Host institution: Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Project Supervisor: Prof Beata Sperlagh
I graduated from Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a research interest of purinergic signalling and acupuncture analgesia. From November 2015 to September 2017, I obtained a scholarship of China Scholar Council (CSC) to pursue further studies as a joint master student in the Rudolf Boehm Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Leipzig. During supervision by Prof Peter Illes for almost two years, I investigated the interaction between ASIC3 and P2X3 receptors with the patch clamp technique, and ultimately found a new type of cognate receptors responding to both protons and ATP. The paper has been published in Nature Communications as an equally contributing author.
Why are you doing a PhD?
I am interested in the contribution of P2X7R to pathophysiological cascade of brain disorders, especially schizophrenia. The great interest motivated me to apply for the PhD position in order to make successful efforts in the field of research associated with P2X7R receptors.
The application of optogenetics in neural circuit.