The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Chen lab

The focus of research in Gong Chen's lab is neuronal polarity and synapse formation. The lab is also interested in endocytic pathways in neurons and glia.
Chen lab

Chen lab

Gong Chen's lab combines molecular and cellular biology tools together with fluorescence imaging and electrophysiology to study: 1) How actin and microtubule dynamics control neuronal polarity, including the specification, growth, and retraction of axons and dendrites. 2) What is the functional role of cell adhesion molecules during synapse formation and synaptic plasticity? 3) Neuron-glial interactions, focusing on an endocytic pathway in astrocytes newly identified in the lab.