Welcome to the Wang lab, starting at 2020/01!
We are hiring!
We will join the Department of Integrative Biology
at UW-Madison in 2020/01.
The Wang lab focuses on studying how the brain controls behaviors. Despite being an evolutionary conserved behavior, sleep remains one of the most intriguing mysteries in biology. The goal of the Wang lab is to understand the molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms underlying sleep. We use C. elegans as a model system and exploit its advantages: powerful genetics, optical transparency, and a small nervous system with well-defined anatomical connectivity, to study the complex regulation of sleep. To identify the molecular and neural basis of sleep, we take an integrative approach by combining classic molecular and genetic tools with state-of-the-art techniques, such as optogenetics, in vivo live imaging, genome editing, and next generation sequencing. In parallel, we also develop novel genetic tools to facilitate systematic dissection of the sleep circuit at single neuron resolution.