Assistant Scientist and Principal Investigator: Tianyi Mao
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Tianyi Mao Lab
Vollum Institute, L474
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR 97239-3098
The research mission of the Mao Lab is to gain mechanistic understanding of the neural circuitry underlying motor control and sensori-motor integration in both normal and motor deficient animals. We value high quality science, collaboration and career development for young scientists. RO1 funded postdoctoral fellow positions are currently available. We also encourage graduate students and undergraduate students who are excited by our research to contact us. Please email Tianyi Mao (email@example.com) with any inquiries.
A Comprehensive Thalamocortical Projection Map at the Mesoscopic Level
The Mao Lab used modern viral tracing techniques and high-speed imaging to label thalamic projections and image their cortical targets from 75 brains with 254 injections. A comprehensive thalamocortical projection map, with a quantitative description of the thalamic origin of 19 cortical targets is presented.
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Current Lab Members
Tianyi Mao, Assistant Scientist and Principal Investigator
After earning her BS in Biological Science and Biotechnology at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in 1997, Mao received her PhD in Neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2005. She did postdoctoral research at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and then at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus. Mao was appointed as an assistant scientist at the Vollum Institute in September 2010.
Clayton Collins, Research Assistant
Clayton graduated from Whitman College in 2015 with degrees in BBMB (Biophysics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology) and Music. At Whitman, he studied the properties of microglia during development. In the Mao lab he examines circuits innervating the subventricular zone, as well as other areas. His interests outside of the lab include spaghetti dinners, jazz music, and the Wild Waves Theme Park.
Barbara Jeannie Hunnicutt, Graduate Student
Jeannie is currently a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. She earned her BS in Cell Biology & Neuroscience at Montana State University where she studied neuronal coding of working memory and peripheral nervous system development. Jeannie is characterizing the functional circuitry of the basal ganglia. She was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship as well as a Tartar Research Fellowship. Outside of the lab, Jeannie is involved in science education as a volunteer in the Life Lab at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).
Bart Jongbloets, Postdoc
Bart joined the Mao lab in summer 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow. He earned his PhD at the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, Department of Translational Neuroscience, in Utrecht, the Netherlands. During his graduate studies he identified novel roles for Semaphorin 7A, an axon guidance protein, in the adult brain. By combining his expertise in biochemistry and genetics with electrophysiology, optogenetics and 2-photon imaging, Bart will investigate the heterogeneity of functional circuitry in the striatum. Outside the lab, Bart enjoys testing new cooking protocols and kitesurfing in the wind and waves off the Oregon coast.
Maozhen Qin, Lab Manager
Maozhen obtained a bachelor's degree in nursing in China and has been working as a research assistant since 2008. She joined the Mao lab in 2011 where she quickly became the "go-to" person for genotyping, culturing slices, performing animal surgeries, and maintaining the inventory of lab supplies. Outside of work, Maozhen enjoys camping and hiking.
|Name||Years in Lab||Lab Position||Current Position|
|Jessica Li||2011||Summer student||Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University|
|Brian Long||2010–2013||Postdoc||Scientist, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle|
|Jian Qiu||2012–2013||Postdoc||Research Assistant Professor, Physiology & Pharmacology, OHSU|
|Nicole Vollum||2013||Student||Undergraduate Student, Reed College, Portland|