University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Erik Ullian, PhD

Erik Ullian, PhD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Physiology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Pediatric Malignancies

Education

University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill, BA, 1991, Biological Science
University California San Francisco, CA, Ph.D., 1997, Neuroscience
Stanford University, Postdoc, 2004, Neurobiology


Professional Experience

  • 1998-2004
    Postdoc, Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University, Ben Barres
  • 2004-2010
    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Physiology, UCSF
  • 2010-present
    Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Physiology, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2001
    Epilepsy training grant award
  • 2002
    Zaffaroni research fellowship in addiction research
  • 2004
    Sandler Award
  • 2005
    Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship
  • 2006
    March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Award
  • 2006
    Research to Prevent Blindness- New Investigator Award
  • 2009
    NIH New Innovator Award
  • 2014
    Walt and Lilly Disney Award for Amblyopia Research, RPB
  • 2015
    Allen Distnguished Investigator Award, Paul G Allen Foundation

Selected Publications

  1. Kelley KW, Ben Haim L, Schirmer L, Tyzack GE, Tolman M, Miller JG, Tsai HH, Chang SM, Molofsky AV, Yang Y, Patani R, Lakatos A, Ullian EM, Rowitch DH. Kir4.1-Dependent Astrocyte-Fast Motor Neuron Interactions Are Required for Peak Strength. Neuron. 2018 Mar 28.
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  2. Cree BAC, Niu J, Hoi KK, Zhao C, Caganap SD, Henry RG, Dao DQ, Zollinger DR, Mei F, Shen YA, Franklin RJM, Ullian EM, Xiao L, Chan JR, Fancy SPJ. Clemastine rescues myelination defects and promotes functional recovery in hypoxic brain injury. Brain. 2018 Jan 01; 141(1):85-98.
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  3. Deshpande A, Yadav S, Dao DQ, Wu ZY, Hokanson KC, Cahill MK, Wiita AP, Jan YN, Ullian EM, Weiss LA. Cellular Phenotypes in Human iPSC-Derived Neurons from a Genetic Model of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cell Rep. 2017 Dec 05; 21(10):2678-2687.
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  4. Krencik R, Seo K, van Asperen JV, Basu N, Cvetkovic C, Barlas S, Chen R, Ludwig C, Wang C, Ward ME, Gan L, Horner PJ, Rowitch DH, Ullian EM. Systematic Three-Dimensional Coculture Rapidly Recapitulates Interactions between Human Neurons and Astrocytes. Stem Cell Reports. 2017 Dec 12; 9(6):1745-1753.
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  5. Yeh E, Dao DQ, Wu ZY, Kandalam SM, Camacho FM, Tom C, Zhang W, Krencik R, Rauen KA, Ullian EM, Weiss LA. Patient-derived iPSCs show premature neural differentiation and neuron type-specific phenotypes relevant to neurodevelopment. Mol Psychiatry. 2017 Nov 21.
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  6. Krejciova Z, Alibhai J, Zhao C, Krencik R, Rzechorzek NM, Ullian EM, Manson J, Ironside JW, Head MW, Chandran S. Human stem cell-derived astrocytes replicate human prions in a PRNP genotype-dependent manner. J Exp Med. 2017 Dec 04; 214(12):3481-3495.
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  7. Retallack H, Di Lullo E, Arias C, Knopp KA, Laurie MT, Sandoval-Espinosa C, Mancia Leon WR, Krencik R, Ullian EM, Spatazza J, Pollen AA, Mandel-Brehm C, Nowakowski TJ, Kriegstein AR, DeRisi JL. Zika virus cell tropism in the developing human brain and inhibition by azithromycin. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 12 13; 113(50):14408-14413.
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  8. Ou Y, Jo RE, Ullian EM, Wong RO, Della Santina L. Selective Vulnerability of Specific Retinal Ganglion Cell Types and Synapses after Transient Ocular Hypertension. J Neurosci. 2016 08 31; 36(35):9240-52.
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  9. Josowitz R, Mulero-Navarro S, Rodriguez NA, Falce C, Cohen N, Ullian EM, Weiss LA, Rauen KA, Sobie EA, Gelb BD. Autonomous and Non-autonomous Defects Underlie Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in BRAF-Mutant hiPSC-Derived Cardiomyocytes. Stem Cell Reports. 2016 09 13; 7(3):355-369.
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  10. Krencik R, van Asperen JV, Ullian EM. Human astrocytes are distinct contributors to the complexity of synaptic function. Brain Res Bull. 2017 03; 129:66-73.
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  11. Etxeberria A, Hokanson KC, Dao DQ, Mayoral SR, Mei F, Redmond SA, Ullian EM, Chan JR. Dynamic Modulation of Myelination in Response to Visual Stimuli Alters Optic Nerve Conduction Velocity. J Neurosci. 2016 06 29; 36(26):6937-48.
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  12. Rooney GE, Goodwin AF, Depeille P, Sharir A, Schofield CM, Yeh E, Roose JP, Klein OD, Rauen KA, Weiss LA, Ullian EM. Human iPS Cell-Derived Neurons Uncover the Impact of Increased Ras Signaling in Costello Syndrome. J Neurosci. 2016 Jan 06; 36(1):142-52.
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  13. Krencik R, Hokanson KC, Narayan AR, Dvornik J, Rooney GE, Rauen KA, Weiss LA, Rowitch DH, Ullian EM. Dysregulation of astrocyte extracellular signaling in Costello syndrome. Sci Transl Med. 2015 May 06; 7(286):286ra66.
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  14. Shen YA, Chen Y, Dao DQ, Mayoral SR, Wu L, Meijer D, Ullian EM, Chan JR, Lu QR. Phosphorylation of LKB1/Par-4 establishes Schwann cell polarity to initiate and control myelin extent. Nat Commun. 2014 Sep 26; 5:4991.
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  15. Molofsky AV, Kelley KW, Tsai HH, Redmond SA, Chang SM, Madireddy L, Chan JR, Baranzini SE, Ullian EM, Rowitch DH. Astrocyte-encoded positional cues maintain sensorimotor circuit integrity. Nature. 2014 May 08; 509(7499):189-94.
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  16. Krencik R, Ullian EM. A cellular star atlas: using astrocytes from human pluripotent stem cells for disease studies. Front Cell Neurosci. 2013; 7:25.
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  17. Hsu R, Schofield CM, Dela Cruz CG, Jones-Davis DM, Blelloch R, Ullian EM. Loss of microRNAs in pyramidal neurons leads to specific changes in inhibitory synaptic transmission in the prefrontal cortex. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2012 Jul; 50(3-4):283-92.
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  18. Molofsky AV, Krencik R, Krenick R, Ullian EM, Ullian E, Tsai HH, Deneen B, Richardson WD, Barres BA, Rowitch DH. Astrocytes and disease: a neurodevelopmental perspective. Genes Dev. 2012 May 01; 26(9):891-907.
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  19. Beaudoin GM, Schofield CM, Nuwal T, Zang K, Ullian EM, Huang B, Reichardt LF. Afadin, a Ras/Rap effector that controls cadherin function, promotes spine and excitatory synapse density in the hippocampus. J Neurosci. 2012 Jan 04; 32(1):99-110.
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  20. Koch SM, Dela Cruz CG, Hnasko TS, Edwards RH, Huberman AD, Ullian EM. Pathway-specific genetic attenuation of glutamate release alters select features of competition-based visual circuit refinement. Neuron. 2011 Jul 28; 71(2):235-42.
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