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Huizhong Tao, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentZilkha Neurogenetic Institute
AddressZNI 319, 1501 San Pablo Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 442 2426
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    Synaptic circuitry mechanisms underlying functional development of visual cortex
    NIH/NEI R01EY025722Aug 1, 2015 - Jul 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Inhibitory circuitry mechanisms underlying visual cortical development and plasti
    NIH/NEI R21EY022478May 1, 2012 - Apr 30, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Cortical Synaptic Circuitry Underlying Visual Processing
    NIH/NEI R01EY019049Sep 30, 2008 - Apr 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Receptive field properties of GABAergic neurons in mouse visual cortex
    NIH/NEI R21EY018718Dec 1, 2007 - Nov 30, 2010
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Stimulus-timing-dependent visual cortical plasticity
    NIH/NEI F32EY015019Sep 1, 2003 - Jul 31, 2004
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Chou XL, Wang X, Zhang ZG, Shen L, Zingg B, Huang J, Zhong W, Mesik L, Zhang LI, Tao H. Inhibitory gain modulation of defense behaviors by zona incerta. Nat Commun. 2018 Mar 20; 9(1):1151. PMID: 29559622.
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    2. Zhang GW, Sun WJ, Zingg B, Shen L, He J, Xiong Y, Tao H, Zhang LI. A Non-canonical Reticular-Limbic Central Auditory Pathway via Medial Septum Contributes to Fear Conditioning. Neuron. 2018 Jan 17; 97(2):406-417.e4. PMID: 29290554.
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    3. Liu X, Xiang X, Tao H, Cui Z, Zhang L. [Chemical agents modulating bacterial biofilm formation and development]. Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao. 2017 Sep 25; 33(9):1433-1465. PMID: 28956393.
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    4. Xiang X, Liu X, Tao H, Cui Z, Zhang L. [Progress in c-di-GMP inhibitors]. Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao. 2017 Sep 25; 33(9):1466-1477. PMID: 28956394.
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    5. Fang Q, Tao H. Direction selectivity starts early. Nat Neurosci. 2017 Jun 27; 20(7):899-901. PMID: 28653688.
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    6. Li YT, Fang Q, Zhang LI, Tao H. Spatial Asymmetry and Short-Term Suppression Underlie Direction Selectivity of Synaptic Excitation in the Mouse Visual Cortex. Cereb Cortex. 2017 May 11; 1-12. PMID: 28498898.
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    7. Tao C, Zhang G, Zhou C, Wang L, Yan S, Tao H, Zhang LI, Zhou Y, Xiong Y. Diversity in Excitation-Inhibition Mismatch Underlies Local Functional Heterogeneity in the Rat Auditory Cortex. Cell Rep. 2017 04 18; 19(3):521-531. PMID: 28423316.
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    8. Xu Q, Zhang L, Hao C, Jiang W, Tao H, Sun H, Huang L, Zhou J, Fan L. Prediction of Bronchial Mucus Plugs Formation in Patients with Refractory Mycoplasma Pneumoniae Pneumonia. J Trop Pediatr. 2017 Apr 01; 63(2):148-154. PMID: 27686558.
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    9. Wang D, Wang F, Shi KH, Tao H, Li Y, Zhao R, Lu H, Duan W, Qiao B, Zhao SM, Wang H, Zhao JY. Lower Circulating Folate Induced by a Fidgetin Intronic Variant Is Associated With Reduced Congenital Heart Disease Susceptibility. Circulation. 2017 May 02; 135(18):1733-1748. PMID: 28302752.
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    10. Zingg B, Chou XL, Zhang ZG, Mesik L, Liang F, Tao H, Zhang LI. AAV-Mediated Anterograde Transsynaptic Tagging: Mapping Corticocollicular Input-Defined Neural Pathways for Defense Behaviors. Neuron. 2017 Jan 04; 93(1):33-47. PMID: 27989459.
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    11. Kim YJ, Wang SZ, Tymanskyj S, Ma L, Tao H, Zhang LI. Dcc Mediates Functional Assembly of Peripheral Auditory Circuits. Sci Rep. 2016 Apr 04; 6:23799. PMID: 27040640; PMCID: PMC4819185.
    12. Ibrahim LA, Mesik L, Ji XY, Fang Q, Li HF, Li YT, Zingg B, Zhang LI, Tao H. Cross-Modality Sharpening of Visual Cortical Processing through Layer-1-Mediated Inhibition and Disinhibition. Neuron. 2016 Mar 02; 89(5):1031-45. PMID: 26898778; PMCID: PMC4874809 [Available on 03/02/17].
    13. Li YT, Liu BH, Chou XL, Zhang LI, Tao H. Synaptic Basis for Differential Orientation Selectivity between Complex and Simple Cells in Mouse Visual Cortex. J Neurosci. 2015 Aug 05; 35(31):11081-93. PMID: 26245969; PMCID: PMC4524977.
    14. Kim YJ, Ibrahim LA, Wang SZ, Yuan W, Evgrafov OV, Knowles JA, Wang K, Tao H, Zhang LI. EphA7 regulates spiral ganglion innervation of cochlear hair cells. Dev Neurobiol. 2016 Apr; 76(4):452-69. PMID: 26178595; PMCID: PMC4853368 [Available on 04/01/17].
    15. Xiong XR, Liang F, Zingg B, Ji XY, Ibrahim LA, Tao H, Zhang LI. Auditory cortex controls sound-driven innate defense behaviour through corticofugal projections to inferior colliculus. Nat Commun. 2015 Jun 11; 6:7224. PMID: 26068082.
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    16. Mesik L, Ma WP, Li LY, Ibrahim LA, Huang ZJ, Zhang LI, Tao H. Functional response properties of VIP-expressing inhibitory neurons in mouse visual and auditory cortex. Front Neural Circuits. 2015; 9:22. PMID: 26106301; PMCID: PMC4460767.
    17. Ji XY, Zingg B, Mesik L, Xiao Z, Zhang LI, Tao H. Thalamocortical Innervation Pattern in Mouse Auditory and Visual Cortex: Laminar and Cell-Type Specificity. Cereb Cortex. 2016 06; 26(6):2612-25. PMID: 25979090; PMCID: PMC4869808 [Available on 06/01/17].
    18. Liang F, Xiong XR, Zingg B, Ji XY, Zhang LI, Tao H. Sensory Cortical Control of a Visually Induced Arrest Behavior via Corticotectal Projections. Neuron. 2015 May 06; 86(3):755-67. PMID: 25913860; PMCID: PMC4452020.
    19. Zhou M, Li YT, Yuan W, Tao H, Zhang LI. Synaptic mechanisms for generating temporal diversity of auditory representation in the dorsal cochlear nucleus. J Neurophysiol. 2015 Mar 01; 113(5):1358-68. PMID: 25475349; PMCID: PMC4346730.
    20. Liang F, Bai L, Tao H, Zhang LI, Xiao Z. Thresholding of auditory cortical representation by background noise. Front Neural Circuits. 2014; 8:133. PMID: 25426029; PMCID: PMC4226155.
    21. Li LY, Ji XY, Liang F, Li YT, Xiao Z, Tao H, Zhang LI. A feedforward inhibitory circuit mediates lateral refinement of sensory representation in upper layer 2/3 of mouse primary auditory cortex. J Neurosci. 2014 Oct 08; 34(41):13670-83. PMID: 25297094; PMCID: PMC4188965.
    22. Tao H, Li YT, Zhang LI. Formation of excitation-inhibition balance: inhibition listens and changes its tune. Trends Neurosci. 2014 Oct; 37(10):528-30. PMID: 25248294; PMCID: PMC4189014.
    23. Zhou M, Liang F, Xiong XR, Li L, Li H, Xiao Z, Tao H, Zhang LI. Scaling down of balanced excitation and inhibition by active behavioral states in auditory cortex. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Jun; 17(6):841-50. PMID: 24747575; PMCID: PMC4108079.
    24. Li YT, Liu BH, Chou XL, Zhang LI, Tao H. Strengthening of Direction Selectivity by Broadly Tuned and Spatiotemporally Slightly Offset Inhibition in Mouse Visual Cortex. Cereb Cortex. 2015 Sep; 25(9):2466-77. PMID: 24654259; PMCID: PMC4537420.
    25. Li YT, Chou XL, Tao H. Monocular Deprivation in Mice. Bio Protoc. 2014 Jan 20; 4(2). PMID: 27471734.
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    26. Li LY, Xiong XR, Ibrahim LA, Yuan W, Tao H, Zhang LI. Differential Receptive Field Properties of Parvalbumin and Somatostatin Inhibitory Neurons in Mouse Auditory Cortex. Cereb Cortex. 2015 Jul; 25(7):1782-91. PMID: 24425250; PMCID: PMC4459283.
    27. Xiong XR, Liang F, Li H, Mesik L, Zhang KK, Polley DB, Tao H, Xiao Z, Zhang LI. Interaural level difference-dependent gain control and synaptic scaling underlying binaural computation. Neuron. 2013 Aug 21; 79(4):738-53. PMID: 23972599; PMCID: PMC3755964.
    28. Li YT, Ibrahim LA, Liu BH, Zhang LI, Tao H. Linear transformation of thalamocortical input by intracortical excitation. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Sep; 16(9):1324-30. PMID: 23933750; PMCID: PMC3855439.
    29. Li LY, Li YT, Zhou M, Tao H, Zhang LI. Intracortical multiplication of thalamocortical signals in mouse auditory cortex. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Sep; 16(9):1179-81. PMID: 23933752; PMCID: PMC3844430.
    30. Wang SZ, Ibrahim LA, Kim YJ, Gibson DA, Leung HC, Yuan W, Zhang KK, Tao H, Ma L, Zhang LI. Slit/Robo signaling mediates spatial positioning of spiral ganglion neurons during development of cochlear innervation. J Neurosci. 2013 Jul 24; 33(30):12242-54. PMID: 23884932; PMCID: PMC3721837.
    31. Ma WP, Li YT, Tao H. Downregulation of cortical inhibition mediates ocular dominance plasticity during the critical period. J Neurosci. 2013 Jul 03; 33(27):11276-80. PMID: 23825430; PMCID: PMC3718365.
    32. Sun YJ, Kim YJ, Ibrahim LA, Tao H, Zhang LI. Synaptic mechanisms underlying functional dichotomy between intrinsic-bursting and regular-spiking neurons in auditory cortical layer 5. J Neurosci. 2013 Mar 20; 33(12):5326-39. PMID: 23516297; PMCID: PMC3714095.
    33. Zhou M, Tao H, Zhang LI. Generation of intensity selectivity by differential synaptic tuning: fast-saturating excitation but slow-saturating inhibition. J Neurosci. 2012 Dec 12; 32(50):18068-78. PMID: 23238722; PMCID: PMC3685279.
    34. Li YT, Ma WP, Li LY, Ibrahim LA, Wang SZ, Tao H. Broadening of inhibitory tuning underlies contrast-dependent sharpening of orientation selectivity in mouse visual cortex. J Neurosci. 2012 Nov 14; 32(46):16466-77. PMID: 23152629; PMCID: PMC3548445.
    35. Zhou Y, Mesik L, Sun YJ, Liang F, Xiao Z, Tao H, Zhang LI. Generation of spike latency tuning by thalamocortical circuits in auditory cortex. J Neurosci. 2012 Jul 18; 32(29):9969-80. PMID: 22815511; PMCID: PMC3470470.
    36. Li YT, Ma WP, Pan CJ, Zhang LI, Tao H. Broadening of cortical inhibition mediates developmental sharpening of orientation selectivity. J Neurosci. 2012 Mar 21; 32(12):3981-91. PMID: 22442065; PMCID: PMC3372461.
    37. Zhang LI, Zhou Y, Tao H. Perspectives on: information and coding in mammalian sensory physiology: inhibitory synaptic mechanisms underlying functional diversity in auditory cortex. J Gen Physiol. 2011 Sep; 138(3):311-20. PMID: 21875980; PMCID: PMC3171074.
    38. Liu BH, Li YT, Ma WP, Pan CJ, Zhang LI, Tao H. Broad inhibition sharpens orientation selectivity by expanding input dynamic range in mouse simple cells. Neuron. 2011 Aug 11; 71(3):542-54. PMID: 21835349; PMCID: PMC3154747.
    39. Wu GK, Tao H, Zhang LI. From elementary synaptic circuits to information processing in primary auditory cortex. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2011 Nov; 35(10):2094-104. PMID: 21609731; PMCID: PMC3184206.
    40. Zhang M, Liu Y, Wang SZ, Zhong W, Liu BH, Tao H. Functional elimination of excitatory feedforward inputs underlies developmental refinement of visual receptive fields in zebrafish. J Neurosci. 2011 Apr 06; 31(14):5460-9. PMID: 21471382; PMCID: PMC3095389.
    41. Ma WP, Liu BH, Li YT, Huang ZJ, Zhang LI, Tao H. Visual representations by cortical somatostatin inhibitory neurons--selective but with weak and delayed responses. J Neurosci. 2010 Oct 27; 30(43):14371-9. PMID: 20980594; PMCID: PMC3001391.
    42. Sun YJ, Wu GK, Liu BH, Li P, Zhou M, Xiao Z, Tao H, Zhang LI. Fine-tuning of pre-balanced excitation and inhibition during auditory cortical development. Nature. 2010 Jun 17; 465(7300):927-31. PMID: 20559386; PMCID: PMC2909826.
    43. Zhou Y, Liu BH, Wu GK, Kim YJ, Xiao Z, Tao H, Zhang LI. Preceding inhibition silences layer 6 neurons in auditory cortex. Neuron. 2010 Mar 11; 65(5):706-17. PMID: 20223205; PMCID: PMC2904750.
    44. Liu BH, Li P, Sun YJ, Li YT, Zhang LI, Tao H. Intervening inhibition underlies simple-cell receptive field structure in visual cortex. Nat Neurosci. 2010 Jan; 13(1):89-96. PMID: 19946318; PMCID: PMC2818750.
    45. Wang SZ, Tao H. History matters: illuminating metaplasticity in the developing brain. Neuron. 2009 Oct 29; 64(2):155-7. PMID: 19874782; PMCID: PMC3180909.
    46. Liu BH, Li P, Li YT, Sun YJ, Yanagawa Y, Obata K, Zhang LI, Tao H. Visual receptive field structure of cortical inhibitory neurons revealed by two-photon imaging guided recording. J Neurosci. 2009 Aug 26; 29(34):10520-32. PMID: 19710305; PMCID: PMC2779138.
    47. Wang SZ, Liu BH, Tao H, Xia K, Zhang LI. A genetic strategy for stochastic gene activation with regulated sparseness (STARS). PLoS One. 2009; 4(1):e4200. PMID: 19145242; PMCID: PMC2615212.
    48. Wu GK, Arbuckle R, Liu BH, Tao H, Zhang LI. Lateral sharpening of cortical frequency tuning by approximately balanced inhibition. Neuron. 2008 Apr 10; 58(1):132-43. PMID: 18400169; PMCID: PMC2447869.
    49. Liu BH, Wu GK, Arbuckle R, Tao H, Zhang LI. Defining cortical frequency tuning with recurrent excitatory circuitry. Nat Neurosci. 2007 Dec; 10(12):1594-600. PMID: 17994013; PMCID: PMC2447868.
    50. Liu Y, Zhang LI, Tao H. Heterosynaptic scaling of developing GABAergic synapses: dependence on glutamatergic input and developmental stage. J Neurosci. 2007 May 16; 27(20):5301-12. PMID: 17507553; PMCID: PMC3232185.
    51. Wu GK, Li P, Tao H, Zhang LI. Nonmonotonic synaptic excitation and imbalanced inhibition underlying cortical intensity tuning. Neuron. 2006 Nov 22; 52(4):705-15. PMID: 17114053; PMCID: PMC1764440.
    52. Tao H, Poo MM. Activity-dependent matching of excitatory and inhibitory inputs during refinement of visual receptive fields. Neuron. 2005 Mar 24; 45(6):829-36. PMID: 15797545.
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    53. Zhou Q, Tao H, Poo MM. Reversal and stabilization of synaptic modifications in a developing visual system. Science. 2003 Jun 20; 300(5627):1953-7. PMID: 12817152.
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    54. Engert F, Tao H, Zhang LI, Poo MM. Moving visual stimuli rapidly induce direction sensitivity of developing tectal neurons. Nature. 2002 Oct 03; 419(6906):470-5. PMID: 12368854.
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