Lab June 2022

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


Our lab is awarded a SFARI pilot grant studying functions of autism genes in primate brain development! This is a project co-led by multiple PIs, all Waisman Center investigators: Xinyu Zhao (Neuroscience), Qiang Chang (Genetics and Neurology), Andre Sousa (Neuroscience), and Daifeng Wang (Biomedical Informatics), as well as co-Investigator Dr. Jon Levine (Neuroscience, WNPRC). (news release)

Congratulations to Soraya Sandoval (NTP second year student) for passing her preliminary exam (thesis proposal) on Aug 23!

Our lab (PI Xinyu Zhao) is awarded an Investigator Initiated Research Award (IIRA) grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) to study fragile X syndrome using human patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and differentiated neurons and organoids. Collaborators for this project include Craig Erickson (University of Cincinnati) and the following UW faculty members: Anita Bhattacharyya (co-PI, CRB), Qiang Chang (Genetics and Neurology), Ari Rosenberg (Neuroscience), Andre Sousa (Neuroscience), and Daifeng Wang (Biomedical Informatics). (news release)

Another successful Annual Undergraduate Student Data Blitz on July 26, followed by a celebration at the Terrace! Again, the Sousa lab joined us. Our undergraduate presenters: Sebastian Krebsbach, Duc Phan, Iksha  Dhawan, Ezra Jarzembowski, Callie Greene (Lawrence University), Natalie Wolkoff, Amaya Contractor, Edward Chang. Excellent job done! Congratulations to the presenters, the undergraduate captains/organizers Sabrina Huang and Keegan Schoeller, and their mentors: Yu Gao, Minjie Shen, Kristy Guo, Sabrina Huang, Keegan Schoeller, Moosa Syed, and Carissa Sirois.

Dr. Xinyu Zhao was one of the innovators presented in July 22 World Fragile X Day co-organized by WuXi and the FRAXA Research Foundation, “Fragile X Syndrome: Innovative Approaches to Finding a Cure,”

Congratulations to Sabrina Huang UW-Madison rising senior) for being awarded the very first Morris Aprison Undergraduate Research Scholarship.

Congratulations to Natasha Mendez (MCP second year student) for passing her preliminary exam on July 12.

Congratulations to Kristy and Joe for the birth of their baby girl Jessie on July 1.

Congratulations to Dr. Carissa Sirois (postdoctoral fellow) who is awarded a competitive postdoctoral fellowship from the Autism Science Foundation to support her studies of human fragile X neurons from patients with divergent cortical excitabilities. See their news release!.

Congratulations to Sabrina Huang and Ezra Jarembowski (UW-Madison juniors) for being awarded prestigious Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowships.