Programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience
- BA, Marine Biology, Ocean University of China
- MS, Genetics, Ocean University of China
- PhD, Neuroscience, Iowa State University
- Postdoctoral Training, Johns Hopkins University
Astroglia is the most abundant non-neuronal cell type in mammalian central nervous system (CNS), actively participating in many CNS physiology and pathology. The main areas of research in the lab center on several aspects of neuron to astroglial signaling in postnatal development and pathological conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases, neurodevelopmental disorders, and others. These include the molecular mechanisms that regulate functional astroglial maturation during postnatal development, especially the role of neuronal signals; exosome-mediated communication between neurons and glia, and mechanisms of astrocyte dysfunction in neurological diseases/disorders.