Research Funding

  • December 1, 1977 - June 30, 2024 - P30 - Core Grant for Vision Research , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: P30EY002162
  • April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2021 - Developing astrocyte, neuron, and microglial 3D organoids to model key aspects of human pathology , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R03AG063157
  • December 20, 2012 - November 30, 2015 - Investigating Astrocyte Diversity and Function in Midbrain Dopaminergic Circuits , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01MH099595
  • September 30, 2009 - June 30, 2014 - THE ROLE OF ASTROCYTES IN PLASTICITY AND DISEASE. , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: DP2OD006507

Education

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

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. Andrews MG, Mukhtar T, Eze UC, Simoneau CR, Ross J, Parikshak N, Wang S, Zhou L, Koontz M, Velmeshev D, Siebert CV, Gemenes KM, Tabata T, Perez Y, Wang L, Mostajo-Radji MA, de Majo M, Donohue KC, Shin D, Salma J, Pollen AA, Nowakowski TJ, Ullian E, Kumar GR, Winkler EA, Crouch EE, Ott M, Kriegstein AR. Tropism of SARS-CoV-2 for human cortical astrocytes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 07 26; 119(30):e2122236119.  View on PubMed
  2. Tsai NY, Wang F, Toma K, Yin C, Takatoh J, Pai EL, Wu K, Matcham AC, Yin L, Dang EJ, Marciano DK, Rubenstein JL, Wang F, Ullian EM, Duan X. Trans-Seq maps a selective mammalian retinotectal synapse instructed by Nephronectin. Nat Neurosci. 2022 05; 25(5):659-674.  View on PubMed
  3. Magill ST, Vasudevan HN, Seo K, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Choudhury A, John Liu S, Pekmezci M, Findakly S, Hilz S, Lastella S, Demaree B, Braunstein SE, Bush NAO, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, Sneed PK, Abate AR, Berger MS, McDermott MW, Lim DA, Ullian EM, Costello JF, Raleigh DR. Multiplatform genomic profiling and magnetic resonance imaging identify mechanisms underlying intratumor heterogeneity in meningioma. Nat Commun. 2020 09 23; 11(1):4803.  View on PubMed
  4. Zhang J, Velmeshev D, Hashimoto K, Huang YH, Hofmann JW, Shi X, Chen J, Leidal AM, Dishart JG, Cahill MK, Kelley KW, Liddelow SA, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Walther TC, Farese RV, Taylor JP, Ullian EM, Huang B, Debnath J, Wittmann T, Kriegstein AR, Huang EJ. Neurotoxic microglia promote TDP-43 proteinopathy in progranulin deficiency. Nature. 2020 12; 588(7838):459-465.  View on PubMed
  5. Liu SJ, Malatesta M, Lien BV, Saha P, Thombare SS, Hong SJ, Pedraza L, Koontz M, Seo K, Horlbeck MA, He D, Birk HS, Jain M, Olsen HE, Akeson M, Weissman JS, Monje M, Gupta N, Raleigh DR, Ullian EM, Lim DA. CRISPRi-based radiation modifier screen identifies long non-coding RNA therapeutic targets in glioma. Genome Biol. 2020 03 31; 21(1):83.  View on PubMed
  6. Bayraktar OA, Bartels T, Holmqvist S, Kleshchevnikov V, Martirosyan A, Polioudakis D, Ben Haim L, Young AMH, Batiuk MY, Prakash K, Brown A, Roberts K, Paredes MF, Kawaguchi R, Stockley JH, Sabeur K, Chang SM, Huang E, Hutchinson P, Ullian EM, Hemberg M, Coppola G, Holt MG, Geschwind DH, Rowitch DH. Astrocyte layers in the mammalian cerebral cortex revealed by a single-cell in situ transcriptomic map. Nat Neurosci. 2020 04; 23(4):500-509.  View on PubMed
  7. de Majo M, Koontz M, Rowitch D, Ullian EM. An update on human astrocytes and their role in development and disease. Glia. 2020 04; 68(4):685-704.  View on PubMed
  8. S John Liu, Martina Malatesta, Kyounghee Seo, Brian Lien, Sung Hong, Mark Koontz, David Raleigh, Erik Ullian, Daniel Lim. GENE-39. CRISPRi-BASED RADIATION MODIFIER SCREEN IDENTIFIES LONG NON-CODING RNA THERAPEUTIC TARGETS IN GLIOMA. Neuro-Oncology. 2019 Nov 11; 21(Supplement_6):vi106-vi106.  View on PubMed
  9. Stephen Magill, Harish Vasudevan, Kyounghee Seo, S John Liu, Stephanie Hilz, Javier Villanueva-Meyer, Abrar Choudhury, Benjamin Demaree, Daniel Lim, Steve Braunstein, Nancy Ann Oberheim-Bush, Erik Ullian, Manish Aghi, Philip Theodosopoulos, Patricia Sneed, Adam Abate, Mitchel Berger, Mike McDermott, Joseph Costello, David Raleigh. TMOD-27. A NEURAL CREST CELL SUBPOPULATION UNDERLIES INTRATUMOR HETEROGENEITY IN MENINGIOMA. Neuro-Oncology. 2019 Nov 11; 21(Supplement_6):vi268-vi268.  View on PubMed
  10. Labelle-Dumais C, Schuitema V, Hayashi G, Hoff K, Gong W, Dao DQ, Ullian EM, Oishi P, Margeta M, Gould DB. COL4A1 Mutations Cause Neuromuscular Disease with Tissue-Specific Mechanistic Heterogeneity. Am J Hum Genet. 2019 05 02; 104(5):847-860.  View on PubMed
  11. Martina Malatesta, John Liu, Leslie Pedraza, Kyounghee Seo, Elizabeth DiLullo, David Raleigh, Arnold Kriegstein, Erik Ullian, Daniel Lim. TMOD-04. TARGETING A GLIOMA SPECIFIC lncRNA IN A HUMAN BRAIN ORGANOID TUMOR MODEL. Neuro-Oncology. 2018 Nov 5; 20(suppl_6):vi269-vi269.  View on PubMed
  12. Rauen KA, Schoyer L, Schill L, Stronach B, Albeck J, Andresen BS, Cavé H, Ellis M, Fruchtman SM, Gelb BD, Gibson CC, Gripp K, Hefner E, Huang WYC, Itkin M, Kerr B, Linardic CM, McMahon M, Oberlander B, Perlstein E, Ratner N, Rogers L, Schenck A, Shankar S, Shvartsman S, Stevenson DA, Stites EC, Stork PJS, Sun C, Therrien M, Ullian EM, Widemann BC, Yeh E, Zampino G, Zenker M, Timmer W, McCormick F. Proceedings of the fifth international RASopathies symposium: When development and cancer intersect. Am J Med Genet A. 2018 12; 176(12):2924-2929.  View on PubMed
  13. 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 04 18; 98(2):306-319.e7.  View on PubMed
  14. 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 01 01; 141(1):85-98.  View on PubMed
  15. 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.  View on PubMed
  16. 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 12 12; 9(6):1745-1753.  View on PubMed
  17. 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. 2018 08; 23(8):1687-1698.  View on PubMed
  18. 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.  View on PubMed
  19. 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.  View on PubMed
  20. 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.  View on PubMed

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