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Wei, Zhang
Principal Investigator, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University
Principal Investigator, Peking-Tsinghua Joint Center for Life Sciences, Beijing, China
Office: D214, Medical Sciences Building, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 100084
Lab:E102, Medical Sciences Building, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 100084
Phone: +86-10-62796065(office)    +86-10-62790589(lab)
Email: zhangweilab@biomed.tsinghua.edu.cn
[Research Focus] [Research Focus]
Mechanosensation, which underlies both hearing and somatosensation, is one of the least understood sensory modalities. It is thought to employ mechanosensitive (MS) ion channels to detect mechanical cues, such as touch, noxious mechanical stimuli, proprioceptive information and sound/vibration, however, the molecular and cellular mechanisms for mechanosensation remain largely unknown. We aim to study mechanosensation with high-throughput approaches and cutting-edge technologies. Our research goal is to characterize the mechanosensitive channels and neural circuit underlying hearing, somatosensation and other mechanosensory modalities.
Research Plans
1. Molecular and cellular mechanotransduction.
2. Neural circuits underlying mechanosensory behaviors.
[Me & Science] [Me & Science]
Dr. Wei Zhang received his Ph.D from the Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai in 2010. He finished his postdoctoral work on mechanotransduction in Dr. Lily Jan and Dr. Yuh-Nung Jan lab at the Howard Hughs Medical Institute and University of California, San Francisco. He was awarded China’ Thousand Talent Program for Young Outstanding Scientists in 2016.
[Education & Experience] 2000-2004  B.A. in biological science
School of Life Sciences, Shandong University, China
2004-2010    Ph.D. in neuroscience
Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai
2010-2016    Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Physiology,University of Calif San Francisco/ Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2016- Present  Principal Investigator
              School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University
              Peking-Tsinghua Joint Center for Life Sciences