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Dr. Susan Yang

Schmid College of Science and Technology; Physics, Biological Sciences
Expertise: Electrophysiology; f-MRI modeling; Bioinformatics; health and pollution; computational and experimental biology/Neuroscience
Office Location: Hashinger Science Center 203
Phone: (714) 289-2043
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Ewha Womans University, Bachelor of Science
George Mason University, Master of Science
George Mason University, Ph.D.



Introduction to Application in Computational Science I and II (BIOL 145)

Research Interests:

Computational and Experimental Biology/Neuroscience
f-MRI modeling
Health and Pollution


Ph.D. George Mason University, VA, Computational Biology/Neuroscience
M.S. George Mason University, VA, Biology/Bioinformatics


Sep, 2008-Present: Professor of Computational Science and Computational Biology
Director of International Science Collaborations
Schmid College of Science and Technology Chapman University

Jan, 2007-Aug 2008: Tenured Associate Professor of College of Science
Director of International Science Collaboration
College of Science, George Mason University

Jan, 2007-Aug 2008: Special Volunteer, Developmental Neurobiology Section
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke(NINDS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dec, 2003-Dec, 2006: Research Fellow, Developmental Neurobiology Section NINDS, NIH

Dec, 2000-Nov, 2003: Post Doctoral Fellow, Computational Biology, Epilepsy Center
Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Professional Society:

Society for Neuroscience, September 1996 - present

Professional Activities:

Editor of The Open Cybernetics and Systemics Journal, Reviews, and Letters (present)

Public Relations:

Nov. 2010 Interviewed by Pat Brennan, science, environment editor at Orange County Register

Nov. 2010 Interviewed by Korean National Newspaper (The Korea Times)

Feb. 2010 Featured as a top-ranked journal on the Infectious Disease portal of the MDLinx website

Feb. 2009 Interviewed by Korean National Newspaper (AP, Yonhap Newspaper)

Dec. 2008 Interviewed by Korean National Newspaper (The Korea Times)

July 2007  Interviewed by Korean National Newspaper (Jungang Ilbo)

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Sultan A, Yang KH, Isaev D, Nebrisi EE, Syed N, Khan N, Howarth CF, Sadek B, Oz M. (June 2017) Thujone inhibits the function of a7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and impairs nicotine-induced memory enhancement in one-trial passive avoidance paradigm. Toxicology. 1;384:23-32.
Oz M, El Nebrisi EG, Yang KH, Howarth FC, Al Kury LT. (July 2017) Cellular and Molecular Targets of Menthol Actions. Front Pharmacol. 8:472.
Menas Kafatos, KeunHang Susan Yang (2016) The Quantum Universe: the Philosophical Foundations and Oriental Medicine. Integrative Medicine Research, Elsevier 5:237-243
Lozon Y, Sultan A, Lansdell SJ, Prytkova T, Sadek B, Yang KH, Howarth FC, Millar NS, Oz M. (2016) Inhibition of Human a7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors by Cyclic Monoterpene Carveol. Eur J Pharmacol. 776: 44-51.
Yang Keun-Hang, Syed M. Nurulain, Frank C. Howart, Murat Oz (2015), CURCUMIN POTENTIATES HUMAN ?7-NICOTINIC ACETYLCHOLINE RECEPTORS, SFN*2015(Suppl.)
Andreas Schilbach, Tatiana Prytkova, Keun-Hang Yang (2015), The Effect of gamma9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, Cannabidiol, Menthol and Propofol on 5-Hydroxytryptamine Type 3 Receptors—A Computational Approach, Computational Neuroscience Meeting, CNS*15 (Suppl.).
Sadek B, Khanian SS, Ashoor A, Prytkova T, Ghattas MA, Atatreh N, Nurulain SM, Yang KH, Howarth FC, Oz M. (2015) Effects of antihistamines on the function of human a7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Eur J Pharmacol. 746:308-316.
Ali RM, Al Kury LT, Yang KH, Qureshi A, Rajesh M, Galadari S, Shuba YM, Howarth FC, Oz M. (2015) Effects of cannabidiol on contractions and calcium signaling in rat ventricular myocytes. Cell Calcium. 57: 290-299.
Murat Oz, Yosra Lozon, Ahmed Sultan, Keun-Hang Susan Yang, Sehamuddin Galadari (2015) Effects of Monoterpenes in Ion Channels of Excitable Cells, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 152:83-97.
Nurulain S, Prytkova T, Sultan AM, Ievglevskyi O, Lorke D, Yang KH, Petroianu G, Howarth FC, Kabbani N, Oz M. (2015) Inhibitory actions of bisabolol on a7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Neuroscience. 306: 91-99.
Al Kury LT, Voitychuk OI, Ali RM, Galadari S, Yang KH, Howarth FC, Shuba YM, Oz M (2014), Effects of endogenous cannabinoid anandamide on excitation-contraction coupling in rat ventricular myocytes, Cell Calcium. 2014 Feb;55(2):104-18. doi: 10.1016/j.ceca.2013.12.005. Epub 2014 Jan 5.
Oz M, Al Kury L, Yang KH, Mahgoub M, Galadari S (2014), Cellular approaches to the interaction between cannabinoid receptor ligands and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, Eur J Pharmacol. 2014 May 15;731:100-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2014.03.010. Epub 2014 Mar 16.
Al Kury LT, Yang KH, Thayyullathil FT, Rajesh M, Ali RM, Shuba YM, Howarth FC, Galadari S, Oz M (2014), Effects of endogenous cannabinoid anandamide on cardiac Na?/Ca²? exchanger, Cell Calcium. 2014 May;55(5):231-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ceca.2014.02.017. Epub 2014 Mar 11.
Al Kury LT, Voitychuk OI, Yang, KH, Thayyullathil FT, Doroshenko P, Ramez AM, Shuba YM, Galadari S, Howarth FC, Oz M (2014), Effects of the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide on voltage-dependent sodium and calcium channels in rat ventricular myocytes, Br J Pharmacol. 2014 Jul;171(14):3485-98. doi: 10.1111/bph.12734.
Al Kury LT, Yang KH, Thayyullathil FT, Rajesh M, Ali RM, Shuba YM, Howarth FC, Galadari S, Oz M. (2014) Effects of endogenous cannabinoid anandamide on cardiac Na+/Ca2+ exchanger. Cell Calcium. 55: 231-237.
Al Kury LT, Voitychuk OI, Ali RM, Galadari S, Yang KH, Howarth FC, Shuba YM, Oz M. (2014) Effects of endogenous cannabinoid anandamide on excitation-contraction coupling in rat ventricular myocytes. Cell Calcium. 55:104-118.
Yang Keun-Hang, D. Lorke, A. Ashoor, S. M. Nurulain, C. F. Howarth, N. Kabbani, M. Oz (2013), Menthol inhibition of human serotonin type 3 receptors expressed in xenopus oocytes, SFN*2013(Suppl.)
Jacob C. Nordman; Daniel Veltri; Keun-Hang Yang; Lina Al Kury; Yaroslav Shuba; Mohamed Mahgoub; Frank C. Howarth; Bassem Sadek; Amarda Shehu; Nadine Kabbani; Murat Oz (2013), Menthol binding and inhibition of a7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, PLOS ONE, 2013 Jul 23;8(7):e67674. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067674.
Mohamed Mahgoub, Keun-Hang Yang , Abrar Ashoor, Nadine Kabbani, Lina Al Kury, Bassem Sadek, Christopher Howarth, Sehamuddin Galadari, Murat Oz (2013), Effects of cannabidiol on the function of & a 7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutic, 2013 Nov 15;720(1-3):310-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2013.10.011. Epub 2013 Oct 18.
Oz M, Lorke DE, Yang Keun-Hang, Petroianu G(2013), On the interaction of ß-amyloid peptides and a7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in Alzheimer disease. Curr. Alzheimer Res. 10: 618-630.
Ashoor A, Nordman J.C., Veltri D., Yang Keun-Hang, Shuba Y., Al Kury L., Sadek B., Howarth FC, Shehu A., Kabbani N., Oz M. (2013), Menthol inhibits 5-HT3 receptor-mediated currents J Pharmacol Exp Ther., , doi:10.1124/jpet.113.203976.
K.-H. S. YANG, M. MAHGOUP, A. ASHOOR, C. F. HOWARTH, S. GALADARI, M. OZ (2012), Effects of cannabidiol on human a7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, SFN*2012(Suppl.)
Al Mansouri AS, Al Mansouri AS, Lorke DE, Nurulain SM, Ashor A, Yang Keun-Hang, Petroianu G, Isaev D, Oz M (2012), Methylene Blue Inhibits the Function of a7-Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors, CNS Neurolo Disord Drug Targets, 11:791-800.
Abrar Ashoor, Dietrich E. Lorke, Syed M. Nurulain, Lina Al Kury, Georg Petroianu, Yang Keun-Hang, and Oz Murat. (2011), “Effects of Phenothiazine Class Antipsychotics on the Funtion of alpha7-Nocptomoc Acetylcholine Receptors”, European Journal of Pharmacology, 673 (Issues 1-3):25-32.
Yang Keun-Hang, D. Isaev, M. Morales, G. Petroianu, S. Galadari, Oz M. (2010), “The effect of ?9-tetrahydrocannabinol on 5-HT3 receptors depends on the current density”, Neuroscience, 171:41-49.
Yang Keun-Hang, Sehamuddin Galadari, Marisela Morales, Toni S. Shippenberg, and Oz Murat(2010), “The Nonpsychoactive Cannabinoid Cannabidiol Inhibits Human 5-HT3 Receptor-Mediated Currents in Xenopus Oocytes”, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutic, 333:547-554.
Prasad Anuup. K., Yang Keun-Hang, El-Askary Hesham. Menas., Kafatos M (2009) "Melting of major Glaciers in the western Himalayas: evidence of climatic changes from long term MSU derived tropospheric temperature trend (1979 - 2008)", Ann. Geophys.
Oz Murat, Yang Keun-Hang, Renaud Leo P, O’Donovan Michael J. (2007) Cholecystokinin B type receptors mediate a G protein-dependent depolarizing action of cholecystokinin (CCK-8s) on rodent neonatal spinal ventral horn neurons. Journal of Neurophysiology, 98(3):1108-14.
Oz Murat, Yang Keun-Hang, Dinc M, Shippenberg TS. (2007) The Endogenous Cannabinoid Anandamide inhibits cromakalim-activated K+ currents in follicle-enclosed xenopus oocytes. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 323(2):547-54.