Alex Kwan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Division of Molecular Psychiatry | Kwan Lab | Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, and Neurogenetics, Division of | Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP)

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Swartz Program in Theoretical Neurobiology

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

Office of Cooperative Research


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 circuit mechanisms enable flexible decision-making, and how network dysfunctions underlie stress-related 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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Alex Kwan, PhD
Office Location
Room 9144300 George Street
New Haven, CT 06511
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