Dr. Yi Gu
Dr. Gu received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University. Her Ph.D. work in Dr. Richard Huganir’s laboratory was focused on the molecular and cellular regulation of neurotransmitter receptor trafficking.
Dr. Gu was trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. David Tank at Princeton University, where she investigated the functional mechanism of the medial entorhinal cortex during spatial navigation by combining in vivo imaging with virtual reality behavioral paradigms. Dr. Gu joined NINDS as an investigator in 2019. Her research aims to understand the neural basis of spatial navigation and memory.
Dr. Yan Ma
Yan received her Ph.D. degree in Genetics from Peking Union Medical College. Afterwards she conducted research as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Fielding J. Hejtmancik’s lab at the National Eye Institute, the institute lead to protect and prolong the vision of populations, where she applies her expertise to advanced research in the field of ophthalmic molecular genetics.
Yan joined the lab as a lab manager in November 2022 to assist Dr. Gu to manage the lab as well as to study the neural mechanism of spatial navigation in mice. In her free time, Yan enjoys music, reading, hiking, and movies.
Dr. Nai-Wen Tien
Nai-Wen received her Ph.D. for work on function and development of mouse retinal circuits in Dr. Daniel Kerschensteiner’s lab at Washington University in St. Louis. Afterwards she transitioned to system neuroscience and joined Dr. Shaul Druckmann’s lab at Stanford University, working on several collaborative projects studying brain-wide activity for short-term memory. As a human being with terrible sense of direction, Nai-Wen always wonders if she has dysfunctional brain circuits for spatial navigation. To understand the potential reasons for her impaired internal GPS system, she joins Dr. Gu Yi’s lab working on the mechanisms underlying spatial learning and memory. Apart from working on research projects, she enjoys playing board games (especially Betrayal at House on the Hill!) and plans to finish a best-selling Sci-Fi novel about neuroscience.
Dr. Taylor Malone
Taylor received his B.S. in Biology and Biomedical Engineering Systems from Tufts University, before beginning his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Yale University in the laboratory of Leonard Kaczmarek. In the Kaczmarek lab, Taylor studied Slack potassium channels and their gain-of-function mutations leading to childhood epilepsy and intellectual disability. Taylor characterized a novel mechanism by which activation, or gain-of-function mutation, of Slack channels regulates mRNA translation. In the Gu lab, Taylor is pursuing his interest in understanding the mechanisms behind neurological disease by studying the role of the medial entorhinal cortex (MEC) in spatial learning and memory and MEC dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease. Taylor’s hobbies include hiking, baking, and reading science fiction.
Kai Zhang received his Mater of Medicine in anesthesiology from Tianjin Medical University, where he investigated the association between anesthetics and hippocampal pyramidal neurons in cognitive behaviors in freely moving mice. He is now a joint trained doctoral candidate by Tianjin Medical University and Beijing University. He studied the neural mechanism of the effects of depression on perioperative neurocognitive disorders under the guidance of Dr. Yonghao Yu and Dr. Yong Zhang. In the Gu lab, Kai Zhang is pursuing his interest in exploring the role of different cell types in the medial entorhinal cortex in spatial learning and memory. Outside the lab, he loves to play badminton and run for exercise, as well as enjoys multiple types of music.
Garret has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego. He joined the lab in June 2022 to study spatial processing neural networks in mice within virtual environments. While working with Yi Gu, he plans to foster the skills necessary for careers in research and medicine. In his free time, Garret enjoys music, reading, and creative writing.
Jean received her M.H.S. in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she investigated relationships between discriminatory experiences, epigenetic aging, and dementia under the guidance of Dr. Aisha Dickerson. Prior to this, she earned her B.S. in Biology and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. There, she studied the role of pre-sleep behaviors in sleep quality and sleep physiology in the lab of Dr. Ada Eban-Rothschild. In the Gu lab, she will join Taylor Malone in examining the dysfunction of the medial entorhinal cortex in Alzheimer's disease. Jean intends to pursue a Ph.D. to bridge basic science and population-level epidemiologic findings to alleviate health disparities in Alzheimer's disease. Outside the lab, she loves to play the flute and enjoys classical music.
Duc received Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California Berkeley. He joined the lab in August 2020 and is currently working on how sensory information is represented in the medial entorhinal cortex (MEC) during spatial navigation. He's leaving the lab in August 2022 for NYU where he will begin his PhD in Neuroscience.
- Ila Fiete, McGovern Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Joshua A. Gordon and David A. Kupferschmidt, Integrative Neuroscience Section, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health
- Shen-Ju Chou, Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
Outside the lab