Curriculum Vitae

Work experience

2020-now Acting Instructor, University of Washington, Seattle, US (PI: Nick Steinmetz)

2016-2019 Postdoctoral Training Fellow, the Francis Crick Institute, UK (PI: Ede Rancz)

2014-2015 Research Associate, Anaesthesia, sleep and pain group, Imperial College London, UK

(PI: William Wisden, Nick Franks)


2010-2014 PhD in Neuroscience, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, UK

Supervisors: Stephen Brickley, William Wisden, Kenneth Harris

2006-2010 Awarded BA in Life Sciences at Harbin Institute of Technology, China

2003-2006 Linchuan No.1 Middle School, Jiangxi Province, China

Other Training

2011. MIT-Imperial summer school

2008-2009 one-year student exchange programme at University of Korea, South Korea

Publication list

First author publications

Ye Z, Yu X, Houston CM, Aboukhalil Z, Franks NP, Wisden W, Brickley SG (2017) Fast and slow inhibition in the visual thalamus is influenced by allocating GABAA receptors with different g subunits. Front Cell Neurosci 11:95. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2017.00095.

Jager P*, Ye Z*, Yu X, Zagoraiou L, Prekop HT, Partanen J, Jessell TM, Wisden W, Brickley SG, Delogu A. (2016) Tectal-derived interneurons contribute to phasic and tonic inhibition in the visual thalamus. Nat Commun. 7:13579. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13579.

Uygun DS*, Ye Z*, Zecharia AY, Harding EC, Yu X, Yustos R, Vyssotski AL, Brickley SG, Franks NP, Wisden W. (2016) Bottom-Up versus Top-Down Induction of Sleep by Zolpidem Acting on Histaminergic and Neocortex Neurons. J Neurosci.36(44):11171-11184. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3714-15.2016

Yu X*, Ye Z*, Houston CM, Zecharia AY, Ma Y, Zhang Z, Uygun DS, Parker S, Vyssotski AL, Yustos R, Franks NP, Brickley SG, Wisden W. (2015) Wakefulness Is Governed by GABA and Histamine Cotransmission. Neuron, 87(1), 164-178. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.06.003

Ye Z, McGee TP, Houston CM, Brickley SG. (2013) The contribution of delta subunit-containing GABAA receptors to phasic and tonic conductance changes in cerebellum, thalamus and neocortex. Front Neural Circuits, 7, 203. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2013.00203

* Co-first author

Other publications

Racz R, Kollo M, Racz G, Bulz C, Ackels T, Warner T, Wray W, Kiskin N, Chen C, Ye Z, Hoz L, Rancz E, Schaefer A (2019) jULIEs: extracellular probes for recordings and stimulation in the structurally and functionally intact mouse brain. bioRxiv, doi:

Steinmetz NA, Aydin C, Lebedeva A, Okun M, Pachitariu M, Bauza M, Beau M, Bhagat J, Böhm C, Broux M, Chen S, Colonell J, Gardner RJ, Karsh B, Kostadinov D, Mora-Lopez C, Park J, Putzeys J, Sauerbrei B, van Daal RJJ, Vollan AZ, Welkenhuysen M, Ye Z, Dudman J, Dutta B, Hantman AW, Harris KD, Lee AK, Moser EI, O’Keefe J, Renart A, Svoboda K, Häusser M, Haesler S, Carandini M, Harris TD (2020) Neuropixels 2.0: A miniaturized high-density probe for stable, long-term brain recordings. bioRxiv, doi:

Harding EC, Yu X, Miao A, Andrews N, Ma Y, Ye Z, Lignos L, Miracca G, Ba W, Yustos R, Vyssotski AL, Wisden W, Franks NP (2018) A Neuronal Hub Binding Sleep Initiation and Body Cooling in Response to a Warm External Stimulus. Curr Biol, 28(14):2263-2273.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.054.

Gelegen C, Miracca G, Ran MZ, Harding EC, Ye Z, Yu X, Tossell K, Houston CM, Yustos R, Hawkins ED, Vyssotski AL, Dong HL, Wisden W, Franks NP (2018) Excitatory Pathways from the Lateral Habenula Enable Propofol-Induced Sedation. Curr Biol, 28(4):580-587.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.12.050.

Zhang Z, Ferretti V, Güntan İ, Moro A, Steinberg EA, Ye Z, Zecharia AY, Yu X, Vyssotski AL, Brickley SG, Yustos R, Pillidge ZE, Harding EC, Wisden W, Franks NP. (2015) Neuronal ensembles sufficient for recovery sleep and the sedative actions of alpha2 adrenergic agonists. Nat Neurosci, 18(4), 553-561. doi: 10.1038/nn.3957

Zecharia AY, Yu X, Götz T, Ye Z, Carr DR, Wulff P, Bettler B, Vyssotski AL, Brickley SG, Franks NP, Wisden W. (2012) GABAergic inhibition of histaminergic neurons regulates active waking but not the sleep-wake switch or propofol-induced loss of consciousness. J Neurosci, 32(38), 13062-13075. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2931-12.2012


2010-2014 UK-China Scholarship for Excellence