Current Lab Members
Jun Ding, PhD, Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Jun Ding, PhD, is a scientist in the field of striatal neurobiology and basal ganglia research. His work employs a unque combination of novel microscopy techniques, electrophysiology and genetic tools. He performed his PhD dissertation research with Dr. D. James Surmeier at Northwestern University. For his postdoctoral training, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Bernardo Sabatini at Harvard Medical School. As an independent researcher, he investigates the functional organization of cortico-thalamobasal ganglia circuits.
Yu-Wei Wu, PhD
I am interested in the neural circuits for motor control and how it is affected under the progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Currently I focus on dissecting the role of the striatal spiny projection neurons on integrating information. By incorporating various tools, such as two-photon imaging, patch-clamp electrophysiology, optogenetics, and computational simulation, I aim to provide a comprehensive view, in the neuronal circuitry level, of how motor control is achieved and affected in PD.
Omar Jaidar, PhD
2016- to date - Postdoctoral Researcher - Neurosurgery/Prof. Jun B. Ding/Stanford University Medical Center, U.S.A.
2012- 2016 - Postdoctoral Researcher - Brain Mechanism for Behavior Unit/Prof. Gordon Arbuthnott/Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan
2008-2011 - Ph.D./Summa Cum Laude - National University of Mexico (U.N.A.M.) Mexico
Dongli Xu, PhD
The mysteries of the brain fascinated me. Currently I focus on the development of new imaging tools for mammalian brain, which is crucial to understand the function of neural circuit. I received my PhD from Huazhong University of science and technology, and have a background in engineering and optics.
Yue Sun, PhD
Yue Sun was born in Hangzhou, China. She earned her Ph.D. in 2017 at Fudan University. Her main thesis work was to study RNA splicing and its contribution to complex diseases when mis-regulated. In Stanford University, as a joint postdoctoral researcher in Jun Ding lab and Sui Wang lab (Ophthalmology Department), she focuses on two directions. One direction is to develope AAV tools for labeling gene expression profile or circuit-specific neurons in retina and brain. The other direction is to use activity-dependent labeling system to dissect neuronal subpopulations underlying different aspects of motor learning and use RNA-seq to identify genes critical for these processes.
I went to the Chinese University of Hong Kong for undergraduate study. I was working on the molecular mechanisms of protein trafficking in Arabidopsis. I joined the Ding lab in 2015. I am studying the regulatory roles of striatal interneurons during motor learning and behavior, using electrophysiology recording, optogenetics and pharmacology. Outside lab, I am the best dad in the world to my dog, Jamie.
B.S., Stanford University, Symbolic Systems - Neurosciences (honors, Biology minor). Currently a graduate student in the Neurosciences program (co-advised by Carla Shatz), Eddy's research focus concerns exploring novel mechanisms underlying experience-dependent plasticity of motor circuits. Specifically, Eddy utilizes in vivo microscopy and acute slice physiology to investigate neuron-astrocyte interactions and mechanisms of endocannabinoid plasticity in the murine striatum. Outside the lab, Eddy enjoys hiking, video games, and Costco pizza.
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, I did research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, Maryland. When I am not patching cells or running behavior, I enjoy meditating, surfing, and making mustard.
Stephen obtained his bachelor's degree at The University of Texas at San Antonio in Biology, with minors in Math and Chemistry. He first became interested in motor learning when studying birdsong in bengalese finches. He is now interested in studying similar questions of motor learning in the mouse system, and is also developing genetically engineered voltage indicators to use in his work in the lab of Dr. Michael Lin.
Jae-Ick Kim, PhD
Former - Post-doctoral Fellow
Current Affiliation - Assistant Professor at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea
Rupa Lalchandani, PhD
Former - Post-doctoral Fellow, Stanford Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar
Current Affiliation - Assistant Professor at Notre Dame de Namur University, California, USA
Kai Du, PhD
Former - Visiting Graduate Student
Current Affiliation - Postdoc at Karolinska Institute, Sweden