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We are two laboratories interested in understanding mechanisms underlying brain functions, including decision-making, learning and memory, sleep and adult neurogenesis. 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. 


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

April 30, 2020 - A former Md/PhD student, Gregory Kirschen, interviewed by Deeper Levels: From early Medical School graduation to an inpatient Covid unit: An (interim) intern’s experience

Dec 05, 2019 - Chih-hao Yang's Cell Reports. paper is accepted.

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

Jul 25, 2019 - Jia Wang's Nat. Commun. paper is online. Highlighted on BrainPost Lateral Dispersion

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.

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Oct 01, 2018 - Rachel Kery receives F30 research fellowship award from NRSA NIMH.

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

Fall 2017 - Rachel Kery receives Excellence in Teaching Assitance Award