Chen Gang, Ph.D.


Medical School:Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Academic Rank:Professor

Clinical / Research Interests

Neural mechanisms of vision;

Visual prosthetics;

Visual prosthesis;

Ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging.

Professional Highlights

Professional Appointments

Reviewer, Medical Research Council, UK

Reviewer, Chinese National Science Foundation

Reviewer, National Science Foundation, US

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, US

Education Experience

Research Summary

Prof. Chen's research focuses on vision and, more specifically, the cortical mechanism of vision which involves studying how the visual system interprets visual information and produces the perception of vision. He employs various recording and imaging techniques to monitor and understand the function of the visual cortex across multiple scales, ranging from individual neurons to global inter-cortical neural networks. This includes high-density electrode array recording, multiple-modality optical imaging, and ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging. 

Prof. Chen is also working on developing future generations of prosthetic neural implants for blind subjects to restore vision.


Xu G, Qian M, Tian F, Xu B, Friedman R, Wang J, Song X, Sun Y, Chernov M, Cayce J, Jansen E, Mahadevan-Jansen A, Zhang X*, Chen G*, Roe A*. Focal infrared neural stimulation with high-field funcitonal MRI: A rapid way to map mesoscale brain connectomes. Science Advances. 2019, 5:eaau7046. 

Chernov M, Friedman R, Chen G, Stoner G, Roe A. Functionally specific optogenetic modulation in primate visual cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018, 115(41):10505-10501.

Chen G*, Lu H, Tanigawa H, Roe A. Solving visual correspondence between the two eyes via domain-based population encoding in nonhuman primates. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017, 114(49): 13024-13029.

Lu H, Chen G, Cai J, Roe A. Intrinsic signal optical imaging of visual brain activity: tracking of fast cortical dynamics. Neuroimage, 2017, 148:160-168.

Chen G*, Wang F, Gore J, Roe A. Layer-specific BOLD activation in awake monkey V1 revealed by ultra-high spatial resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging. NeuroImage. 2013, 64(1): 147-155.

Current Program

Regional Innovation Joint Research Funds, Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Zhejiang Joint Research Fund, Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China.

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