Department

Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Wan-Chen (Amy) Wu

Graduate Student

Personal Statement:

Program:
IBMS Neuroscience Discipline

Lab Association:
Jason Pugh, Ph.D.

Hobbies and Interests:
Film score, musical and jogging


Education

MS, Biomedical Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai - New York, NY

BS, Physical Therapy
China Medical University - Taichung, Taiwan

Research

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is caused by mutations in the gene for dystrophin. This protein is highly expressed in muscle tissue and loss of dystrophin results in muscle weakness and degeneration. However, dystrophin is also expressed in the central nervous system, with the highest expression in cerebellar Purkinje cells. Amy will investigate the consequences of loss of dystrophin on synaptic transmission and firing in Purkinje cells using acute brain slice and in vivo electrophysiology.

Publications

Arruda-Carvalho, M., Wu, WC., Cummings, KA. and Clem, RL. (2017) Optogenetic examination of prefrontal-amygdala synaptic development J Neurosci. Mar 15;37(11):2976-2985 doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3097-16.2017. Epub 2017 Feb 13