Lab Members


Tian Xue, Ph.D. (Principle Investigator)
Professor, School of Life Sciences
University of Science & Technology of China(USTC)
443Huangshan Street, Hefei City, Anhui 230027, P.R.China

Education and Appointment:

09/2012–present:  Professor, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)
06/2011-08/2012: Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
03/2006-05/2011: Postdoctoral Fellow (with Dr. King-Wai YAU) Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Neuroscience
09/2000-05/2005: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Cellular & Molecular Physiology
09/1995-06/2000:  B.S., University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Biophysics  and Neuroscience; Special Class for Gifted Young (SCGY)

Honors & Awards:
2003    American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions Selected Late-Breaking Science
2004    NIH Stem Cells Scholarship at the Keystone Stem Cells Symposium, NIH
2006       BEST BASIC SCIENCE PAPER by Circulation, AHA
2007    Final list of Life Science Research Foundation Fellowships
2007    Best Poster Award (3 out of entire Johns Hopkins Neuroscience Department)

Research Field of Interest:

Phototransduction, Non-image vision, Stem Cell, Photoreceptor Regeneration
(Lab of Sensory Neuroscience)

Lab members:

Jin Bao, Ph.D,Professor

Research interests:

      Synaptic plasticity in neuronal circuit;

      Non-imaging-forming vision;

      Neuronal basis of psychiatric disease.


Mei Zhang, Ph.D, Asistant professor

Research interests:

      The molecular mechanisms underlying mammalian retinal development;
      Stem cell- and gene-based therapies for retinal degeneration diseases; 


Jutao Chen, Ph.D, Associate professor

Li Chen, Secretary

Changjie Ouyang ,Associate Professor

Clinical medicine, Xuzhou Medical University

Research interests:  IpRGC Subcortical nerve circuits.

Jianjun Meng,Postdoc

Ph.D ,School of Life Science Fudan University,

Research interests:Glucose homeostasis.

Yuqian MaPostdoc
Ph.D, University of Science and Technology of China

Research interests: Phototransduction in ipRGC / NIR vision.

 Dali Tong, Postdoc

Ph.D, Institute of Neuroscience,Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research interests: In vivo gene editing.

Guang Li, Ph.D

B.S. Bioinformatics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology.  

Research interests: Chemosensation and light sensation in both invertebrate and vertebrate animals.

Min Wei,Ph.D Candidate

B.S. Biology, Anhui Normal University

Research Interests: LncRNA Functional Prediction and single cell analysis

Yiming Shi,Ph.D Candidate

B.S. Bioengineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics(BUAA).

Research interests: IpRGCs and pattern vision

Haohuan Xie,Ph.D Candidate

B.S. Biotechnology, Hunan University.

Research interests: In vitro differentiation of human iPS cells into retinal cells, compared with human fetal retinal development by ATAC-seq and RNA-seq analysis.

Shouzhen Li,Ph.D Candidate

B.S. University of Science and Technology of China

Research interests: Visual Regeneration.

Kai An,Ph.D Candidate

B.S. Biotechnology, Zhengzhou University

Research interests: Neural circuit of negative mood caused by light; Circadian rhythm-gated mechanism.


Master of Science in Physiology, School of Life Science, Northeast Normal University

Research interests: Non-image vision, Neurobehavioral studies, Learning and memory

Jiaxi Hu,Ph.D Candidate

B.S. Biology science,Sichuan University. 

Research interests: Non-image forming vision and its subcortical neural circuitry.

Juan Cheng,Researcher

Ph.D,Anhui Medical university 

Research interests: Sleep and biological rhythm.

Lingyun Li,Ph.D Candidate

B.S. Biology,Anhui University
Research interests:Retinal organoid maturation.

Wenyang Yi,Ph.D Candidate

B.S. Department of biosafety, Southwest University

Research interests: Retina development and the difference of retina macula and periphery.

Jiaming Zhang,Ph.D Candidate

B.S. Food Science and Engineering ;Northeast Agricultural University

Research interests: Image vision of iPRGCs

Tasneem akhtar,Ph.D Candidate

Master of Neurobiology, UVAS pakistan

Research interests: Stem cell technology.

Shen JIAWEI, Graduate Student

B.S. Animal Science, Northeast Agriculture University

Research Interests: Circadian Rhythm, Homeostasis, Image Vision and In vivo Calcium imaging.

Xiao SunGraduate Student

B.S. Veterinary Medicine,Southwest University 

Research interests: Mechanical analysis of the differentiation of the iPSCs toward retina.

Yichuan YaoGraduate Student

B.S. Biology, Lanzhou University.

Research interests: In vivo gene editing.

Ying Miao, Graduate Student

B.S. Biological sciences ,LanZhou University

Research interests:The neural circuit mechanism of the influence of vision on predatory behavior.

Xin Fang, Graduate Student

B.S. Biological science,Anhui University

Research interests:Non-visual light signaling transmission  mechanism in ipRGC.

Yufei Li, Graduate Student

Biomedical technology, Northeast  Forestry University.

Research interests:Optical-Learning Memory Circuit Mechanism Mediated by Non-imaging Vision System.

Yanping SUN, Graduate Student

B.S. Biostatistics, Anhui University

Research Interests: Visual Neurology and Single Cell Analysis.

Xinfeng Huang,Graduate Student

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Hunan University.

Research interests: Non-image forming vision and its subcortical neural circuitry.

Yunuo Chen,Undergraduate

Biological Sciences, Lanzhou University.

Research interests: Visual Neurology and Retina Single Cell Sequencing.

ZiShuo Li,Undergraduate

Biotechnology, Northeast Forestry University

Research interests: Phototransduction in ipRGC / NIR vision.

Hang Zhao,Undergraduate

Biotechnology, Zhengzhou Univercity

Xialin Li,Undergraduate
Biotechnology, Nanjing Normal University