Christopher Fang-Yen Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship
Christopher Fang-Yen, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Fang-Yen's laboratory explores how neural circuits generate behavior using the nematode C. elegans as a model. This 1-mm-long worm has only 302 neurons, and is the only animal for which the complete 'wiring diagram' of synaptic connectivity has been determined. This relative simplicity of the worm's nervous system, as well as its genetic manipulability and optical transparency, make it a unique model for understanding the neuronal basis of coordinated behavior. The laboratory adopts a multidisciplinary approach, applying and integrating tools from fields such as optics, molecular biology, microfluidics, and machine learning. In particular, Fang-Yen and his collaborators have recently developed a closed-loop system for optogenetic spatiotemporal control of neural activity in freely moving animals. He is also broadly interested in creating new tools for neuroscience and bioimaging. To learn more about his research, visit his faculty profile.
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