Gang Chen 


       Dr. Chen obtained his Ph.D. Degree from Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. He was a research associate in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University from 2005 to 2011. In March 2011, Dr. Chen joined Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science as a faulty member. Dr. Chen joined Zhejiang University Qiushi Academy of Advanced Science March 2014 as a Professor and Zhejiang Institute Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience and Technology as the Principle Investigator. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Zhejiang University Second Affiliated Hospital and an Adjunct Instructor at Vanderbilt University, as well as a member of Key Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering of Ministry of Education and Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Cardio-Cerebral Vascular Detection Technology and Medicinal Effectiveness Appraisal.

Research Interests:

   Dr. Chen’s research is focused 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. Dr. Chen is also working on developing future generations of prosthetic neural implants for blind subjects to restore vision. He is a member of several scientific and professional societies, including International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Vision Science Society (VSS).



Representative Publications:

01.(2019). 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. 5:eaau7046. *Corresponding author.Impact Factor = 11.5

02.(2018a). 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. 115(41):10505-10501. Impact Factor = 9.504

03.(2018b). Yin H, Fu P, Lu H, Tanigawa H, Roe A, Chen G*. Reply to Doi et al.: Functional architecture matters in the formation of perception. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 115(30):E6969-E6971. *Corresponding authorImpact Factor = 9.504

04.(2017a). 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. 114(49): 13024-13029. *Corresponding authorImpact Factor = 9.504 

05.(2017b). Lu H, Chen G, Cai J, Roe A. Intrinsic signal optical imaging of visual brain activity: tracking of fast cortical dynamics. Neuroimage, 148:160-168. (2017). Impact Factor = 5.426

06.(2016a). Chernov M, Chen G, Torre-Healy L, Friedman R, Roe A. Microelectrode array stimulation combined with intrinsic optical imaging: a novel tool for functional brain mapping. J Neurosci Meth, 263:7-14. Impact Factor = 2.668

07.(2016b). Tanigawa H, Chen G, Roe A. Spatial Distribution of Attentional Modulation at Columnar Resolution in Macaque Area V4. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 10:102. Impact Factor = 3.131

08.(2015). Roe A, Chernov M, Friedman R, Chen G. In vivo mapping of cortical columnar networks in the monkey with focal electrical and optical stimulation and imaging. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 9:135. Impact Factor = 3.152

09.(2014a). Chernov M, Chen G, Roe A. Histological assessment of thermal damage in the brain following infrared neural stimulation. Brain Stimul. 7(3):476-82. Impact Factor = 6.120

10.(2014b). Cayce J, Friedman R, Chen G, Jansen E, Mahadevan-Jansen A, Roe A. Infrared neural stimulation of primary visual cortex in non-human primates. Neuroimage. 84:181-90. (2014). Impact Factor = 5.426

11.(2013). 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. 64(1): 147-155. *Corresponding author. Impact Factor = 5.426

12.(2012a). Chen G**, Wang F**, Dillenburger B, Friedman R, Chen L, Gore J, Avison M, Roe A. Functional magnetic resonance imaging of awake monkeys: some approaches for improving imaging quality. Magn Reson Imaging30(1): 36-47. **Authors contributed equally. Impact Factor = 2.564

13.(2012b). Chen G, Wang F, Gore J, Roe A. Identification of cortical lamination in awake monkeys by high resolution magnetic resonance imaging. NeuroImage59(4): 3441-3449. Impact Factor = 5.426

14.(2010). Lu H, Chen G, Tanigawa H, Roe A. A direction map in macaque V2. Neuron. 68(5): 1002-13. Neuron Video Abstract. Impact Factor = 14.319

15.(2009). Lu H**, Chen G**, Ts’o D, Roe A. A rapid topographic mapping and eye alignment method using optical imaging in Macaque visual cortex. Neuroimage. 44(3): 636-46. (2009). **Authors contributed equally. Impact Factor = 5.426

16.(2008). Chen G, Lu H, Roe A. A map for horizontal disparity in monkey V2. Neuron. 58(3): 442-450. (2008). Impact Factor = 14.319

17.(2005). Chen G, Dan Y, Li C. Stimulation of non-classical receptive field enhances orientation selectivity. Journal of Physiology (London). 564(1): 233-43. (2005). Cover figure. Impact Factor = 4.540

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