Dr. Jyh-Lyh Juang


Jyh-Lyh(Jerry) Juang, Ph.D.

Institute of Molecular and Genomic Medicine


Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1993)
M.S., Entomology, National Taiwan University (1985)
B.S., Entomology, National Chung-Hsing University (1983)


2009-current   Investigator; Institute of Molecular and Genomic Medicine, NHRI

2009-current Joint Appointment Professor, Biotechnology Center, National Chung Hsing University

2009-current   Joint Appointment Professor, Graduate Institute of Basic Medical Science, China Medical University

2011-current   Adjunct Professor, Institute of Molecular & Cellular Biology, National Taiwan University

2012-current   Joint Appointment Professor; Graduate Institute of Life Sciences, National Defense Medical Center

2004-2009     Associate investigator; Division of Molecular and Genomic Medicine, NHRI

1997-2012     Adjunct Associate Professor; Graduate Institute of Life Sciences, National Defense Medical Center

1997-2004     Assistant investigator; Division of Molecular and Genomic Medicine, NHRI

1993-1997     Research Associate; McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, U.S.A.


Research Description:

Dr. Juang’s research uses Drosophila genetics combined with mouse and cell line models to explore molecular mechanisms and potential therapies for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). His current research interests focus on two areas: one in inter-organ crosstalk in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and the other in AD and metabolic dysfunction. For inter-organ crosstalk, they investigate how signaling cues initiated by adverse environmental or cellular factors in one organ play a role in impacting the brain to cause AD. For instance, they demonstrated that the gut-brain axis is a fundamental factor contributing to the development of AD. For AD and metabolic dysfunction, they discovered that beta amyloid plays an important role in modulating metabolic pathways in peripheral organs, by which the brain’s metabolism and immune function are intimately connected with peripheral organs during the development of AD. They attempt to explore novel therapeutics for AD based on the mechanistic findings.

Primary Thematic Area:

Drosophila Genetics

Secondary Thematic Area:

Alzheimer’s disease

Research Summary:

Molecular understanding of Alzheimer’s disease



Immunological cross talks between gut and other organs in the body

Immunological cross-talk between organs helps maintain the homeostasis of immune responses, thereby, enhancing immune protection of the host. For instance, when intestines are infected with harmful microbes, it not only would hamper intestinal health, but also trigger immunological reactions in other organs. Yet, the molecular mechanisms underlying the immunological communication remain unclear. Drosophila shares a similar innate immune system with humans and is an excellent genetic model system for studying inter-organ communication. Dr. Juang’s lab found that after the gut experiences bacterial stress, the increase of ROS in gut initiates an innate immune response in a remote organ fat body (analogous to human liver). This communication pathway is done via nitric oxide and hemocytes and another unknown messenger in carrying the ROS signal in the gut to the fat body, which then activates the Relish/NF-KB transcription factors and induces an antimicrobial peptide response in the fat body. The results of this study have been published in Cell Host & Microbe (2012), and is one of the stories that received a preview. This study’s importance is that it reveals that when an organism experience microbial threats in the gut, how would it signal other organs to induce immune response and protect it from harm, letting us better understand how to prevent immune-related diseases and further to therapeutic drug development.


1. Phi-Tao-Phi Scholastic Honor Society (1985)
2. Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis Award (1993)
3. NHRI Outstanding Research Achievement Award (2013)


  1. Lai RH, Hsu CC, Yu BH, Lo YR, Hsu YY, Chen MH and Juang JL*. (2022) Vitamin D supplementation worsens Alzheimer’s progression: animal model and human cohort studies. Aging Cell. doi: 10.1111/acel.13670. Online ahead of print. (IF: 11.001)
  2. Lai, RH;Chow YH;Chung NH; Chen TC; Shie FS; Juang JL*. (2022) Neurotropic EV71 causes encephalitis by engaging intracellular TLR9 to elicit neurotoxic IL12-p40-iNOS signaling. Cell Death and Disease. 13(4):328 (IF: 9.705)
  3. Lai RH, Hsu YY, Shie FS , Huang CC, Chen MH and Juang JL * (2021) Non-genomic rewiring of vitamin D receptor to p53 as a key to Alzheimer’s disease. Aging Cell 20(12):e13509(IF: 11.001)
  4. Wu TH, Lai RH, Yao CN, Juang JL* (co-corresponding author), and Shu-Yi Lin,* (2020) A supramolecular bait to trigger non-equilibrium co-assembly and clearance of Aβ42. Angewandte Chemie. 60(8):4014-4017 (IF: 16.823)
  5. Wu SC, Cao ZS, Chang KM, Juang JL*. (2017) Intestinal microbial dysbiosis aggravates the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in Drosophila. Nature Comm. 8(1):24. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00040-6 (IF: 12.353)
  6. Chen PC, Huang YY, and Juang JL*. (2011) MEMS microwell and microcolumn arrays: novel methods for high-throughput cell-based assays. Lab Chip. 11(21): 3619-3625 (IF: 6.260)
  7. Lin TY, Huang CH, Kao HH, Liou GG, Yeh, SR, Cheng CM, Chen MH, Pan, RL, Juang JL*. (2009) Abi plays an opposing role to Abl in Drosophila axonogenesis and synaptogenesis. Development. 136(18): 3099-107 (IF: 7.194).
  8. Liu SC, Jen YM, Jiang SS, Chang JL, Hsiung CA, Wang CH, Juang JL*. (2009) Ga12-mediated pathway promotes invasiveness of nasopharyngeal carcinoma by modulating actin cytoskeleton reorganization. Cancer Research. 69(15): 6122-30 (IF: 7.54).
  9. Huang CH, Lin TY, Pan RL, Juang JL*. (2007) The involvement of Abl and PTP61F in the regulation of Abi protein localization and stability and lamella formation in Drosophila S2 cells. J. Biol. Chem. 282(44):32442-32452. (IF: 5.8)
  10. Chen TC, Lai YK, Yu CK, and Juang JL*. (2007) Enterovirus 71 triggering of neuronal apoptosis through activation of Abl-Cdk5 signaling. Cell. Micro 9(11): 2676–2688. (IF: 5.07)
  11. Lin H, Lin TY, and Juang JL*. (2007) Abl deregulates Cdk5 kinase activity and subcellular localization for amyloid-induced Drosophila Cell Death Differ. 14:607-615. (IF: 8.254)


  1. Juang, J.L., Lee, D.F. (2004) Baculovirus-based expression system. United States Patent. Patent No.: US6,814,963 B2.
  2. Juang, J.L., Lee, D.F. (2006) Internal ribosome entry site of the labial gene for protein expression. United States Patent. Patent No.: US US7119187
  3. 莊志立, 李東芳。(2006) 可供重組蛋白質表現之Labial基因的內部核糖體結合位置。中華民國發明第I 260346號。
  4. 莊志立,熊昭,林仲彥。(2007) 跨種核酸探針。中華民國發明第I 286573號。
  5. 莊志立, 李東芳。(2010) 重組桿狀病毒感染非宿主細胞的方法。中華民國發明第I 330198號。
  6. 莊志立,林赫。(2011) 抑制神經退化性疾病的方法。中華民國發明第I343806號。

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