Principal Investigator

Hui-Chen Lu, is a Gill Chair of Neuroscience in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Her research focuses on the signaling cascades underlying neural circuit connections during brain development, to understand how sensory experiences affect neural circuit wiring, and to identify novel factors required to maintain the health of neural circuits during aging.

Education:

  • B.S., National Taiwan University, 1991

  • Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 1997

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine, 1997-2003

Current Research:

  • Development of cortical neural circuits, in particular on activity-dependent remodeling and how to correct mis-wiring in neurological disorders.

  • Neuroprotective strategies to reserve cognition and to protect against dementia.


ASSISTANT SCIENTISTS

Jui-Yen Huang, Ph.D.    juiyhuan@iu.edu     Curriculum Vitae

Current Research:

  • The role of FGF/FGFR signaling in brain circuitry formation and maintenance.

  • The underlying mechanisms that regulate FGF/FGFR expression.


Post-Doctoral Fellows

Izaque de Sousa Maciel, Ph.D.    idesous@iu.edu

Izaque de Sousa Maciel, Ph.D.

idesous@iu.edu

Izaque de Sousa Maciel is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmacology of the School of Medicine of Ribeirao Preto - University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has investigated the role of immune-inflammatory processes and stress in the depression-like behavior in rodents. He is currently investigating the role of stress on neuron morphology using multi-photon microscopy in awake mice.

Education:

  • B.S. in Pharmacy, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 2012

  • M.S. in Medicine and Science of Health with emphasis on Pharmacology and Biochemistry, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 2014

  • Ph.D. visiting student, Neuroscience Center, University of Helsinki, 2016-2017

  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Ribeirao Preto Medical School, University of Sao aulo, Brazil, 2018


VISITING SCHOLARS

Ya-Chin King, Ph.D.    kingya@iu.edu

Ya-Chin King, Ph.D.

kingya@iu.edu

Ya-Chin King is a visiting scholar at Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan in 1999 and is now a Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Her research interests include: CMOS imaging and sensing arrays, embedded memory technologies and neuromorphic computing.

Education:

  • B.S., National Taiwan University, 1992

  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1994

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1999

Current Research:

  • Imaging and ion sensing arrays for embedded systems

  • Embedded memory technologies for advanced CMOS circuits

  • Neuromorphic circuits and networks


Graduate Students

Sen Yang is a dual Ph.D. student in Psychology & Brain Sciences and Neuroscience at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research interest is in neurodegenerative disease, specifically in the synaptic loss associated with Alzheimer's disease, and mechanisms of learning, memory, and consciousness.

 
Zhen Xian Niou    niouz@iu.edu

Zhen Xian Niou

niouz@iu.edu

Zhen Xian is a Ph.D. student from Taiwan. His research interest is in neural circuitry and development. He assists with cryosectioning and staining in the lab. He is also learning patch clamp and will try to use this technique for further research. 

Education:

  • B.S., National Taiwan Ocean University, 2012

 
Gabriel Henrique Dias de Abreu    gdiasdea@iu.edu

Gabriel Henrique Dias de Abreu

gdiasdea@iu.edu

Gabriel is a P.h.D student from Brazil admitted to the Program in Neuroscience. During his undergraduate course in Brazil at the Pharmacy-Biochemistry School at the University of São Paulo, Gabriel’s work included a rodent animal model of Parkinson’s disease, pharmacological manipulation of the dopaminergic system, and neuroinflammation. His current project at the Lu lab concerns the development of astrocytes and their interactions with the cannabinoids system. Gabriel is focused on learning more about imaging acquisition techniques using confocal and 2-Photon microscopes and how to analyze 3D fluorescent cells. His favorites hobbies include running and outdoor activities with friends.


Research Technicians

Bruna Krebs Kutche    baumgarb@indiana.edu

Bruna Krebs Kutche

baumgarb@indiana.edu

Bruna is a Research Technician from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She studied at UNIRIO - Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and majored in Biology. She has previously done research in Bioinformatics. In the Lu Lab, she is responsible for the multi-photon microscope operation, performing in vitro, in vivo, and awake behaving imaging studies. She also performs data analysis and manages the lab IT functions.

Education:

  • B.S. in Biology, UNIRIO - Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016

 
Romario Pacheco Andrade    ropache@iu.edu     Curriculum Vitae

Romario Pacheco Andrade

ropache@iu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Romario is from São Paulo, Brazil. He studied at Mackenzie Presbyterian University and majored in Biology, and received his teaching certificate in Biological Sciences. His previous research in Brazil pertains to the influence of a chronic fructose diet on the autonomic cardiac function. At Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, he was a part of collaborative work on the expression and location of NKCCs cotransporters in the cell. In the Lu lab he has contributed by analyzing specimen behavior and lab maintenance.

Education:

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brazil, 2014

 
John Reinhart    johreinh@iu.edu

John Reinhart

johreinh@iu.edu


Undergraduate & High-School Students

Tiffany Xie    tifxie@indiana.edu

Tiffany Xie is an undergraduate studying Biology and English. She joined the Lu Lab in 2017 with a focus on Molecular Biology. She writes for the Indiana University Journal of Undergraduate Research blog and is a violist in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Her current project involves examining neurodevelopmental changes in mGluR5 conditional knockout mice.

 

Jie-En Wu is an undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience. She has been in the Lu Lab since 2016, working in mice management. Currently, she is also assisting the research of Dr. Jonathon Crystal. Additionally, she is a member of Alpha Chi Sigma, as well as the Longboarding Club.

 

Emma Balcer is an undergraduate majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Psychology. She also works clinically as a Certified Nursing Assistant in an Alzheimer/Dementia Unit. Additionally, she is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Indiana University Student Foundation, and the Pre-Physician Assistant Club.

 
Theo Knowles    tcknowle@iu.edu

Theo Knowles

tcknowle@iu.edu

Theo Knowles is an undergraduate studying Microbiology with respect to the brain. He comes from Columbus, Ohio and enjoys playing soccer and going on hikes. In the Lu Lab, he is working with Dr. Maciel on his project elucidating the effects of prenatal CBD and THC exposure.

 
Anoosha Sri    asri@iu.edu

Anoosha Sri

asri@iu.edu

 
Xuan Li    xli4@iu.edu

Former Lab Members

Gillian Bradley   gillian.m.bradley@gmail.com   Currently at Penn FTD Center

Gillian Bradley
gillian.m.bradley@gmail.com

Currently at Penn FTD Center

Dena B. Mahmoudi   denabakh@indiana.edu

Dena B. Mahmoudi
denabakh@indiana.edu

Jason Graf   jasongraf6@yahoo.com   Currently at IU School of Medicine

Jason Graf
jasongraf6@yahoo.com

Currently at IU School of Medicine

Marisha Miskus   mmiskus@imail.iu.edu

Marisha Miskus
mmiskus@imail.iu.edu

Carlos Ballester   cb143163@bcm.edu   Currently at Baylor College of Medicine

Carlos Ballester
cb143163@bcm.edu

Currently at Baylor College of Medicine

Jie Zhu   zhujie.usa@hotmail.com   Currently at Baylor Genetics Lab

Jie Zhu
zhujie.usa@hotmail.com

Currently at Baylor Genetics Lab

Chia-Shan Wu   cjwu@tamu.edu   Currently at Texas A&M University

Chia-Shan Wu
cjwu@tamu.edu

Currently at Texas A&M University

Yousuf Ali

Yousuf Ali

Cecilia Ljungberg

Cecilia Ljungberg

Chris Jew

Chris Jew

Hunter Allen   allenhm@gmail.com

Hunter Allen
allenhm@gmail.com

Salil Sharma   salilshar@gmail.com
Chuheng Chang   chris0312@gmail.com

Chuheng Chang
chris0312@gmail.com

Jessica Felker   jrfelker@indiana.edu

Jessica Felker
jrfelker@indiana.edu

Jaanvi Bisariya   jbisariy@iu.edu

Jaanvi Bisariya
jbisariy@iu.edu

Adam Corya   acorya21@gmail.com
Michael Hess   mhess21@iu.edu

Michael Hess
mhess21@iu.edu

Bruce Henry   bhenry@iupui.edu

Bruce Henry
bhenry@iupui.edu

Yi-Ting Huang   yithuang@iu.edu

Yi-Ting Huang
yithuang@iu.edu

Eamonn Duffy   epduffy@umail.iu.edu

Honorary Lab Members

Jana England

Jana England

Trisha Turner

Trisha Turner

Trisha and Jana are the core administrators for the Gill Center and, with their invaluable assistance, have made the research of the all of the Gill Center laboratories possible.

 
Richard Moore

Richard Moore

Jesse Goode

Jesse Goode

Rick and Jesse head-up the workshop for the psychology department. They have helped in numerous ways, including lab modifications to facilitate our work and manufacture of custom tools and prototypes that aid in our ongoing research projects.