Alex Kwan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Kwan Lab | Molecular Psychiatry, Division of

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Office of Student Research

Swartz Program in Theoretical Neurobiology

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience: Behavioral and Systems; Cognitive/Learning and Memory; Neural Disorders; Neurophysiology

Office of Cooperative Research

Biography

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.

Research in the Kwan lab focuses on the prefrontal and premotor cortical regions. We are interested in how circuit mechanisms allow flexibility in voluntary behaviors, and how network dysfunctions underlie cognitive deficits in mental illnesses. Our expertise lies in developing and applying optical methods to record and control neural activity in behaving mouse models.

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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