Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology


I am interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying neural circuit formation during development and degeneration in aging. In my lab, We use a free-living tiny roundworm, called&nbsp;<i>Caenorhabditis elegans</i>, as a model. The defined cell lineage, completely mapped connectome&nbsp;and rapid life cycle of this organism greatly facilitate investigating nervous system at the subcellular resolution. Combining classic genetic analysis with <i>in vivo</i>&nbsp;live imaging technique and molecular and cellular manipulations, we are discovering conserved mechanisms playing key roles in neural circuit formation, gap junction dynamics and neurodegeneration