Xiao-Jing Wang, PhD

Visiting Professor of Neuroscience; Visiting Professor

Departments & Organizations

Neuroscience: Kavli Institute for Neuroscience | Swartz Program in Theoretical Neurobiology


Xiao-Jing Wang is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at NYU Shanghai, and Professor of Neural Science at New York University. Wang's research is in Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience, with a focus on the neural circuit mechanisms of decision-making and other higher cognitive functions, as well as their deficits associated with mental illness. In particular, Wang is known for his work on the cellular basis of short-term memory, neural mechanisms for decision-making, communication and synchronization through inhibitory neurons in the brain. His research group is now embarking on a new initiative of developing neurobiologically-realistic large-scale brain circuit models of cognitively-controlled flexible behavior.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship, and the Chinese Government’s 1000 Talent Award. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Wang received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, both with the highest distinction, from the University of Brussels, Belgium.

Education & Training

PhD Universite Libre de Bruxelles (1987)
BS Universite Libre de Bruxelles (1983)

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Xiao-Jing Wang, PhD
Mailing Address
Department of NeurobiologyPO Box 208001
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8001

Computational Laboratory of Cortical Dynamics