Xiaoting Wu, PhD
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Research Topics
Autism, Cognitive Neuroscience, Electrophysiology, Hippocampus, Memory, Neurobiology, Neuromodulation, Neuropeptides, Neuroscience, Neurotransmitters, Synapses, Synaptic Plasticity, Systems Neuroscience
Multi-Disciplinary Training Area
Neuroscience [NEU]
The Wu laboratory is focused on understanding the neurobiology of social cognition. We live in a social environment and the ability to distinguish various individuals, form memories of social encounters and make appropriate decisions is pivotal to our lives. How do neural circuitries and synaptic plasticity mediate social cognitive processes? Our lab uses multi-disciplinary approaches across molecular, synaptic, and behavioral scales to investigate this question. We employ techniques such as optogenetics, fiber photometry, electrophysiology, and single cell transcriptomics to uncover the mechanisms underlying social cognition.

PhD, University of Cambridge

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University


Trainee Professional Development Award

Society for Neuroscience


K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award



DFG Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

German Research Foundation


FES Pre-doctoral Fellowship

Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung


Erasmus Exchange Scholarship

Erasmus Foundation

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