Principle Investigator

Mei Zhen, PhD



University of Toronto

Department of Molecular Genetics

Department of Physiology

Department of Cell & Systems Biology

Senior Scientist

Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute

Curriculum Vitae

Current lab members

Wesley Hung, PhD
Research Associate and Lab Manager


BSc, Simon Fraser University, Canada

PhD, University of British Columbia, Canada


Investigating the molecular mechanisms and neuronal circuit requirements for C. elegans locomotion.

Ying Wang, MD
Research Staff and Lab Manager

1988 BSc, Dalian Medical University, China

2000 MD, Dalian Medical University, China

Yan Li, PhD

2011 PhD, University of Saskatchewan

2011-2014 Postdoctoral fellow, University of Connecticut

Dylan Fong, BSc
Software Developer

2016  BSc Computer Science, University of Toronto

Ben Mulcahy, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

2009 BSc, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

2013 PhD, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Investigating circuit wiring, development, and neurophysiology.

Tosif Ahamed, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

2019 PhD, Biological Physics, Theory Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Yangning Lu, PhD

2020, PhD, University of Toronto
BSc, Fudan University, China

Understanding how the motor circuit develops, and mapping functional circuit activity.

Daniel Witvliet
PhD Candidate

2013 BSc, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2014 BSc, University of Toronto, Canada
Presently, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Mapping the post-embryonic development of the C. elegans neuronal wiring diagram.

Jun Meng
PhD Candidate

2009 BAgrSc DVM, China Agricultural University, China

2014 MSc, the Qi lab, Hangzhou Normal University, China
Present, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Investigating the molecular mechanisms for neuronal and circuit excitability.

Neeraja Ramakrishnan
MSc Candidate

2017 BSc, University of Waterloo

Mechanisms of synaptic development 

Christine Rehaluk
MSc Candidate

2018 BSc, University of British Columbia

Gap junctions in the C. elegans connectome 

Mona Wang
MSc Candiate

2018 BSc, University of Toronto

Investigating the influence of environment on neural circuits

Hongrou Zhang
PhD Candidate

2018 BSc, Wuhan University
Present, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Mechanisms that regulate central pattern generators and neuronal excitability

Maggie Chang, BSc 
Postgraduate Research Assistant

2019 BSc, Physiology major, University of Toronto

Dissecting the C. elegans motor circuit using optogenetic and genetic tools.

Linyan (Alice) Xu
Work-study Student

Present: Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto


C. elegans neural circuit analysis 

Mingyao Liu 
PhD Candidate


Visiting PhD Candidate, Chinese Ministry of Education at the University of Toronto  


Current collaborators

John Calarco - Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto

Penny Gilbert - Department of Biomedical Materials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
Shuzo Sugita - Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto

Jeehye Park - Department of Molecular Genetics, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

Mark Alkema - UMass
Jeff Lichtman - The Center for Brain Science, Harvard
David Miller - Vanderbilt University
Aravinthan Samuel - The Center for Brain Science, Harvard
Andrew Chisholm - Department of Biology, UCSD

Christian Stigloher - University of Wurzburg

Thoma Boulin - Lyon University

Quan Wen - Chinese University of Science and Technology (China)

Shangbang Gao - Huazhong University of Science and Technolog (China)

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