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My laboratory is interested in understanding mechanisms underlying brain functions, including decision-making, learning and memory, and sleep. We use rodent animal models and various molecular, electrophysiological and imaging techniques to determine how a certain brain function is regulated by lipids, neuron ensembles, neuron-glia interactions, neurovascular coupling, and neural circuits. Furthermore, we extend our research from adult to aging animals, seeking insights into neurological disorders of aging. 


May 23, 2022 - Allen PF Chen received NIH Outstanding Scholars in Neuroscience Award Program (OSNAP) award.

April 29, 2022 - Lu Chen was voted for Best Talk in 20th Annual Symposium in Neuroscience

Nov 08, 2021 - Allen PF Chen was voted for Best Talk at MSTP retreat.

Aug 10, 2021 - Hanxiao Liu's Nat. Commun. paper is featured in Editors' Highlights.

June 25, 2020 - Allen PF Chen received Graduate Student Organization's distinguished travel award (DTA).


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Sep 24, 2019 - Pan-tong Yao's Mol. Brain. paper is accepted.

Jun 27, 2019 - Jia Shen's Neuron paper is online.

Apr 03, 2019 - Allen PF Chen receives F30 research fellowship award from NRSA NIDCD.

Jan 24, 2019 - Liang Chen's Nat. Commun. paper is online.

Jul 01, 2018 - Jia Shen receives AHA predoctoral fellowship.