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Jo Qian, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 678-717-2330

Office: Science, Engineering, Tech, 172, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Cell and molecular biology, Fly genetics, Developmental biology, Human anatomy and physiology, Neuroscience

Courses Taught

BIOL 2120K Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2130K Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 3240K Cell Biology
BIOL 4250 Advanced Cell Biology (coming soon!) 


  • Ph.D., Cellular Biology, University of Georgia, 2014
  • B.Sc. , Life Sciences, Shanghai University , 2008

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Qian’s research focuses on using fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism to understand

  • stem cell proliferation and differentiation in tissue homeostasis
  • axonal transport and its role in human neurodegenerative diseases
Potential roles for students include fly genetics, bioinformatics, molecular cloning, immunofluorescence microscopy, Western blotting, and behavior assays.

Dr. Qian is also interested in pedagogical research. Currently, she supervises one UNG student, Kevin O’Donnell, on an educational research project entitled ”Using Mnemonics to Unlock the Power of Memory in Anatomy Class”. She would like to explore if using mnemonics could improve both short-term and long-term knowledge retention in content heavy courses such as Human Anatomy and Physiology.


Davis A, Nguyen H, and Qian J. 2019. Zebrafish Embryos and Bioinformatics: Useful and Marketable Exercises for Students Enrolled in Upper-Level Undergraduate Courses, Eastern Biologist. Special Issue 1:47–63

Qian Y, Ng CL, Schulz C. 2015. CSN maintains the germline cellular microenvironment and controls the level of stem cell genes via distinct CRLs in testes of Drosophila Melanogaster. Developmental Biology 398(1):68-79.

Qian Y, Dominado N, Zoller R, Ng C, et al. 2014. Ecdysone signaling opposes epidermal growth factor signaling in regulating cyst differentiation in the male gonad of Drosophila Melanogaster. Developmental Biology 394(2):217-27.

Hudson A, Parrott BB, Qian Y, Schulz C. 2013. A temporal signature of epidermal growth factor signaling regulates the differentiation of germline cells in testes of Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS One 8(8):e70678.

Ng C, Qian Y, and Schulz C. Notch signaling is required for survival of the germline stem cell lineage in testes of Drosophila melanogaster. (submitted)

Qian Y and Schulz C. comeback - a novel gene regulates germline stem cell daughter proliferation and differentiation in female Drosophila melanogaster. (in preparation)

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