Liqiang Chen, Ph.D.

Liqiang Chen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow, Chu Laboratory


Dr. Liqiang Chen earned his B.S. in biotechnology from Wenzhou Medical University and his Ph.D. in neurobiology from Fudan University. His graduate work focused on the roles of hippocampal microglia in chronic pain-induced depression. As part of this project, he was responsible for electrophysiology of rodent brain and spinal cord slices, as well as other laboratory experiments. In 2019, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Hong-Yuan Chu at Van Andel Institute as a postdoctoral fellow.


Current research focus

The cortico-basal ganglia-thalamocortical network dysfunction following loss of midbrain dopamine is closely linked to the pathophysiology of motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Synaptic and cellular plasticity has been reported in basal ganglia circuit (such as in the striatum, the globus pallidus, and the subthalamus), but little is known about how cortical neurons adapt to dopamine depletion and contribute the pathological network activity in the parkinsonian brain.

Education & Training

Ph.D. in neurobiology, Fudan University (Advisor: Professor Yuqiu Zhang)
Thesis: Involvement of hippocampal microglia in depression induced by chronic pain

B.S. in biotechnology, Wenzhou Medical University


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Yu Y, Tang B, Dai R, Zhang B, Chen L, Yang H, Zhao G, Ding X. 2018. Identification of the streptothricin and tunicamycin biosynthetic gene clusters by genome mining in Streptomyces sp. strain fd1-xmd. Appl Microbiol Biotech 102:2621.