Fen-Biao Gao, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Fen-Biao Gao is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). He did his PhD study on neuronal RNA binding proteins in the laboratory of Dr. Jack Keene at Duke University. Then he performed his first postdoctoral training in developmental neurobiology with Dr. Martin Raff at the University College London. During his second postdocral training with Dr. Yuh-Nung Jan at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), he and Dr. Jay Brenman performed the first large-scale unbiased genetic screen to study dendritic morphogenesis in Drosophila. In 2000, he established his laboratory at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease at UCSF and moved to UMMS in 2010. His laboratory studied molecular determinants of dendritic morphogenesis and in recent years has been using both Drosophila and induced pluripotent stem cells as experimental systems to investigate pathogenic mechanisms of FTD-ALS spectrum disorders. He was a Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience, a Klingenstein Fellow in Neuroscience and a recipient of the McKnight Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Award.