Hwai-Jong Cheng, MD, Ph.D.

Hwai-Jong Chen

Position Title
Professor Emeritus

  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


  • Harvard University, Cell and Developmental Biology, Ph.D.
  • National Taiwan University, Medicine, M.D.

Departments: Center for Neuroscience, Pathology - Medicine, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Research Interests:

Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Signal Transduction, Vision, Stem Cell Biology

Research Summary:

We are interested in how mature neural circuits are formed. We have used model organisms such as mouse, C. elegans, and ferret to study how the axonal connections are refined throughout development. These approaches allow us to address basic issues regarding axon refinement at molecular, cellular and systems level.

Highlighted Techniques:

The Cheng Laboratory uses a diverse range of model organisms such as the C. elegans, mouse, and ferret to comparatively study how axonal connections are established and refined throughout development. We use integrative approaches to gain a comprehensive understanding of axon refinement at the molecular, cellular and systems level.


  • NPB 12 Human Brain and Disease (Fall)
  • NPB 100 Neurobiology (Fall)
  • NSC 224AB Molecular and Development Neuroscience (Spring)

Lab Members:

Julie Luu (Postdoctoral fellow), Arash Ng (Postdoctoral fellow), Lindsay Cameron (Junior specialist), Melanie Yoshihara (Junior specialist), Atrin Toussi (undergraduate assistant), Ana Marija Sola (undergraduate assistant)

Lab Rotation Availability: Upon Inquiry
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