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Institute of Neuroscience, NYMU

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Cheng-Chang Lien Distinguished Professor (Director)

Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurophysiology

 


(Video) Lien Lab Introduction

Cheng-Chang Lien Distinguished Professor & Director, INS/ Dean, School of Life Sciences

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Tel : Office: (02) 2826-7325 
        Lab: (02) 2826-7000 ext. 6090

Fax: (02) 2821-5307

Education

1. Dean of School of Life Sciences, National Yang-Ming
    University, 
Taiwan (Since 2020/11/2)

2. Distinguished Professor at NYMU, Institute of Neuroscience,
    Taiwan (
Since 2017/8/1)

3. Director of the Institute of Neuroscience, National Yang-
    Ming 
University Taiwan (Since 2017/1/1)

4. Visiting Professor at Charite - Medical University of Berlin,
    Germany (2015~2019)

5. Professor at NYMU, Institute of Neuroscience, Taiwan
   (Since 2015/8/1)

6. Associate Professor at NYMU, Institute of Neuroscience,
    Taiwan (2011/2/1~2015/7/31)

7. Assistant Professor at NYMU, Institute of Neuroscience,
    Taiwan (2006/7/4~2011/1/31)

8. Postdoc. at University of California Berkeley, Department of
    Molecular and Cell Biology, USA (2004/1/26~2006/7/31)

9. Postdoc. at Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg, Germany
   (2003/4/1~2004/2/28)

10. PhD from Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg, Germany
   (1998~2003)

11. Resident at Department of Neurology, National Taiwan
    University Hospital (1997/7/1~1998/6/30)

12. Medical doctor (MD) from China Medical University, Taiwan
    (1990~1997)

 

Honors

1. Honors with Qualifications for Permanent Assessment
    Exemption for Teachers (2020/02) [PDF]
2. NYMU Academic Excellence Award (2017-2019; 2015-2016;
    2013-2014; 2011-2012)
3. Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Outstanding
    Research Award (2016) [PDF]
4. German Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers
    (2016/04/01)
5. "Newly Approved Integrated Research Grants in Health and 
    Medical Sciences" for 3 times (2016/05/25)
6. Young Scientist Award - TienTe Lee Biomedical Foundation 
    (2015/12/21) 
7. NeuroCure Fellow of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
    (2015/10/01)
8. DAAD Scholarship for the research visit at the Institute for 
    Physiology and Pathophysiology,Ruprecht-Karls-Universität 
    Heidelberg, Germany (2012)
9. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship 
    for PhD study (1998-2003)
10. Outstanding Educator Award from School of Medicine,
    NYMU (2018/04, 2017/10, 2016/05, 2015/05, 2013/05,
    2012/05, 2010/11, 2010/03, 2008/10)
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My lab is interested in understanding brain circuits and behavior in health and disease. More recently we have become increasingly interested in neural mechanisms underlying emotion and cognition. We mainly focus on two key regions in the limbic system, that is, the hippocampus and amygdala. To establish causal relationships between brain circuits and behavior, we combine the optogenetic or chemogenetic approach with different readout methodologies including electrophysiology and calcium imaging in freely moving animals. To uncover the input-output organization of the network, we employ optogenetics-assisted circuit mapping in brain slices maintained in vitro or in intact brains. Over the past decade, we have highlighted the relevance of GABAergic circuitry in both network and cognitive functions.

 

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