Dr Wenchang Li:
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Dr Wenchang Li
University of St Andrews
tel: 01334 463579
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School of Psychology and Neuroscience
Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences
IBANS Animal Cognition
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My research uses young frog tadpoles as a simple model system to study the basic neuronal mechanisms underlying motor control. Apart from basic motor reflexes, tadpoles can swim forward when touched and struggle when held, with both behaviour powered by axial muscles. They also exhibit some acute, concussion-like response when swim into solid objects. The tadpole spinal cord and hindbrain are simple and highly accessible for recordings, making it an ideal place to investigate rules that may be common to the movements of different animal species. I’m also interested in how these mechanisms mature during neural development. Our research methods include electrophysiology, calcium imaging, optogenetics, mRNA microinjections, anatomy and computer modelling.
Yi Lou PhD student funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council and the University of St Andrews.
PhD positions: I always welcome inquiries from students with genuine research interests on potential PhD projects, which can be on either locomotion or developmental plasticity. You should hold or expect to hold at least an upper second first degree in neuroscience or related subjects.
New PhD research project *EASTBIO* "Whole brain imaging of neuronal activities during motor behaviour using novel molecular tools". Please contact me if you need more details.
China Scholarship Council and University of St Andrews Scholarships This is suitable for students of Chinese nationality in the last year of your BSc or MSc study. The deadline of which is usually January every year. Therefore you need to contact me well in advance to discuss potential projects for your application.
Postdoctoral positions: One post is coming shortly to study how tadpole nervous system switches between swimming and struggling motor programmes. please get in touch if you are interested.
Former lab members
Nicola Porter: PhD student funded by BBSRC, now a free lance science writer.
Dr Peter Moult: postdoctoral research fellow funded by Wellcome Trust, now a lecturer at Abertay University.
Dr Hong-Yan Zhang: short-term postdoctoral research fellow funded by Wellcome Trust, now has her own lab in the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Erik Svensson: postdoctoral research fellow funded by BBSRC, now a postdoctoral researcher in Uppsala Universitet in Sweden.
Monica Wagner: research assistant funded by BBSRC, now being trained to become a vet.
Prof Roman Borisyuk at Plymouth University
Prof Keith Sillar at the University of St Andrews
Dr Hong-Yan Zhang: at the University of Edinburgh
Dr Xinhua Shu: at Glasgow caledonian University
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Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 2019 vol.13
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2019 vol.286
Current Opinion in Physiology 2019 vol.8 pp.109-115
The Journal of Physiology vol.In press
Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience vol.8