Mei Zhen, Ph.D
University of Toronto
Department of Molecular Genetics
Department of Physiology
Department of Cell & Systems Biology
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
Current lab members
Wesley Hung, Ph. D
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, Ph. D
2011 Ph. D, University of Saskatchewan
2011-2014 Postdoctoral fellow, University of Connecticut
Dylan Fong, BSc
2016 B.Sc Computer Science, University of Toronto
Ben Mulcahy, PhD
2009 BSc, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
2013 PhD, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
Investigating circuit wiring, development, and neurophysiology.
Tosif Ahamed, PhD
2019 PhD, Biological Physics, Theory Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
We are excited to welcome Tosif joining the lab in Nov. 2019
2013 BSc, Fudan University, China.
Understanding how the motor circuit develops, and mapping functional circuit activity.
2013 BSc, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
2014 BSc, University of Toronto, Canada.
Mapping the post-embryonic development of the C. elegans neuronal wiring diagram.
2009 BAgrSc DVM, China Agricultural University, China.
2014 MSc, the Qi lab, Hangzhou Normal University, China.
Investigating the molecular mechanisms for neuronal and circuit excitability.
2017 BSc, University of Waterloo
Mechanisms of synaptic development
2018 BSc, University of British Columbia
Gap junctions in the C. elegans connectome
2018 BSc, University of Toronto
Investigating the influence of environment on neural circuits
Ph. D student
2018 BSc, Wuhan University
Mechanisms that regulate central pattern generators and neuronal excitability
Maggie Chang, B.Sc
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, University of Toronto
Major: Molecular Genetics
C. elegans neural circuit analysis
Visiting Ph.D student at the University of Toronto, Chinese Ministry of Education
John Calarco - Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto
Jeehye Park - Department of Molecular Genetics, The Sickkids hospital, 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)