Audrey Chen, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Keck Science
Areas of Expertise:
Cell and Molecular Biology, Neurobiology

(909) 607-8257
Center Court E1

Office Hours

Tuesdays 1:30pm - 3pmFridays 9:30am - 11am


BIO 43L: Intro Biology 

NEURO 95: Foundations of Neuroscience ​

BIO 148L: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology

BIO 157L: Cell Biology









  • Education
  • Research and Publications
B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology, emphasis Neurobiology, University of California, Berkeley; M.S. Neurobiology, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D. Neurobiology, University of California, Los Angeles; Postdoc Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • Chen A, Singh C, Oikonomou G, Prober DA. 2017. Genetic Analysis of Histamine Signaling in Larval Zebrafish Sleep. eNeuro 4(1): pii: ENEURO.0286-16.2017.

  • Freyberg Z, Sonders MS, Aguilar JI, Hiranita T, Karam CS, Flores J, Pizzo AB, Zhang Y, Farino ZJ, Chen A, Martin CA, Kopajtic TA, Fei H, Hu G, Lin Y-Y, Mosharov EV, McCabe BD, Freyberg R, Wimalasena K, Hsin L-W, Sames D, Krantz DE, Katz JL, Sulzer D, Javitch JA. 2016. Mechanisms of Amphetamine Action Illuminated through Optical Monitoring of Dopamine Synaptic Vesicles in Drosophila Brain. Nat Commun 7:10652.

  • Chen A*, Chiu CN*, Mosser EA, Kahn S, Spence R, Prober DA. 2016. QRFP and Its Receptors Regulate Locomotor Activity and Sleep in Zebrafish. J Neurosci 36(6): 1823-1840. Cover story February 10, 2016.

  • Martin CA, Myers KM, Chen A, Martin NT, Barajas A, Schweizer FE, Krantz DE. 2016. Ziram, a pesticide associated with increased risk for Parkinson’s disease, differentially affects the presynaptic function of aminergic and glutamatergic nerve terminals at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction. Exp Neurol 275, Part1:232-241.

  • Grygoruk A, Chen A, Martin CA, Lawal HO, Fe H, Gutierrez G, Biedermann T, Najibi R, Hadi R, Chouhan AK, Murphy NP, Schweizer FE, Macleod GT, Maidment NT, Krantz DE. 2014. The Redistribution of Drosophila Vesicular Monoamine Transporter Mutants from Synaptic Vesicles to Large Dense-Core Vesicles Impairs Amine-Dependent Behaviors. J Neurosci 34(20): 6924-6937.

  • Chen A, Ng F, Lebestky T, Grygoruk A, Djapri C, Lawal HO, Zaveri HA, Mehanzel F, Najibi R, Seidman G, Murphy NP, Kelly RL, Ackerson LC, Maidment NT, Jackson FR, Krantz DE. 2013. Dispensable, redundant, complementary and cooperative roles for dopamine, octopamine and serotonin in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics 193(1):159-76.

  • Grygoruk A, Fei H, Daniels RW, Miller BR, Chen A, DiAntonnio A, Krantz DE. 2010. Vesicular neurotransmitter transporter trafficking in vivo: moving from cells to flies. Fly 4(4):302-305.

  • Fei H, Chow DM, Chen A, Romero-Calderon R, Ong WS, Ackerson LC, Maidment NT, Simpson JH, Frye MA, Krantz DE. 2010. Mutation of the Drosophila vesicular GABA transporter disrupts visual figure detection. J Exp Biol 213: 1717-1730.

  • Fei H, Grygoruk A, Brooks ES, Chen A, Krantz DE. 2008. Trafficking of Vesicular Neurotransmitter Transporters. Traffic 9: 1425-1436.