Robert Francis Hunt

Title(s)Associate Professor, Anatomy and Neurobiology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Health Sciences Road
Irvine CA 92697-3950
Phone(949) 824-7079
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    University of KentuckyPhD2010Physiology

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    I have been an active member of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at UC Irvine since joining the faculty in 2015. My lab focuses on conditions of brain development and injury where a treatment does not yet exist. We are creating new models of complex neurological disorders, developing cellular and molecular tools that enable precise manipulation or repair of the brain and recording high-speed dynamics of specialized neurons derived from human stem cells. Our philosophy is to embrace a broad view of neuroscience as we integrate a constellation of molecular, cellular, developmental, electrophysiological and systems-level methods in our work. Ultimately, we hope to discover precisely how the nervous system is changed in neurodevelopmental disorders or by traumatic brain injury, and to use this information to create new therapies. Our research has been funded by NIH, NSF, CIRM, DoD and private sources, including a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Here at UCI, the lab also participates actively in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, Epilepsy Research Center, Center for Autism Research and Translation, Stem Cell Research Center, the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and the Center for Neural Circuit Mapping.
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    Generation of specialized human cell types in the mammalian brain
    NIH R21NS114728Apr 15, 2020 - Mar 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Rewiring the Injured Brain with GABA Progenitors
    NIH R01NS096012Feb 15, 2016 - Mar 31, 2026
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Functional engraftment of stem cell-derived cortical interneurons
    NIH R00NS085046May 1, 2015 - Apr 30, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Functional engraftment of stem cell-derived cortical interneurons
    NIH K99NS085046Sep 20, 2013 - Aug 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Functional integration of inhibitory interneuron progenitors in the adult brain
    NIH F32NS077747Jul 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Regulation of neural stem cell differentiation and brain development by MGAT5-mediated N-glycosylation. Stem Cell Reports. 2023 06 13; 18(6):1340-1354. Yale AR, Kim E, Gutierrez B, Hanamoto JN, Lav NS, Nourse JL, Salvatus M, Hunt RF, Monuki ES, Flanagan LA. PMID: 37172586; PMCID: PMC10277816.
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    2. Conditional deletion of Neurexin-2 alters neuronal network activity in hippocampal circuitries and leads to spontaneous seizures. Transl Psychiatry. 2023 03 20; 13(1):97. Haile MT, Khoja S, de Carvalho G, Hunt RF, Chen LY. PMID: 36941261; PMCID: PMC10027846.
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    3. Brain-wide reconstruction of inhibitory circuits after traumatic brain injury. Nat Commun. 2022 06 14; 13(1):3417. Frankowski JC, Tierno A, Pavani S, Cao Q, Lyon DC, Hunt RF. PMID: 35701434; PMCID: PMC9197933.
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    4. Traumatic brain injury to primary visual cortex produces long-lasting circuit dysfunction. Commun Biol. 2021 11 17; 4(1):1297. Frankowski JC, Foik AT, Tierno A, Machhor JR, Lyon DC, Hunt RF. PMID: 34789835; PMCID: PMC8599505.
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    5. Interneuron Dysfunction in a New Mouse Model of SCN1A GEFS. eNeuro. 2021 Mar-Apr; 8(2). Das A, Zhu B, Xie Y, Zeng L, Pham AT, Neumann JC, Safrina O, Benavides DR, MacGregor GR, Schutte SS, Hunt RF, O'Dowd DK. PMID: 33658306; PMCID: PMC8174035.
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    6. Transplanted interneurons improve memory precision after traumatic brain injury. Nat Commun. 2019 11 14; 10(1):5156. Zhu B, Eom J, Hunt RF. PMID: 31727894; PMCID: PMC6856380.
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    7. Epilepsy Therapy Goes Viral. Epilepsy Curr. 2019 09; 19(5):328-329. Lim BC, Hunt RF. PMID: 31462070; PMCID: PMC6864564.
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    8. Chd2 Is Necessary for Neural Circuit Development and Long-Term Memory. Neuron. 2018 12 05; 100(5):1180-1193.e6. Kim YJ, Khoshkhoo S, Frankowski JC, Zhu B, Abbasi S, Lee S, Wu YE, Hunt RF. PMID: 30344048; PMCID: PMC6479120.
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    9. Selective vulnerability of hippocampal interneurons to graded traumatic brain injury. Neurobiol Dis. 2019 09; 129:208-216. Frankowski JC, Kim YJ, Hunt RF. PMID: 30031783; PMCID: PMC6690377.
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    10. Irritable No More: Activating Mossy Cells for the Treatment of Epilepsy. Epilepsy Curr. 2018 Jul-Aug; 18(4):251-252. Kim YJ, Hunt RF. PMID: 30254523; PMCID: PMC6145380.
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    11. PAFAH1B1 haploinsufficiency disrupts GABA neurons and synaptic E/I balance in the dentate gyrus. Sci Rep. 2017 08 15; 7(1):8269. Dinday MT, Girskis KM, Lee S, Baraban SC, Hunt RF. PMID: 28811646; PMCID: PMC5557934.
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    12. Interneuron Transplantation as a Treatment for Epilepsy. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2015 Dec 01; 5(12). Hunt RF, Baraban SC. PMID: 26627452; PMCID: PMC4665034.
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    13. NPAS1 represses the generation of specific subtypes of cortical interneurons. Neuron. 2014 Dec 03; 84(5):940-53. Stanco A, Pla R, Vogt D, Chen Y, Mandal S, Walker J, Hunt RF, Lindtner S, Erdman CA, Pieper AA, Hamilton SP, Xu D, Baraban SC, Rubenstein JL. PMID: 25467980; PMCID: PMC4258152.
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    14. 14-3-3ε and ζ regulate neurogenesis and differentiation of neuronal progenitor cells in the developing brain. J Neurosci. 2014 Sep 03; 34(36):12168-81. Toyo-oka K, Wachi T, Hunt RF, Baraban SC, Taya S, Ramshaw H, Kaibuchi K, Schwarz QP, Lopez AF, Wynshaw-Boris A. PMID: 25186760; PMCID: PMC4152612.
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    15. Lhx6 directly regulates Arx and CXCR7 to determine cortical interneuron fate and laminar position. Neuron. 2014 Apr 16; 82(2):350-64. Vogt D, Hunt RF, Mandal S, Sandberg M, Silberberg SN, Nagasawa T, Yang Z, Baraban SC, Rubenstein JL. PMID: 24742460; PMCID: PMC4261952.
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    16. Neural circuit mechanisms of post-traumatic epilepsy. Front Cell Neurosci. 2013; 7:89. Hunt RF, Boychuk JA, Smith BN. PMID: 23785313; PMCID: PMC3684786.
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    17. GABA progenitors grafted into the adult epileptic brain control seizures and abnormal behavior. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Jun; 16(6):692-7. Hunt RF, Girskis KM, Rubenstein JL, Alvarez-Buylla A, Baraban SC. PMID: 23644485; PMCID: PMC3665733.
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    18. The devil is in the details: stem cells for the treatment of epilepsy. Epilepsy Curr. 2012 Nov; 12(6):213-5. Hunt RF, Baraban SC. PMID: 23447713; PMCID: PMC3577122.
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    19. LIS1 deficiency promotes dysfunctional synaptic integration of granule cells generated in the developing and adult dentate gyrus. J Neurosci. 2012 Sep 12; 32(37):12862-75. Hunt RF, Dinday MT, Hindle-Katel W, Baraban SC. PMID: 22973010; PMCID: PMC3752080.
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    20. A novel zebrafish model of hyperthermia-induced seizures reveals a role for TRPV4 channels and NMDA-type glutamate receptors. Exp Neurol. 2012 Sep; 237(1):199-206. Hunt RF, Hortopan GA, Gillespie A, Baraban SC. PMID: 22735490; PMCID: PMC3418450.
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    21. Posttraumatic mossy fiber sprouting is related to the degree of cortical damage in three mouse strains. Epilepsy Res. 2012 Mar; 99(1-2):167-70. Hunt RF, Haselhorst LA, Schoch KM, Bach EC, Rios-Pilier J, Scheff SW, Saatman KE, Smith BN. PMID: 22047981; PMCID: PMC3290720.
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    22. Synaptic reorganization of inhibitory hilar interneuron circuitry after traumatic brain injury in mice. J Neurosci. 2011 May 04; 31(18):6880-90. Hunt RF, Scheff SW, Smith BN. PMID: 21543618; PMCID: PMC3102318.
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    23. Regionally localized recurrent excitation in the dentate gyrus of a cortical contusion model of posttraumatic epilepsy. J Neurophysiol. 2010 Mar; 103(3):1490-500. Hunt RF, Scheff SW, Smith BN. PMID: 20089815; PMCID: PMC2887624.
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    24. Posttraumatic epilepsy after controlled cortical impact injury in mice. Exp Neurol. 2009 Feb; 215(2):243-52. Hunt RF, Scheff SW, Smith BN. PMID: 19013458; PMCID: PMC4694635.
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