Hometown: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Undergraduate Institution: Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Before coming to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center I was an undergraduate student in Sichuan University, China. During my undergraduate time, I developed interests in developmental biology, especially developmental neuroscience, after I joined a lab studying the development of cortical interneurons in the developing forebrain. I was totally fascinated by doing research and decided to go to graduate school to study development biology.
I began to know Cincinnati Children’s from a very impressive paper about brain development published by Dr. Kenneth Campbell here. Then I began to know Cincinnati Children’s is one of the best children’s hospitals in the US and the MDB graduate program is an outstanding program covering broad research fields and with great resource to help students to be successful in the future. And I am really exciting to be a member of the MDB graduate program.
My interest in research is to study developmental neurobiology. And I was very fortunate to be able to join Dr. Kenneth Campbell’s lab. Now I am working on a gene called Gsx2, which is critical for the normal development of the forebrain and activation of some neural stem cells in the adulthood, and may be involved in many psychiatric disorders when expressing abnormally. And my major focuses are to understand how Gsx2 contribute to the normal generation of olfactory bulb interneurons derived from the telencephalic septum, and how Gsx2 expression is regulated in the developing forebrain.