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Youngcho Kim, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Neurology

Contact Information

Primary Office
1336 PBDB
169 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242


BS, Biotechnology, The Korea University
PhD, Integrative Biosciences, Neuroscience, Pennsylvania State University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurology, The University of Iowa
Chief Resident, Biology, The University of Texas at El Paso
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology, Pennsylvania State University


Parker, K. L., Kim, Y. C., Kelley, R. M., Nessler, A. J., Chen, K. H., Muller-Ewald, V. A., Andreasen, N. C. & Narayanan, N. S. (2017). Delta-frequency stimulation of cerebellar projections can compensate for schizophrenia-related medial frontal dysfunction. Molecular psychiatry, 22(5), 647-655. PMID: 28348382.

Alberico, S. L., Kim, Y. C., Lence, T. & Narayanan, N. S. (2017). Axial levodopa-induced dyskinesias and neuronal activity in the dorsal striatum. Neuroscience, 343, 240-249. PMID: 27956068.

Kim, Y. C., Miller, A., Lins, L. C., Han, S. W., Keiser, M. S., Boudreau, R. L., Davidson, B. L. & Narayanan, N. S. (2017). RNA Interference of Human a-Synuclein in Mouse. Frontiers in neurology, 8, 13. PMID: 28197125.

Kim, Y. C., Han, S. W., Alberico, S. L., Ruggiero, R. N., De Corte, B., Chen, K. H. & Narayanan, N. S. (2017). Optogenetic Stimulation of Frontal D1 Neurons Compensates for Impaired Temporal Control of Action in Dopamine-Depleted Mice. Current biology : CB, 27(1), 39-47. PMID: 27989675.

Parker, K. L., Kim, Y., Alberico, S. L., Emmons, E. B. & Narayanan, N. S. (2016). Optogenetic approaches to evaluate striatal function in animal models of Parkinson disease. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience, 18(1), 99–107. PMID: 27069384.

Zhang, Q., Kim, Y. C. & Narayanan, N. S. (2015). Disease-modifying therapeutic directions for Lewy-Body dementias. Frontiers in neuroscience, 9, 293. PMID: 26347604.

Kim, Y. C., Alberico, S. L., Emmons, E. & Narayanan, N. S. (2015). New therapeutic strategies targeting D1-type dopamine receptors for neuropsychiatric disease. Frontiers in biology, 10(3), 230-238. PMID: 28280503.

Kim, Y., Lee, H., Lim, J. & Han, K. (2013). Appetitive learning requires the alpha1-like octopamine receptor OAMB in the Drosophila mushroom body neurons. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 33(4), 1672–7. PMID: 23345239.

Han, K., Kim, Y. (2010). Courtship behavior: the right touch stimulates the proper song. Current biology : CB, 20(1), R25–8. PMID: 20152141.

Lebestky, T., Chang, J. C., Dankert, H., Zelnik, L., Kim, Y., Han, K., Wolf, F. W., Perona, P. & Anderson, D. J. (2009). Two different forms of arousal in Drosophila are oppositely regulated by the dopamine D1 receptor ortholog DopR via distinct neural circuits. Neuron, 64(4), 522–36. PMID: 19945394.

Makos, M. A., Kim, Y., Han, K., Heien, M. L. & Ewing, A. G. (2009). In vivo electrochemical measurements of exogenously applied dopamine in Drosophila melanogaster. Analytical chemistry, 81(5), 1848–54. PMID: 19192966.

Lee, H., Kim, Y., Dunning, J. S. & Han, K. (2008). Recurring ethanol exposure induces disinhibited courtship in Drosophila. PloS one, 3(1), e1391. PMID: 18167550.

Kim, Y., Lee, H. & Han, K. (2007). D1 dopamine receptor dDA1 is required in the mushroom body neurons for aversive and appetitive learning in Drosophila. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 27(29), 7640–7. PMID: 17634358.

Kim, Y., Lee, H. & Han, K. (2007). Classical reward conditioning in Drosophila melanogaster. Genes, brain, and behavior, 6(2), 201–7. PMID: 16740144.

Park, D., Han, M., Kim, Y., Han, K. & Taghert, P. H. (2004). Ap-let neurons–a peptidergic circuit potentially controlling ecdysial behavior in Drosophila. Developmental biology, 269(1), 95–108. PMID: 15081360.

Lee, H., Seong, C., Kim, Y., Davis, R. L. & Han, K. (2003). Octopamine receptor OAMB is required for ovulation in Drosophila melanogaster. Developmental biology, 264(1), 179–90. PMID: 14623240.

Kim, Y., Lee, H., Seong, C. & Han, K. (2003). Expression of a D1 dopamine receptor dDA1/DmDOP1 in the central nervous system of Drosophila melanogaster. Gene expression patterns : GEP, 3(2), 237–45. PMID: 12711555.