Yanhua Huang, PhD
Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Wang Y, Liu Z, Cai L, Guo R, Dong Y, Huang YH (2020) A Critical Role of Basolateral Amygdala to Nucleus Accumbens Projection in Sleep Regulation of Reward Seeking. Biological Psychiatry [Epub ahead of print].
- Ge F, Mu P, Guo R, Cai Li, Liu Z, Dong Y, Huang YH (2019) Chronic sleep fragmentation enhances habenula cholinergic neural activity. Mol Psychiatry [Epub ahead of print].
- Liu Z, Wang Y, Cai Li, Li Yizhi, Chen B, Dong Y, Huang YH (2016) Prefrontal cortex to accumbens projections in sleep regulation of reward. J Neurosci 36: 7897-7910 *Featured article.
- Chen B, Wang Y, Liu X, Liu Z, Dong Y, Huang YH (2015) Sleep regulates incubation of cocaine craving. J Neurosci 35: 13300-13310. *Featured article.
- Huang YH, Lin Y, Mu P, Lee BR, Brown TE, Wayman G, Marie H, Liu W, Yan Z, Sorg BA, Schlter OM, Zukin RA, Dong Y (2009) In vivo cocaine experience generates silent synapses. Neuron 63:40-47.
Biological Psychiatry: Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Engages Melanin-Concentrating Hormone Neurons to Reduce Cocaine Seeking
Substance use relapse is a major barrier in treating substance use disorders. Withdrawal from substance use often causes sleep disruptions, which can aggravate withdrawal symptoms and increase the likelihood of relapse. A group of investigators, including Pitt Psychiatry scientists Rong Guo, PhD (Scientist, Allen Institute; former Pitt Psychiatry postdoctoral scholar), Yao Wang, PhD (Research Assistant Professor of...
The Department of Psychiatry’s 20th Annual Research Day
The 20th annual Department of Psychiatry Research Day on June 9, 2022, represented a joyful reunion for more than 400 faculty members, trainees, and staff, who had not attended a large in-person event together since 2019. The morning session featured 110 posters at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. In the afternoon, attendees gathered across the street at the University...
Biological Psychiatry: Astrocyte Molecular Clock Function in the Nucleus Accumbens Is Important for Reward-Related Behavior
Individuals with substance use disorders have disrupted circadian and sleep/wake rhythms, and growing evidence suggests a bidirectional relationship between circadian rhythm disruption and substance abuse. Notably, circadian clocks are integral to the modulation of reward behaviors, and astrocytes—a highly abundant glial cell type that contains a circadian molecular clock—have emerged as key regulators of circadian...
Bridgeside Labs Addiction Research: Molecular Psychiatry, The Journal of Neuroscience, & Psychopharmacology
The Huang, McClung, and Torregrossa Labs at the University of Pittsburgh’s Bridgeside Point II facility are part of the Department of Psychiatry’s Translational Neuroscience Program, which seeks to understand the neurobiological basis for complex human cognitive and emotional functions, and the manner in which alterations in the brain give rise to the types of disturbances in these functions that characterize...