Dr. Huang’s research interest lies in brain physiology and pathophysiology. Currently
his main focus is on the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, and especially on the
regulation of the NMDA subtype of the glutamate receptors. "NMDA receptors", as they
are called, play critical roles in learning and memory, and in the development of
the brain. As NMDA receptors are also critically important in brain disorders, his
studies have significant implications that extend to a broad range of pathological
processes in the central nervous system, including brain and spinal cord injury, epilepsy,
chronic pain, stroke, Alzheimer disease, and schizophrenia.