Faculty Information

Yalda Moayedi, PhD

Assistant Professor
Molecular Pathobiology
433 1st Avenue, NY 10010
Phone: 212-998-9708

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  • Ph.D., Neuroscience Graduate Program, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 2013
  • B.S., Neurobiology, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2004
  • B.A., Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2004


Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, 2023

AChemS Polak Young Investigator Award, 2021

Research Interests/Professional Overview

The primary research interest of the Moayedi laboratory is to understand the somatosensory neurons that innervate the oral cavity and upper airway, and how they contribute to oral functions including as flavor perception, food choice, feeding mechanics, airway defense, and speech. While it is well recognized that somatosensation is an important contributor to these daily tasks, little is known about the neurons and circuits that underlie them. Understanding this fundamental biology has far-reaching implications for developing new treatments for diseases of orofacial neurons including dysphagia, dysphonia, and cranial neuropathies. Her lab uses a combination of molecular biology, histology, physiology, functional imaging, and behavior to address these gaps in knowledge.

Current Funding

R21 DC018898: Mechanosensory substrates of flavor in the mammalian tongue

Representative Publications

Pubmed Link

Pennington-FitzGerald, W., A. Joshi, E. Honzel, I. Hernández-Morato, M.J. Pitman, Y. Moayedi. Development and Application of Automated Vocal Fold Tracking Software in a Rat Surgical Model. Laryngoscope. (2023) Aug 6. doi: 10.1002/lary.30930. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37543969.

Moayedi Y., S. Xu, S.K. Obayashi, B.U. Hoffman, G.J. Gerling, E.A. Lumpkin. The cellular basis of mechanosensation in mammalian tongue. Cell Reports. (2023) Feb 9; 42(2):112087; doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2023.112087.

Moayedi Y*., S. Michlig, M. Park, A. Koch, E.A. Lumpkin. Localization of TRP channels in healthy oral mucosa from human donors. eNeuro (2022) Dec 6. 0328-21.2022; DOI:10.1523/ENEURO.0328-21.2022. *Corresponding author.

Cole C.L., V.X. Yu, S. Perry, A. Seenauth, E.A. Lumpkin, M.S. Troche, M.J. Pitman, Y. Moayedi. Healthy Human Adult Laryngopharyngeal Sensory Innervation Density Correlates with Age.  The Laryngoscope (2022) Jul 16. doi: 10.1002/lary.30287. Online ahead of print.

Moayedi Y*., S. Michlig, M. Park, A. Koch, E.A. Lumpkin*. Somatosensory innervation of healthy human oral tissues. J Comp Neurol (2021) Aug 1;529(11):3046-3061. doi: 10.1002/cne.25148. *Co-corresponding/Joint-senior author.

Moayedi, Y., S. Greenberg, B. A. Jenkins, K. L. Marshall, D. M. Owens and E. A. Lumpkin. Camphor oil induces tumor regression through cytotoxic T cell-dependent mechanisms.  Mol Carcinog (2019) May;58(5):722-734. doi: 10.1002/mc.22965.

Moayedi, Y., L. Duenas-Bianchi and E. A. Lumpkin.  Somatosensory innervation of the oral mucosa of adult and aging mice. Scientific Reports. (2018) 8(1):9975.

Moayedi Y, M.L. Basch, N.L. Pacheco, S.S. Gao, R. Wang, W. Harrison, N. Xiao, J.S. Oghalai, P.A. Overbeek, G. Mardon, and A.K. Groves. The candidate splicing factor Sfswap regulates growth and patterning of inner ear sensory organs. PLoS Genet. (2014) 10(1).