Mu Yang, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurobiology ( in the Institute for Genomic Medicine and Psychiatry) at CUMC
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Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Neurobiology ( in the Institute for Genomic Medicine and Psychiatry) at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Mouse Neurobehavior Core
  • Associate Research Scientist, Institute for Genomic Medicine


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), University of Hawaii
  • BA, Psychology, Peking University (China)
  • MA, Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), University of Hawaii

Committees, Societies, Councils

  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
  • International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS)
  • International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS)
  • International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)

Honors & Awards

  • Freshman Seminar Teaching Award, UC Davis, 2015
  • Joe P. Tupin Research Award, Department of Psychiatry, UC Davis, 2014
  • National Institute of Health Individual Cash Reward (rating-based) for Excellent Performance, 2011
  • Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation Society for Neuroscience Travel Award, 2010
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Student Internship Mentor Award, 2007-2010
  • International Behavioral Neuroscience Society Conference Travel Award, 2004


The Mouse NeuroBehavior Core (MNBC) was established in March 2017. It is the first centralized mouse behavioral testing facility on the CUMC campus. The MNBC strives to become an intellectual and technical resource for the CUMC Community, as well as investigators at other neuroscience research institutions. Qualified users have access to state-of-the-art behavioral equipment in the 8-room testing suite. We provide full testing service, as well as extensive training to users who want to conduct their own experiments. Our team of experts also provide assistance with breeding, tissue harvesting, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, and publication of results.

The core is fully equipped to test a wide range of behavioral phenotypes in mouse models of CNS diseases, including tests for neonatal development, ultrasonic vocalizations, sensory and motor functions, neurological reflexes, seizure, circadian activity, anxiety and depression-like behaviors, social behaviors, social communication, and complex cognitive functions. We are capable of performing high throughput screening or in-depth analysis, depending on the user’s research need.