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


Congratulations to Sabrina Huang for being accepted by Medical School of UW-Madison! Sabrina joined our lab in September 2019 as a freshman and will graduate in May 2023 with BS in Neurobiology. She is currently a Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellow and Aprison Undergraduate Research Fellow. She is also our Undergraduate Captain. Sabrina’s research mentor is Kristy Guo.

Welcome Zhiyan Xu, CMB first year PhD student, to join our lab!

New Publications:

  • Gao Y, Syed M%, and Zhao X. Mechanisms underlying the effect of voluntary running on adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Hippocampus 2023  Mar 9. PMID: 36892196 DOI: 10.1002/hipo.23520
  • Chenfeng He, Noah Cohen Kalafut, Soraya O. Sandoval$, Ryan Risgaard$, Carissa L. Sirois, Chen Yang, Saniya Khullar$, Marin Suzuki, Xiang Huang, Qiang Chang, Xinyu Zhao Andre M.M. Sousa, Daifeng Wang:  Brain and Organoid Manifold Alignment (BOMA) reveals cell-type developmental functional genomics across in-vivo brains and in-vitro organoids. Cell Reports Methods 2023 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crmeth.2023.100409). (news release) (In this collaborative paper, Soraya and Carissa in our lab generated and analyzed human forebrain organoids to compare with human brains as a validation of BOMA computation method)
  • Ludwig AL$, Mayerl SJ$, Gao Y, Banghart M, Bacig C, Fernandez Zepeda MA, Zhao X, Gamm DM. Re-formation of synaptic connectivity in dissociated human stem cell-derived retinal organoid cultures.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2023 Jan 10;120(2):e2213418120. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2213418120. (In this collaborative paper, Yu Gao in our lab created all the rabies virus for monosynaptic tracing and lentivirus targeting starter cells)