ZHOU Kuikui

ZHOU Kuikui

Ph.D., Associate Investigator
Investigating the neural mechanism underlying psychiatric disorders.
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Mental illness has become a major concern of the modern society. Understanding how the brain works and how it is affected by stress and changes in lifestyle, will help us develop treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders. Our lab employs rodent models to study the key molecular and circuitry mechanisms of drug addiction, schizophrenia etc., and to explore effective intervention strategies.


2020-                  Associate investigator, BCBDI

2019-2020          Assistant investigator, BCBDI 

2017-2019          Postdoc, BCBDI

2013-2017          Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Erasmus MC, the Netherlands

2011-2013          Research Master in Neuroscience, Erasmus MC, the Netherlands

2005-2010          Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Selected publications

  1. Zhou, K., Zhu, L., Hou, G., Chen, X., Chen, B., Yang, C*., and Zhu, Y*. (2021). The Contribution of Thalamic Nuclei in Salience Processing. Front Behav Neurosci 15, 634618.
  2. Zhou, K., and Zhu, Y*. (2019). The paraventricular thalamic nucleus: A key hub of neural circuits underlying drug addiction. Pharmacol Res 142, 70-76.
  3. French, C.A#., Vinueza Veloz, M.F#., Zhou, K#., Peter, S#., Fisher, S.E*., Costa, R.M*., and De Zeeuw, C.I. (2019). Differential effects of Foxp2 disruption in distinct motor circuits. Mol Psychiatry 24, 447-462.
  4. Gutierrez-Castellanos, N., Da Silva-Matos, C.M., Zhou, K., Canto, C.B., Renner, M.C., Koene, L.M.C., Ozyildirim, O., Sprengel, R., Kessels, H.W.*, and De Zeeuw, C.I. (2017). Motor Learning Requires Purkinje Cell Synaptic Potentiation through Activation of AMPA-Receptor Subunit GluA3. Neuron 93, 409-424.
  5. Vinueza Veloz, M.F#., Zhou, K#., Bosman, L.W., Potters, J.W., Negrello, M., Seepers, R.M., Strydis, C., Koekkoek, S.K., and De Zeeuw, C.I*. (2015). Cerebellar control of gait and interlimb coordination. Brain Struct Funct 220, 3513-3536.
  6. Zhou, K., Wolpert, D.M., and De Zeeuw, C.I*. (2014). Motor systems: reaching out and grasping the molecular tools. Curr Biol 24, R269-271.
  7. Baudouin, S.J., Gaudias, J., Gerharz, S., Hatstatt, L., Zhou, K., Punnakkal, P., Tanaka, K.F., Spooren, W., Hen, R., De Zeeuw, C.I., Vogt, K., and Scheiffele, P*. (2012). Shared synaptic pathophysiology in syndromic and nonsyndromic rodent models of autism. Science 338, 128-132.