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Shih-Chun "David" Lin, M.D., Ph.D.


David, a native of Taiwan, graduated first-place in class from National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Medicine at the age of 21. He then served as a Taiwan Army Medical/Surgical Officer and spent one year as a resident in surgery at NTU Hospital. While pursuing his PhD in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, mentored by Dr. Dwight Bergles, he studied NG2 cells, a type of glia maintaining stem cell-like properties. His thesis elucidated modes of synaptic communications between neurons and NG2 cells, the only known example of such neuron-glia interactions. David spent his off-service research years working in Dr. Karl Deisseroth's lab on projects involving clinical application of novel optogenetic tools. He hopes to practice academic neurosurgery and pursue basic science research. Outside neurosurgery, David likes to spend time with family, play piano, travel, and keep his hands busy on anything related to computing.


2006-present Resident in Neurological Surgery, Stanford University
2008-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Karl Deisseroth's Lab, Stanford University
2005-2006 General Surgery Internship, Stanford University
2000-2005 PhD, Neuroscience, John Hopkins University
1999-2000 Resident, Surgery, National Taiwan University
1996-1997 Intern, National Taiwan University
1990-1997 MD (First place in class), National Taiwan University

Research Interests: Neuron-glia interactions. Optical and stem-cell based neuroengineering technologies for noninvasive imaging and control of brain circuits in the lab of Dr. Karl Deisseroth.

Program Completion: 2012


2010 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Resident Award
2010 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Top Ten Abstract
2009 Stanford Neurosurgery Written Boards Award
2005 Phi Beta Kappa, Johns Hopkins University
2004 Society for Neuroscience / Eli Lilly Graduate Student Travel Award
2004 The Paul Ehrlich Research Award, Johns Hopkins University
2000 Best Resident Surgeon, Department of Surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital
2000 AT&T Leadership Award, Asia/Pacific 2000
1999 Government Scholarship for Advanced Studies Abroad, Taiwan Ministry of Education
1998 Government Scholarship for Advanced Studies Abroad, Taiwan Ministry of Education
1997 Dr. Tsungming Tu’s Scholarship, Dr. Tsungming Tu Foundation
1997 Academic Excellence Award (Summa cum laude) and First Place in Graduating Class, National Taiwan University
1997 Most Promising Graduate & Most Brilliant in Class, National Taiwan University
1996 Exchange Medical Student Scholarship to Harvard Medical School, Taiwan Ministry of Education & National Taiwan University
1994 Schering-Plough Summer Research Grant
1990-1996 Presidential Award (10-time winner), National Taiwan University


Witten IB*, Lin SC*, Brodsky M*, Diester I, Anikeeva P, Prakash R, Gradinaru V, Ramakrishnan C, Deisseroth, KA, Cholinergic interneurons control local circuit activity and cocaine conditioning. Science 330(6011):1677-81 (2010) (*Co-first authors)

Lad SP, Li G, Lin SC, Henderson JM, Intracranial hypotension from intrathecal baclofen pump insertion. A case report and review of the literature. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 86(2):75-9 (2008)

Lin SC et al., Climbing fiber innervation of NG2-expressing glia in the mammalian cerebellum. Neuron 46(5):773-85 (2005).

Lin SC, Bergles DE, Synaptic signaling between GABAergic interneurons and oligodendrocyte precursor cells in the hippocampus. Nature Neuroscience 7(1):24-32 (2004).

Lin SC, Bergles DE, Synaptic signaling between neurons and glia. Glia 47(3):290-8 (2004).

Lin SC, Bergles DE, Physiological characteristics of NG2-expressing glial cells. Journal of Neurocytology 31(6-7):537-49 (2002).

Contact Info: David Lin [scdlin yahoo.com]

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