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Yiyang Gong

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering


We're interested in understanding brain function using the combination of genetically encoded sensors and optical techniques. Using genetically encoded tools, we can target specific neuron types or specific projection pathways for recording or perturbation. Using optical microscopy, we can access individual neurons with high spatial and temporal accuracy. By employing and developing tools in both categories, we study brain circuitry by recording, perturbing, and controlling brain activity in various preparations.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering · 2015 - Present Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering
Assistant Professor in Neurobiology · 2015 - Present Neurobiology, Basic Science Departments
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences · 2015 - Present Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, University Institutes and Centers
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society · 2017 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications

Stanford University · 2011 Ph.D.