Professor, Department of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
Director, Transgenic and Genome Editing Core
Department of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
1120 15th Street, Rm. CA3014
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Augusta, GA 30912
1981-1985 BS in Biochemistry, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
1987-1992 PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
and The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston
1992-1995 Postdoctoral fellow, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
The mammalian retina and inner ear are two of the most common places of genetic diseases that cause blindness and deafness due to the degeneration of retinal and inner ear neurons. In order to understand the disease processes, it is crucial to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms regulating the normal development and maintenance of these neurons at the molecular level. My research is centered on identifying genes required for neuron differentiation and survival, investigating the genetic pathways involved in these processes, and developing therapies for blindness and deafness via gene therapy and regeneration.
Transcriptional cascade in the development and maintenance of retinal ganglion cells.
Transcriptional control of neuronal subtype and circuitry formation in the retina.
LIM-codes in the development of neurons and sensory organs of the inner ear.