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Wen-Hai Chou

Assistant Professor
Postdoctoral research in Neurology at UCSF

Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


Current Research

Stroke is a potentially devastating neurological disorder with high morbidity and mortality.  Thrombolytic agents such as tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) are currently the only drugs available to reverse acute ischemic stroke, but paradoxically reestablishing of circulation by t-PA may initiate reperfusion injury.  Therefore, treatments that can limit reperfusion injury are urgently needed.  Studies using mouse genetics, experimental stroke models, and selective peptide inhibitors and activators have implicated protein kinase C delta in stroke-induced reperfusion injury, in particular PKC delta expressed in neutrophils (Chou et al., 2004 JCI; Chou & Messing 2005 Trends Cardiovasc Med).  Understanding the molecular and cellular actions of PKC delta in reperfusion injury requires the identification of the unique targets of PKC delta in signaling pathways activated by ischemia and reperfusion.  We have identified several direct substrates of PKC delta using a novel chemical-genetic approach, and are currently characterizing the roles of these PKC delta substrates in stroke-reperfusion injury. 

Selected Publications

Chiang, T., Messing, R.O., and *Chou, W.-H. (2011) Mouse model of middle cerebral artery occlusion. Journal of Visualized Experiments 48 ( (*corresponding author).

Chou, W.-H., Wang, D., McMahon, T., Qi, Z.-H., Song, M., Zhang, C., Shokat, K.M. and Messing, R.O. (2010) GABAA receptor trafficking is regulated by PKC epsilon and the N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor. Journal of Neuroscience 30(42),13955-65.

Chou, W.-H. and Messing, R. O. (2008) Hypertensive encephalopathy and the blood-brain barrier: Is deltaPKC a gatekeeper? Journal of Clinical Investigation 118(1), 17-20.

Chou, W.-H. and Messing, R. O. (2005) Protein kinase C isozymes in stroke. Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine 15(2), 47-51.

Chou, W.-H., Choi, D.-S., Zhang, H., Mu, D., McMahon, T., Kharazia, V. N., Lowell, C. A., Ferriero, D. M. and Messing, R. O. (2004) Neutrophil protein kinase C delta as a mediator of stroke-reperfusion injury. Journal of Clinical Investigation 114(1), 49-56.

Chou, W.-H., Huber, A., Bentrop, J., Schulz, S., Chadwell, L. V., Paulsen, R., and Britt, S. G. (1999) Patterning of the R7 and R8 photoreceptor cells: Evidence for induced and default cell-fate specification. Development 126(4), 607-616.

Chou, W.-H., Hall, K. J., Wilson, D. B., Wideman, C. L., Townson, S. M., Chadwell, L. V., and Britt, S. G. (1996) Identification of a novel Drosophila opsin reveals specific patterning of the R7 and R8 photoreceptor cells. Neuron 17(6), 1101-1115.


Research Areas
  • PKC signaling pathways in stroke
  • GABA(A) receptor trafficking
  • Identification of phosphorylation substrates of protein kinases
  • Molecular and cellular basis of neurological diseases

Society for Neuroscience

American Stroke Association

Wen-Hai Chou
Department of Biological Sciences
Phone: 330-672-2993
Fax: 330-672-3713
Spring 2014
  • BSCI 10001 - 003 Human Biology
  • BSCI 40196 - 026 Individual Investigation
  • BSCI 60491 - 001 Seminar In Physiology
  • BSCI 70196 - 001 Individual Investigation
  • BSCI 70491 - 001 Seminar In Physiology
  • BSCI 80198 - 004 Research
  • BMS 80199 - 002 Dissertation I
Summer 2014
  • BMS 80199 - 101 Dissertation I
  • BMS 80299 - 106 Dissertation Ii
Fall 2014
  • BSCI 10001 - 001 Human Biology
  • BSCI 80199 - 004 Dissertation I