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Institute of Neuroscience, NYMU

At the molecular, cellular, systems, and cognitive neuroscience levels,

we seek to further our understanding of the mind and to develop methods to treat, to prevent, and to correct or cure mental health.



The institute is broadly divided into three groups based on education and research aims:

Section 1: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

Section 2: Cognitive Neuroscience

Section 3: Molecular Medicine (in cooperation with the Academia Sinica Biomedical Research Institute)



The institute comprises a total of thirteen full-time faculty, three faculty holding joint positions with other institutes,

and five adjunct faculty from Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Academia Sinica, and National Taiwan University.

Our institute'scombination of three groups creates Taiwan's most comprehensive teaching and research organization covering all major areas of neuroscience.



Section 1: Masters and PhD programs

Section 2: Masters and PhD programs

Section 3: PhD program only



Sections 1 and 3 (Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience and Molecular Medicine)

Focus on molecules, genes and neural circuitry We study molecular mechanisms of neural development, neural signaling and neuralcircuit plasticity.

We also use non-human primates as an animal model to study theneural circuitry, function, and coding underlying visual perception; and as a platformfor development of a brain-machine interface

Focus on psychiatric and neural degeneration diseases

We create animal models for psychological diseases and study the behavioral origin of depression and aggression.

We study the molecular mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease and spino-cerebellar ataxia.

We also study neural protection of astrocytes and micro-glia cells and are developing methods for neural regeneration

Research Groups

Neural Development

Fu-Chin Liu (Laboratory of neural development and plasticity of basal ganglia)

Ming Ji Fann (Laboratory of developmental neuroscience)

Huey-Jen Tsai (Laboratory of zebrafish developmental neuroscience)

Cheng-Ting Chien (Laboratory of Drosophila development, Academia Sinica)


Neural Function

Alice Chien Chang (Laboratory of brain function and genetics)

Synthia H. Sun (Laboratory of neural glia function)

Chou Po Hung (Laboratory of visual neurophysiology)

Cheng-Chang Lien (Laboratory of molecular and cellular neurophysiology)


Neural Diseases and Regeneration

Yun-Chia Chou (Laboratory of neurological disease mechanisms)

Mei-Ling Tsaur (Laboratory of nociception/pain)

Yijuang Chern (Laboratory of neural signal transduction, Academia Sinica)

Bing-Wen Soong (Laboratory of neural gene diseases)

Chih-Cheng Chen (Laboratory of acid and pain signal transduction, Academia Sinica)

An-Gour Wang (Laboratory of optic nerve diseases and regeneration, Taipei Veterans General Hospital)


Section 2 (Cognitive Neuroscience)

Focus on:

(1) Aphasia, dyslexia, ADHD, autism, implicit learning, processing of Chinese reading

(2) Integrative neural systems

Research groups:


Cognitive Neuroscience

Ovid JL Tzeng (Laboratory of cognitive neuroscience: cognition and language)

Wen-Jui Kuo (Laboratory of cognitive neuroscience)

Y.-W. Cheng (Social Cognitive Neuroscience

Integrative Functions of Neural Systems

Ching-Po Lin (Laboratory of functional neural connectivity)

Ton-Ping Su (Laboratory of molecular medicine and brain imaging, Taipei Veterans General Hospital)

Jen-Chuen Hsieh (Laboratory of integrative brain function, Taipei Veterans General Hospital)

Keng-Chen Liang (Laboratory of learning and memory, National Taiwan University)