Areas of Interest
The focus of our research is to address (1) how neuronal development contributes to the assembly and function of the nervous system and (2) how defects in this process lead to brain disorders. On neuronal development, we are interested in how neurons develop dendrites and axons into distinct subcellular compartments and how experience interacts with the genome to shape the nervous system. On brain disorders, we investigate the role of dysregulated expression levels of genes (e.g., in Down syndrome). We use both Drosophila and mice in our research, and take a multi-disciplinary approach that include genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, biochemistry, advanced imaging (for neuronal structures and activity), electrophysiology, computation, and behavioral studies.
Associated Grad Programs
Cell & Developmental Biology, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Center for Cell Plasticity and Organ Design
University of California-San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, 08/2008
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Ph.D., 06/2001
Shanghai Institute of Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, M.S., 06/1995
Nanjing University, B.S., 07/1992