Dawen Cai

Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Associate Professor, Biophysics
Research Focus: Neuronal stem cell, single-cell transcriptome, Neural circuit formation, plasticity

NCRC Building 25-1688

2800 Plymouth Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Areas of Interest

How are our one billion neurons generated from stem cells? How do they physically connect during development? How are these connections modified during learning?

Associated Grad Programs

Cell & Developmental Biology, Biophyics, Neuroscience,  Cellular & Molecular Biology (in process)


  • Harvard University, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2011
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., 2007
  • Peking University, B.S., 2000 

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