Professor/Vice Chair for Research
5322 PBDB
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Samuel M. Young, Jr. PhD is a Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and the Director of Molecular Auditory Research in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. He is also a member of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, Aging Mind Brain Initiative, and Pappajohn Biomedical Institute

Samuel M. Young, Jr. joined the University of Iowa in 2017. Prior to that he was the Max Planck Research Group Leader of Research Group-Molecular Mechanisms for Synaptic Function at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (2010-2017).

Dr. Young conducted his postdoctoral work where he focused on the mechanisms of synaptic vesicle release and fusion and the development of viral vectors for neuronal transduction under the direction of Charles F. Stevens, MD. PhD at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (2000-2004) in the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratories. He carried out further postdoctoral work that was focused on the molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission and plasticity under the direction of Erwin Neher at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in the Department of Membrane Biophysics (2004-2009) in Goettingen, Germany.

He carried out his doctoral work which was centered on the characterization of Adeno-associated virus type-2 site specific recombination under the direction of R. Jude Samulski, PhD at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1996-2000) in the Gene Therapy Center while enrolled in the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology program. Dr. Young completed his undergraduate at Princeton University, graduating in 1996 with an A.B in Molecular Biology where he carried his senior thesis research on p53 cell cycle control under the direction of Arnold J. Levine, PhD.