Allen Chen

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Allen Chen

Education:

B.S., General Biology, University of California, San Diego (2014)

M.S., Biology, University of California, San Diego (2015)

Current Position:

7th Year MSTP

5th Year Grad Student

Advisor:

Dr. Shaoyu Ge, PhD and Dr. Qiaojie Xiong, PhD

Graduate Program:

Program in Neuroscience

Research Interest:

I am interested in studying the neural circuit mechanisms and cognitive behaviors that underlie neuropsychiatric disease. My current research focuses on perceptual decision- making, which underlies our basic capabilities to respond to the environment with appropriate actions and is dysfunctional in multiple diseases such as Parkinson’s and schizophrenia. I am using in vivo calcium imaging, optogenetics, and other systems neuroscience techniques to dissect neural circuit function.

Publications:

Kéry R., Chen APF, Kirschen GW. (2020). Genetic targeting of astrocytes to combat neurodegenerative disease. Neural Regeneration Research. 15(2):199-211.

Chen APF, Kéry R., Ge S. (2018) Genetic targeting of astrocytes in the gliovascular unit of the adult brain. Journal of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Sciences.