Director of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech
"The motivation for inquiry into the brain is twofold. One is to satisfy our innate curiosity about how this complex machine works. The other is to try to gain understanding that will help improve human health and welfare in general."
Research Areas: Computation and Neural Systems; Developmental Biology and Genetics
Director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center
"We’re investigating brain structure and function from mice to humans and tackling the most challenging questions: How do the different brain regions interact as networks? How are perceptions and decisions formed in these networks? And perhaps the hardest question of all: how does a pattern of activity in a person's brain become a conscious experience of the world?"
Research areas: Cognitive Neuroscience; Neuropsychology; Neuroscience of Emotion; Social Neuroscience
Director of the T&C Chen Brain-Machine Interface Center
"It takes my breath away every time I see the subject sitting there in his or her wheelchair being able to, just through their thoughts, control robotic limbs or play a virtual piano or type on a virtual keyboard."
Research Areas: Neural mechanisms; Neural prosthetics; Brain repair
Director of the T&C Chen Center for Social and Decision Neuroscience
"We are interested in what’s going on in the brain when people are making decisions and attack problems such as limited willpower and self-control, particularly in decisions about food, drug addiction, and procrastination."
Research Areas: Behavioral and Social Neuroscience; Business, Economics and Management; Experimental Social Science
Liang Chen, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery at Huashan Hospital.
“I believe that the brain exists in both very macro and microscopic ways. The brain spiritualizes our world and supports it as the material basis. The more we know about it, the more we admire its ingenuity.”
Professor Chen received his Medical Doctor’s Degree at Shanghai Medical University and studied as a visiting scholar at various US and European Universities. He performs about 500 neurosurgeries each year.
Research Areas: Minimally invasive surgical treatment and functional rehabilitation or neuromodulation of brain diseases.
Director of the T&C Chen Center for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
"The Chen Institute at Caltech is instrumental in allowing us to understand the brain in all of its complexity, because there is an understanding that the brain is not about the molecules alone, or the cells alone, or behavior alone, but rather it is the interaction across all levels."
Research Areas: Biological Engineering; Computation and Neural Systems; Neuroscience; Systems Biology
Yanyan Huang, Master Instructor
Professor, Deputy Director of Geriatrics Department at Huashan Hospital.
“Cognition is the unique presentation in different people’s brains of things like paintings or country scenes. Finding the commonality of human cognition from complicated thinking and consciousness fascinates cognition researchers like me.”
Professor Huang graduated from Shanghai Medical University and studied as a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Stanford University, UCLA and UCSF. She is a standing member of the Chinese Rehabilitation Medicine Association’s Rehabilitation Committee for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Cognitive Disorders, the Chinese Society of Geriatric Hierarchical Diagnosis and Treatment Committee, the Chinese Medical Association Behaviorial Medicine Committee and a member of The Gerontological Society of America.
Research Areas: the prevention, intervention and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
Chunbo Li, PhD Mentor, MD
Vice President, Shanghai Mental Health Center; Vice President, Institute of Psychology and Behavioral Science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
“In my daily medical work, I need to identify and deal with the extreme conditions of various mental states and observe their longitudinal changes. But what are the root causes these changes? What role did they play in evolution? These issues have always been a source of my interest and research motivation.”
Professor Li received his MD at Shanghai Second Medical University and studied as a visiting scholar at Harvard University and UCSD. He is the president or committee member of several important Chinese academic associations including Vice President, Geriatric Psychology Branch, Chinese Psychological Society; President and the Shanghai Association of Behavioral Medicine. He is also an editor of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group at The Cochrane Library and has published over 360 peer-reviewed papers.
Research Areas: basic and clinical studies of anxiety disorders, the plasticity of the aging brain and evidence-based psychiatry.
Professor Mao Ying
Director of Translational Research, Vice President of Huashan Hospital, President of West Huashan Hospital
“When I discovered that we, as neurosurgeons, have the privilege of touching the brain, I realized that it is our responsibility to engage in brain science research and to study the benefits of treating, restoring and reshaping the brain.”
Professor Ying Mao is Vice President at Huashan Hospital, Fudan University. Concurrently, he is President of the Chinese Neurosurgical Society, President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons of Shanghai Medical Doctor Association, etc. Professor Mao received his Medical Doctor’s Degree at Shanghai Medical University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Crosby Neurosurgical Laboratories, University of Michigan. In 2017, he was conferred the “Shanghai Medical Excellence Contribution Award.”
Research Areas: Cerebrovascular Disease, Minimally Invasive Brain Tumor Microsurgery for brain tumors, Functional Neurosurgery
Chen Scholar, Caltech
“The long-term goal of my lab’s research is to understand how the brain integrates internal body state and external sensory information to maintain the balance in the body. In particular, we investigate various aspects of homeostatic regulation and innate behavior including (1) thirst and satiation mechanisms, (2) short- and long-term appetite regulation, and (3) interaction among peripheral, interoceptive, and neural signaling.”
Research areas: Molecular biology; Genetics; Neural Manipulation tools; Homeostasis
Director of the T&C Chen Center for Systems Neuroscience
"Will we ever be able to understand the brain completely, at the level that we now understand the basic laws of physics? That is what the T&C Chen Center for Systems Neuroscience seeks to find out."
Research Areas: Biological Engineering; Computation and Neural Systems; Systems Biology
Professor Zhou Liangfu
Vice Chairman of Translational Research, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Director of Neurosurgery Department of Huashan Hospital
Professor Zhou is a leading Chinese neurosurgery doctor. He graduated from Shanghai Medical University in 1965, and has worked in the field of neurosurgery for over 50 years. He is also the honorary president of the Chinese Neurosurgical Society, member of international liaison & advisory panel for Neurosurgery (USA), World Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical Review (Europe), Neurologia Medico-Chirurgica (Japan). Professor Zhou won the Chinese National Science & Technological Progress Reward three times, and more than 20 other important rewards. His fields of interest include vascular neurosurgery, skull-based surgery, minimally invasive neurosurgery and brain tumors.
Research Areas: Vascular Neurosurgery, Skull-base Surgery, Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Brain Tumors
Wei Zhu, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery at Huashan Hospital.
"I suddenly realized a new era had arrived: our generation of neurosurgeons can't be satisfied with just opening a patient's skull and removing disease. We want to be pioneers who study the mysteries of the brain and explore the most enigmatic problems of mankind.”
Professor Zhu received his Medical Doctor’s Degree at Shanghai Medical University and studied as a visiting scholar at UCSF, the Mayo Clinic and the Barrow Neurological Institute. Professor Zhu performs over 500 neurosurgeries each year.
Research Areas: Cerebrovascular etiology and nerve regeneration