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Xinyu Zhao

Xinyu Zhao

Regulation of neural stem cells and brain development in health and diseases, including autism and fragile X syndrome.

Professor, neuroscience School of Medicine and Public Health Work: 608-263-9906 — Home and cell phones available upon request xinyu.zhao@wisc.edu Home page Twitter: @lab_zhao

Topics

  • Study functions of RNA and RNA binding proteins in health and brain disorders, including autism, fragile X syndrome, and schizophrenia.
  • Investigate epigenetic regulations and gene and environmental interactions in stem cells and development using gene editing, mouse genetics and human iPSCs
  • Cell type specific and single cell analyses of neural stem cells and neurons using genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics.
  • Determine how gene mutations leads to neuronal and behavioral changes in mouse models for human diseases.

Achievements

  • Discover novel mechanisms regulating self renewal and fate specification of neural stem cells
  • Unveil how mutations of genes associated with autism and fragile X syndrome affect brain development
  • Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, scientists, and junior faculty members

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