Yiyang Gong awarded Sloan Fellowship in neuroscience

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Yiyang Gong, assistant professor in Neurobiology, has been selected as a Sloan Fellow in Neuroscience. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year, $60,000 fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

The Gong Lab is interested in understanding brain function using the combination of genetically encoded sensors and optical techniques. Using genetically encoded tools, they can target specific neuron types or specific projection pathways for recording or perturbation. Using optical microscopy, they can access individual neurons with high spatial and temporal accuracy. By employing and developing tool in both categories, the Gong Lab studies brain circuitry by recording, perturbing and controlling brain activity in various preparations.

Congratulations, Dr. Gong!