Current Lab Members
Jun Ding, PhD, Principal Investigator
Associate 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.
Richard Roth, PhD
Richard received his PhD in Neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he used in vivo imaging approaches to study synaptic plasticity during motor learning. As a postdoc in the Ding lab, Richard is focused on understanding how different brain circuits involved in motor control interact with each other to generate skilled motor movements. Originally from Germany, Richard enjoys traveling and skiing in his spare time.
Daniel Bloodgood, PhD
I received my PhD in Neuroscience from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2019. My research in graduate school focused on the contribution of anxiety to promoting excessive alcohol in drinking. In the Ding Lab, I am examining how models of alcohol abuse lead to long-lasting changes in synaptic plasticity in the striatum. Outside the lab, I enjoy running, cycling, and hiking around the many nature trails in the Bay Area.
Mengjun Sheng, PhD
Mengjun obtained his PhD from the Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His thesis work was focused on the neuronal activity changes in striatum during motor learning. Currently in Ding lab he is interested in the role of cortical basal ganglia circuits in motor learning. Outside the lab he likes running and bodybuilding.
Di Lu, PhD
I obtained my PhD from the Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences. My thesis work dissected the role of D1R and D2R neurons in the dorsolateral striatum during mouse motor learning. Currently I am interested in the function of cortico - basal ganglia circuits during motor learning. Outside the lab I like traveling and reading.
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.
Yu-Wei Wu, PhD
Former - Post-doctoral Fellow
Current Affiliation - Principle Investigator at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
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