Fen-Biao Gao, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Fen-Biao Gao is the inaugural Governor Paul Cellucci Chair in Neuroscience Research and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). He did his PhD study on neuronal RNA binding proteins at Duke University. Then he performed his postdoctoral trainings in developmental neurobiology with Dr. Martin Raff at the University College London and Dr. Yuh-Nung Jan at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). In 2000, he established his own laboratory at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease at UCSF and then moved to UMMS in 2010. His laboratory studied molecular mechanisms of dendritic morphogenesis and in recent years uses Drosophila, transgenic mice and patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) as experimental systems to investigate pathogenic mechanisms and therapeutic targets of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was a Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience, a Klingenstein Fellow in Neuroscience and a recipient of the McKnight Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Award. He received a Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from NIH in 2017.