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    idesous@iu.edu

Izaque de Sousa Maciel

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

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.

 

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
 
  Zhen Xian Niou    niouz@iu.edu

Zhen Xian Niou

niouz@iu.edu

Zhen Xian is a Research Technician 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
 
  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

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.

 
  Eamonn Duffy    epduffy@umail.iu.edu

Eamonn is an undergraduate studying Neuroscience and Chemistry. He joined the lab in 2017, and is interested in how memories are formed at the molecular level. Eamonn is a co-captain of the Hutton Connections Science & Research Huddle and is a member of the Hutton Ethics Planning Committee. Outside of academia, Eamonn enjoys playing piano and cooking.

 
  Gabriel Henrique Dias de Abreu    gdiasdea@iu.edu

Gabriel Henrique Dias de Abreu

gdiasdea@iu.edu

Gabriel is a Brazilian student at the Pharmacy-Biochemistry School at University of Sao Paulo. He has been working for 4 years on neuroinflammatory aspects of neurodegenerative diseases, mainly focusing on pharmacological treatments for Parkinson's disease. In our lab, Gabriel is interested in improving his abilities over biomolecular techniques such as RT-qPCR, genotyping, image analysis and microscopy.

 
  Chuheng Chang    chang12@iu.edu

Chuheng Chang

chang12@iu.edu

Chuheng is a student from Peking University, working as a student intern in our lab. His interest is developmental neurobiology. He had been trying to understand the function of O-GlcNAcylation in neural development by using Drosophila as a model animal. In our lab, Chuheng is interested in the impacts of prenatal cannabis exposures on neural circuits in developing brains. He is also receiving training on histological approaches and confocal microscopy, as well as anatomical data analysis using Imaris. 


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
  Julie Jacob   jacobsshelt@gmail.com    
 Jessica Felker jrfelker@indiana.edu     

Jessica Felker
jrfelker@indiana.edu
 

 

  Adam Corya   awcorya@umail.iu.edu    
 Bruce Henry  bhenry@iupui.edu

Bruce Henry
bhenry@iupui.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.