Rui Chang received his B.S. in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology from Tsinghua University, China in 2005. He then studied sensory transduction with Emily Liman and earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Southern California in 2011. He completed his postdoctoral training with Stephen Liberles at Harvard Medical School, where he investigated how body sensory cues are monitored by the brain through the vagus nerve, and how these internal signals regulate whole body physiology. He joined both the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University School of Medicine in January 2018.
The Chang lab uses state-of-the-art molecular, genetic, and imaging approaches including single-cell gene expression profiling, virus-based anatomical mapping, in vivo imaging, optogenetics, and chemogenetics to reveal the physiological functions of diverse organ-to-brain circuits. The goal is to better understand the important body-brain interface, and to develop novel neuronal-based therapeutic strategies for disease intervention.
|McKnight Neurobiology of Brain Disorders Award||McKnight Foundation||2021|
|NIH Director’s New Innovator Award||NIH||2019|
|Kavli Faculty Innovative Research Award||Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Yale University||2019|
|K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award||NIH-NIDDK||2017|
|Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship||Keystone Symposia||2016|
|American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship||American Heart Association||2016|
|Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Award||Harvard Medical School||2015|
|Harrison Kutz Award||University of Southern California||2011|
|Wu Shunde Scholarship||Tsinghua University||2003|
|Wu Zhande Scholarship||Tsinghua University||2002|