Congratulations to Yiqing Wang, a Class of 2016 undergraduate majoring Chemistry, who received a 2015 Harrison Undergraduate Research Award! This prestigious award program funds approximately 40 awards of up to $3,000 each per year to support outstanding undergraduate research projects. Yiqing has been an active member of Julius Zhu’s laboratory for about one and half years and she co-authored a recent article in Nature Protocols (DOI: 10.1038/nprot.2015.019). The article describes an optogenetics- and imaging-assisted patch-clamp technology for decoding complex neural circuits, which has already attracted some media attention (http://www.nature.com/nprot/journal/v10/n3/nprot.2015.019/metrics). In her Harrison project, Yiqing plans to use this newly developed technology to decipher the cortical chandelier neuronal circuitry, which has been implicated in epilepsy and schizophrenia. Way to go, Yiqing!
April 9, 2015 by