Located at the Waisman Center of University of Wisconsin-Madison, our laboratory is part of the Department of Neuroscience and Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center.   We strive to adapt, develop, and integrate state-of-art approaches to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying neurogenesis and neuronal development.

Contact Phone: (608) 890-4392; follow us: twitter: @lab_zhao


We are excited to welcome Natasha Mendez (Molecular Cellular Pharmacology Training Program, MCP) to join our lab for her PhD training.

We are excited to welcome SuDharsan Kannan back to our lab in spring 2021 as a PhD student of Neuroscience Training Program (NTP)!

Congratulations to Tomer Korabelnikov (UW-Madison Biology graduate, currently research intern in our lab) for being accepted by the medical school of University of Massachusetts!.

Congratulations to Jonathan Le (UW-Madison Biology graduate, currently research intern in our lab) for being accepted by the PharmD program at School of Pharmacy of UW-Madison!.

Xinyu Zhao has become a faculty for Faculty Opinions (previously known as Faculty1000) https://facultyopinions.com/prime/home

It is Waisman annual Whirl again: https://lnkd.in/gVqkwWM. 
I invite you to join our “Stem cells for treatment team” to raise fund for Waisman intellectual development and disability research! 

The UW Research Core Revitalization Application submitted by Xinyu Zhao (faculty director of Waisman BTS) and Jules Panksepp (BTS Core manager) is awarded. Now we will be able to upgrade several key equipment at Waisman BTS (see news release)

Congratulations to Keegan Schoeller (UW Biology senior) is awarded the prestigious Waisman Center Intellectual Development and Disability  Research 2020 Undergraduate Student Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Minjie Shen (postdoctoral fellow) who receives second year renewal of a highly competitive postdoctoral fellowship from Fragile X Research Foundation (FRAXA).

Congratulations to Johnson Hoang who will be a medical student with full scholarship at UW-Madison!

Congratulations to Ryan Risgaard who will be a MD/PhD (MSTP) trainee at UW-Madison!

Congratulations to SuDharsan Kannan who will be a PhD trainee of the Neuroscience Training Program (NTP) at UW-Madison!

Congratulations to Jack Hunt (MSTP/CMB trainee) for successfully defending his PhD dissertation and moving onto his last year of MSTP training!

Our New Publications:

Zhao X and van Praag H. “Steps towards standardized quantification of adult neurogenesis” Nature Communications, Aug 27 2020. (Open access https://rdcu.be/b6thC)

Yu Gao,Minjie Shen,Jose Carlos Gonzalez,Qiping Dong,Sudharsan Kannan,Johnson T. Hoang,Brian E. Eisinger,Jyotsna Pandey,Sahar Javadi,Qiang Chang,Daifeng Wang,Linda Overstreet-Wadiche,Xinyu Zhao RGS6 Mediates Effects of Voluntary Running on Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis . Cell Reports Aug 4 2020 DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2020.107997 see a news release of this paper.

Li M, Shin J,Risgaard RD, Parries MJ,Wang J,Chasman DA, Liu S, Roy S,Bhattacharyya A, and Zhao X. Identification of FMRP regulated molecular networks in human neurodevelopment. Genome Res. 2020 Mar 16. doi: 10.1101/gr.251405.119. see a news release on this paper.