu, F. Göttfert, S. Michanksi, F. Predoehl, K. Michel, Tina Pangršič-Vilfan, S. M. Hell,  S. Schoch, N. Strenzke, C. Wichmann and T. Moser. (2015) Rab interacting molecule 2α (RIM2α) regulates CaV1.3 Ca2+ channels and synaptic vesicle tethering at hair cell active zones. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. (#Equal contribution)

3. Andrea Burgalossi, Sangyong Jung, Kwun-nok Mimi Man, Ramya Nair, Wolf J Jockusch, Sonja M Wojcik, Nils Brose & Jeong-Seop Rhee, (2012) Analysis of neurotransmitter release mechanisms by photolysis of caged Ca² in an autaptic neuron culture system. Nature Protocols

4. Andrea Burgalossi, Sangyong Jung, Guido Meyer, Wolf J. Jockusch, Olaf Jahn, Holger Taschenberger, Vincent M. O'Connor, Tei-ichi Nishiki, Masami Takahashi, Nils Brose, Jeong-Seop Rhee, (2010) SNARE Protein Recycling by αSNAP and βSNAP Supports Synaptic Vesicle Priming. Neuron.

5. Jung SY, Kim J, Kwon OB, Jung JH, An K, Jeong AY, Lee CJ, Choi YB, Bailey CH, Kandel ER, Kim JH. (2010) Input-specific synaptic plasticity in the amygdala is regulated by neuroligin-1 via postsynaptic NMDA receptors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.

6. Kim J*, Jung SY*, Lee YK, Park SK, Choi JS, Lee CJ, Kim HS, Choi YB, Scheiffele. P, Bailey C, Kandel ER, Kim JH. (2008) Neuroligin-1 is required for normal expression of LTP and associative fear memory in the amygdala of adult animals., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 105 (26): 9087-92., (* Equal contribution)