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Yu Wei Wu
Basic Life Res Scientist, Neurosurgery
Bio 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 from other brain areas, which are highly altered in PD. By incorporating various tools and state-of-the-art approaches, such as two-photon imaging/uncaging, patch-clamp electrophysiology, optogenetic manipulation of neural circuit and computational simulation, I aim to provide a comprehensive view, in the neuronal circuitry level, of how motor control is achieved and what goes wrong during the pathophysiological changes in PD, so that potential new therapeutic targets will be discovered to help PD patients.
My past training has quipped me with various research skills including:
1.Brain slice electrophysiology for studying ion channel physiology and synaptic transmission.
2.Two-photon calcium imaging for monitor subcellular neuronal activity in brain slices and in vivo.
3.Optics and microscopy development.
4.Computer programming for image processing, data analysis, and instrumental control.
5.Optogenetic techniques for controlling targeted neuronal circuits with transgenic mice and AAV viral injection.
6.Immunohistochemistry and biochemical essays.
These skills enable me not only to design and perform bench works independently but also capable to have a working model and a big picture in mind. I have a solid background in biology and neurophysiology, and my broad research skills further facilitate collaboration with experts from multidisciplinary. In summary, I have demonstrated a record for successfully completing research projects, and my strong motivation and substantial research skills have prepared me well to achieve my goal.