Alex Kwan

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology

Departments & Organizations

Kwan Lab

Molecular Psychiatry, Division of



Dr. Kwan received a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Simon Fraser University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University. At Cornell, he developed nonlinear optical microscopy methods in the laboratory of Watt Webb. In 2009, he went to the University of California, Berkeley as a Croucher Foundation Fellow to work in the laboratory of Yang Dan, where he studied cortical GABAergic interneurons. He joined the Yale School of Medicine faculty in 2013.

Dr. Kwan is applying cellular resolution optical imaging technologies to study the neural circuitry of depression and schizophrenia. His laboratory focuses on the microcircuit organization and function of the mouse prefrontal cortex. His long-term goal is to understand how dysfunctional neural information processing may underlie the cognitive deficits associated with psychiatric disorders.

Education & Training

PhD Cornell University (2009)
MS Cornell University (2007)
BS Simon Fraser University (2003)

Honors & Recognition

  • NARSAD Young InvestigatorBrain and Behavior Research Foundation (2014)

  • Society of Biological Psychiatry Travel FellowshipSociety of Biological Psychiatry (2014)

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Contact Info

Alex Kwan
Office Location
300 George Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Kwan Lab