Dawen Cai, Ph.D.

Michigan Neuroscience Institute Affiliate
Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Associate Professor, Biophysics
Biomedical Science Research Building
109 Zina Pitcher Pl.
3063 BSRB
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Areas of Interest

The Cai Laboratory develops and uses interdisciplinary techniques to study the development and functional-structural relationship of neural circuits in the Drosophila and mouse brains. We currently focus on: 1) Developing novel genetic, imaging, and computational tools for neural circuit tracing at the whole-brain scale with synapse resolution. 2) Identifying neural circuit "motifs" that specify brain functions. 3) Depicting molecular, neuronal, and circuitry mechanisms that contribute to neuron fate determination and Autism.


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

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