Guangying K Wu
My research is focused on understanding the neural circuitry mechanisms underlying hearing-related behaviors and cognitive functions. From the mechanic waves, odor molecules and photons to the perception, the sensory information undergoes a series of transformation through the nervous system. How does this fascinating system encode information coming from the outside world? How does it influence our perception or behavior? They are two big questions my lab wants to answer. The individual neurons in nervous system connect to each other by synapses, forming daunting networks. To link fundamental synaptic mechanisms and specific behaviors, we’re trying to combine cellular, molecular and systems-level study together by electrophysiology, imaging, genetics, and pharmacology. Specifically, by using a variety of techniques, in particular in vivo whole cell recording and combining the two photon laser scanning imaging and pharmacological manipulations, we’ll be able to identify the cellular and synaptic mechanisms underlying auditory or other information processing. The ultimate goal of our lab is to understand the principles governing higher cognitive functions, such as music, communication, and how those auditory information is stored and retrieved in our brain.
Ph.D. 2009, University of Southern California