Yao Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

We aim to uncover the spatiotemporal dynamics of molecular signals, and investigates how these features contribute to sleep, learning, and functions of neuromodulators – chemicals made in the brain with profound effects on cellular physiology and animal behavior. We achieve our research objectives by imaging and manipulating, in live brain slices and freely moving mice, intracellular signals with high spatial resolution and temporal precision. We combine these approaches with molecular, cellular, developmental, biochemical, and electrophysiological approaches. In addition to the biology exploration, we also further our research by developing new molecular tools (biosensors, actuators) as well as engineering new instruments.

Research keywords: neuromodulator; sleep; imaging

Basic information

Mentoring statement:Find it here.
Some former postdocs’ career outcomes:Recent faculty, postdoctoral fellow still in training

Postdoc openings within the next year

Number of postdoc positions:2
Postdoc eligibility:U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
Current Visa-Holding Trainees in the U.S.
International Trainees Outside the U.S.