Alex Kwan PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience

Office of Student ResearchInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramNeurobiology: Swartz Program in Theoretical NeurobiologyPsychiatry: Molecular Psychiatry, Division of; Kwan Lab

Research Interests

Neural circuits; Inhibitory neurons; Executive functions; Working memory; Decision-making; Action selection; Two-photon microscopy; Optogenetics; Mouse behavior; Electrophysiology more...


  • B.S., Simon Fraser University, 2003
  • M.S., Cornell University, 2007
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2009

Selected Publications

  • Pinto, L., M.J. Goard, D. Estandian, M. Xu, A.C. Kwan, S.H. Lee, T.C. Harrison, G. Feng, Y. Dan (2013) Fast modulation of visual perception by basal forebrain cholinergic neurons. Nature Neuroscience 16:1857-63.
  • Kwan, A.C., and Y. Dan. (2012) Dissection of cortical microcircuits by single-neuron stimulation in vivo. Current Biology 22:1459-1467.
  • Lee, S.H., A.C. Kwan, S. Zhang, V. Phoumthipphavong, J.G. Flannery, S.C. Masmanidis, H. Taniguchi, Z.J. Huang, F. Zhang, E.S. Boyden, K. Deisseroth, and Y. Dan. (2012) Activation of specific interneurons improves V1 feature selectivity and visual perception. Nature 488:379-383.



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