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Yashar Kalani


Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Developmental Neuroscience
Molecular Neuroscience
Cellular Neuroscience
Neurobiology of Disease




B.S., M.S. 2002, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S., Ph.D. 2004, California Institute of Technology; M.D. 2008, Stanford University School of Medicine; Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2009, HHMI/Stanford University School of Medicine


Wnt signaling and the Neurovascular Unit, Blood Brain Barrier Biology, Stem cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Biology of Vascular Malformations, Neurogenetics, extracellular RNAs in Development and Disease


Selected Publications:

Wang, X., et al. (2017) Food-Materials-Based Edible Supercapacitors. Advanced Materials Technologies.

Laurent, L.C., et al. (2015) Meeting Report: Discussions and Preliminary Findings of Extracellular RNA Measurement Methods From Laboratories in the NIH Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium. J. Extracell Vesicles, 4:265333.

Quinn, J.F., et al. (2015) Extracellular RNAs: development as biomarkers of human disease. J Extracell Vesicles, 4:27495.

Lad, E.M., Cheshier, S.H. and Kalani, M.Y. (2009) Wnt-signaling in retinal development and disease. Stem Cells Dev, 18(1):7-16.

Kalani, M.Y., et al. (2009) Embryological development of the human insula and its implications for the spread and resection of insular gliomas. Neurosurg Focus, 27(2):E2.

Cheshier, S.H., Kalani, M.Y., et al. (2009) A neurosurgeon's guide to stem cells, cancer stem cells, and brain tumor stem cells. Neurosurgery, 65(2):237-249; discussion 249-250; quiz N6.

Veeravagu, A., et al. (2008) The cancer stem cell-vascular niche complex in brain tumor formation. Stem Cells Dev, 17(5):859-867.

Nusse, R., et al. (2008) Wnt signaling and stem cell control. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol., 73:59-66.

Kalani, M.Y., et al. (2008) Wnt-mediated self-renewal of neural stem/progenitor cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 105(44):16970-16975.

Jang, S.S., Goddard, 3rd, W.A., and Kalani, M.Y. (2007) Mechanical and transport properties of the poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(acrylic acid) double network hydrogel from molecular dynamic simulations. J Phys Chem B, 111(7):1729-1737.

Kalani, M.Y., et al. (2004) The predicted 3D structure of the human D2 dopamine receptor and the binding site and binding affinities for agonists and antagonists. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 101(11):3815-3820.

Freddolino, P.L., Kalani, M.Y., et al. (2004) Predicted 3D structure for the human beta 2 adrenergic receptor and its binding site for agonists and antagonists. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 101(9):2736-2741.

Black, K.A., et al. (2004) Antibody-catalyzed oxy-cope rearrangement: mechanism and origins of catalysis and stereoselectivity from DFT quantum mechanics and flexible docking. J Am Chem Soc, 126(31):9695-9708.

Khaledy, M.M., Kalani, M.Y., et al. (2003) Origins of boat or chair preferences in the Ireland-Claisen rearrangements of cyclohexenyl esters: a theoretical study. J Org Chem, 68(2):572-577.

Last Updated: 4/18/17