Guan Wang

ChinaFulbright S&T awardee 2008 | Boston University | Neuroscience

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Guan Wang is a Ph. D. candidate in Neuroscience at Boston University. He investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms of signal transmission and synaptic plasticity in the mammal brain. By utilizing diverse molecular and cellular biology techniques like Western blotting, live cell imaging, and immunocytochemical staining, Guan is trying to uncover the extremely complicated mechanisms of molecular signaling in the mammal brain through the dynamics and regulatory molecules of glutamate receptors (AMPA, NMDA and Kainate type), which mediate most of the signal transmission in the mammal brain.

An International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow from China, Guan received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry (A&F) University in Xi’an, China and his Master’s degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. Guan studied the giant panda in China for three years during his Master’s program and spent over two years tracking and directly observe the behavior of wild giant panda individuals in the deep mountains in Western China. Motivated by his strong interests in animal behavior, Guan came to Boston University to study behavioral neuroscience. While in Boston, he decided to focus on cerebral signal transmission, since it is foundational to all the normal brain functions and behavior of animals.