Alex Kwan

Alex Kwan

PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Information

Alex Kwan, PhD

Office Location

  • 300 George Street
    New Haven, CT, 06511
Alex Kwan

Appointments

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 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 mouse prefrontal cortex. We are interested in how cortical circuits enable flexible decision-making, and how dendritic dysfunctions underlie neuropsychiatric disorders. Our expertise lies in developing and applying optical methods to record and control neural activity in behaving mice.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Cornell University (2009)
  • MS
    Cornell University (2007)
  • BS
    Simon Fraser University (2003)
  • Postdoctoral
    University of California, Berkeley (2009 - 2013)

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