contact@zhenlab.com

416-586-4800 x6138

Principle Investigator

Mei Zhen, Ph.D

 

Professor 

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, 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

yingwang@lunenfeld.ca

Yan Li, Ph. D
Research staff

2011 Ph. D, University of Saskatchewan

2011-2014 Postdoctoral fellow, University of Connecticut

Dylan Fong, BSc
Software Developer

2016  B.Sc 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.

mulcahy@lunenfeld.ca

Tosif Ahamed, PhD
Postdoctoral fellow

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

Yangning Lu
PhD student

2013 BSc, Fudan University, China.

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

yangning.lu@mail.utoronto.ca

 
Daniel Witvliet
PhD student

2013 BSc, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

2014 BSc, University of Toronto, Canada.

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

witvliet@zhenlab.com

 
Jun Meng
PhD student

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.

mj@zhenlab.com

 
 
Neeraja Ramakrishnan
MSc Student

2017 BSc, University of Waterloo

Mechanisms of synaptic development 

Christine Rehaluk
MSc Student

2018 BSc, University of British Columbia

Gap junctions in the C. elegans connectome 

Mona Wang
MSc Student

2018 BSc, University of Toronto

Investigating the influence of environment on neural circuits

Hongrou Zhang
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 
 
Mingyao Liu 
Visiting Ph.D student at the University of Toronto, Chinese Ministry of Education 
 
 

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 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)