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Liang Liang, PhD, BS

Assistant Professor; Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

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Liang Liang, PhD, BS



Liang Liang received her B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Tsinghua University in China. She then moved to the United States and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Stanford University under the supervision of Drs. Liqun Luo and Mark Schnitzer. During her graduate work, Liang identified a novel circuit motif that recruited excitatory and inhibitory channels in parallel to shape odor processing in the fruit fly, using two-photon imaging, laser dissection and optogenetics. She was supported by a Stanford Graduate Fellowship and a Lubert Stryer Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship. Liang joined the groups of Drs. Chinfei Chen and Mark Andermann at Harvard Medical School for her postdoctoral training, where she studied functional organization and state-dependent modulation of retinal axons in the early visual system of awake behaving mice. She was supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB). Liang joined the Department of Neuroscience at Yale School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 2020. Her laboratory studies the computation of information selectivity along the visual hierarchy with a primary focus on the visual thalamic circuitry, taking a combination of in vivo imaging, genetic, behavioral, and computational approaches.

Education & Training

  • Research Fellow
    Boston Children's Hospital (2019)
  • PhD
    Stanford University, Applied Physics (2013)
  • BS
    Tsinghua University, Mathematics and Physics (2006)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
The E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind research awardThe E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation2022
Whitehall Foundation Research GrantWhitehall Foundation2021
Kavli Innovative Research AwardKavli Institute for Neuroscience2021
Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical ResearchRichard and Susan Smith Family Foundation2021
Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in NeuroscienceThe Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation2020
Yale Scholar in NeuroscienceYale School of Medicine2020
Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain Postdoctoral FellowshipSimons Foundation2015
Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate FellowshipStanford University2009
Stanford Graduate FellowshipStanford University2006

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