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Xinyang Zhang

Xinyang Zhang

PhD Student

S31
Office Phone: 01223 (7)69013

Biography:

I graduated in Biological sciences from China Agricultural University, Beijing and received my MS in Entomology from Texas A&M University.

I have always found it fascinating to explore the mechanisms animals rely on to  process sensory signals and react on them. My previous researches on olfactory systems of locust and mosquitoes convince me to explore further on neuroethology, especially at the level of individual neurons. Then I did an MPhil in neurobiology at Cambridge and started my PhD in 2016 fully funded by Cambridge Trust and Trinity Henry Barlow scholarships.

My current research is to study brain neurons in crickets using electrophysiological techniques such as intracellular recording and staining as well as calcium imaging. What we aim for is to reveal the neural circuitry from receiving, recognizing, and processing of acoustic signals to generating the motor commands for phonotactic behaviour.