Invited Speaker Fen-Biao Gao, PhD

This past Friday, April 14th, we had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Fen-Biao Gao the Paul Cellucci Chair in Neuroscience Research and Professor of Neurology at the UMass Chan Medical school. Dr. Gao was chosen by our Post Doc committee to come share his research. Dr. Gao is a highly respected and influential researcher who has made significant contributions to the field. They shared their insights and expertise with us on the topic of ‘Pathogenic Mechanisms of C9ORF72-ALS/FTD: Insights from Drosophila and iPSC Models’.

Dr. Fen-Baio Gao

Dr. Gao received his PhD degree from Duke University and did postdoctoral trainings at UCL and UCSF. He started his own lab at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease at UCSF in 2000 and moved to UMass Chan in 2010. Dr. Gao received a Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the NINDS/NIH and a McKnight Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Award from the McKnight Foundation. He was also a Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience and a Klingenstein Fellow in Neuroscience.

These are opportunities are so important to the CNG for many reasons. It helps with our Post Docs on their networking, it allows for knowledge exchange throughout the center with opportunities for further collaboration and helps build a community in this field of research among peers who share similar interest.

Thank you to Dr. Fen-Biao Gao for a great visit to the Center for NeuroGenetics and the University of Florida.

Our next speaker coming up will be Dr. Chris Burge from MIT giving his presentation on ‘Learning the Rules of RNA Splicing’ on April 27th! Send us an email for more details: