News

Oct. 2, 2017

The group meeting on Oct. 3 is now moved to Oct. 10.


Group meeting schedule

  • 10/10/2017 Vincen, literature report
  • 10/17/2017 Zhen, progress report
  • ...

Sept. 25, 2017

Wei's manuscript on the effects of the R/G editing of GluA2Rflop in GluA1/2R heteromeric channels has been accepted by Nature Scientific Reports.


Sept. 21, 2017

Group gathering at 11:30 am.


Sept. 5, 2017

The article for the FN1040, a 2′-fluoro modified aptamer that inhibits glutamate receptors, is now online at ACS Chem Neurosci.


July 31, 2017

Ph.D. candidate Andrew Wu′s thesis defense.
Location: Life Science Building 2094

Welcome to Our Lab

Research Overview

  The Niu research group is multidisciplinary, combining chemistry, electrophysiology, and molecular biology to solve significant problems in human health. The Niu group is addressing problems associated with drug discovery for targeting glutamate ion channel proteins. These channel proteins are indispensable to brain activities such as learning and memory, and malfunction of these proteins has been implicated in neurological diseases such as ALS, stroke, epilepsy and neuropathic pain. We are working on project areas with broader impact potential, such as structure-function relationship of glutamate ion channels and drug discovery, by developing RNA aptamers and small-molecule regulatory agents (i.e., both positive and negative regulators) as potential drug candidates. RNA hydrogel becomes our latest project stemmed from our discovery that an RNA aptamer discovered in our group is capable of self-assembling into RNA hydrogel!