July 2021

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


Congratulations to Soraya Sandoval (NTP student) for receiving a competitive award from NIH supplemented to our grant to support the initial phase of her graduate training.

Congratulations to Dr. Carissa Sirois (postdoctoral fellow) who receives two highly competitive postdoctoral grants from UW-Madison stem cell center (SCRMC) and Fragile X Research Foundation (FRAXA) to support her studies of human fragile X neurons from patients with divergent cortical excitabilities.

Congratulations to Tomer Korabelnikov (UW-Madison Biology graduate, research intern in our lab), now a medical student in the medical school of University of Massachusetts for being awarded a competitive VA scholarship!.

Our New Publications:

Shen M, Guo Y, Dong Q, Gao, Y, Stockton ME, Li M, Kannan S, Korabelnikov T, Schoeller, AK, Sioris CL, Zhou C, Le J, Chang C,  Sun, Q-Q, Wang D, and Zhao X. FXR1 regulation of parvalbumin interneurons in the prefrontal cortex is critical for schizophrenia-like behaviors. Mol Psychiatry 2021 Apr 16. doi: 10.1038/s41380-021-01096-z. PMID: 33863995. see news release

Joel Richter and Xinyu Zhao: The molecular biology of FMRP: new insights into fragile X syndrome. Nature Review Neuroscience 2021. ( link)