Principal Investigator:

Juan Song

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Dr. Juan Song is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She earned her Ph.D in neuroscience from the University of California-Berkeley in 2007. Between the years 2007 and 2013, she performed postdoctoral research on adult neurogenesis at Johns Hopkins University. In 2013, she moved on to create her own lab here at the University of North Carolina. She has won numerous honors and written several peer-reviewed publications.

Assistant Research Faculty:

Brent Ariscan


Brent Ariscan is an assistant research faculty member who joined the Song lab in 2016. Brent obtained his Ph.D in neuroscience from Brandeis University in 2007 studying long-term potentiation (LTP) in the CA1 region of the hippocampus, specializing in electrophysiology and advanced microscopy. He then worked as a postdoctoral associate in the lab of George Augustine testing optogenetic tools for circuit-based mapping of neuronal inputs. From 2008 to 2015, he worked with Chay Kuo at Duke university where he studied neuronal circuitry involved in postnatal neurogenesis at the subventricular zone. He has joined the Song lab here at the University of North Carolina to continue his work on the implications of circuit-driven neurogenesis.

Post-doctoral Fellows:

Chia-Yu Yeh

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Chia-Yu Yeh is a post-doc in Song Lab. Chia-Yu obtained her Ph.D from the University of Manchester (U.K.) in 2013. Her dissertation thesis was on astrocytic changes during Alzheimer’s disease pathology by using 3xTg-AD animal model. Chia-Yu has been a cornerstone member in Song Lab since 2014. Her two favorite things about Song Lab are the combination of novel ideas with cutting-edge techniques and the camaraderie of her colleagues. Her main project in the lab is on the regulation mechanism of local glutamatergic input (Mossy cells) on adult neurogenesis. Her side project is on astrocytic regulation on adult neurogenesis.

Lab Manager:

Szuaun Lim


Szu-Aun Lim graduated with highest honors in May 2016 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She obtained a B.S. in Biology, a B.A. in Chemistry, and a minor in Cognitive Science. Szu-Aun has been in the Song Lab since Summer 2014 and has accepted a full-time position as lab manager in addition to her role in conducting research. She is currently focused on the involvement of CCK in regulating adult neurogenesis.

Graduate Students:



Hechen Bao is a doctoral student in Shanghai Jiao Tong University where he is majoring in Biology. He obtained his B.Sc in Biotechnology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2011. He has been a core member in Song Lab since 2014. He is currently a visiting scholar in Song Lab. He specializes in in-vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics. His favorite thing about the lab is applying novel strategies and advanced approaches on various interesting projects.

Andrew Crowther

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Andrew Crowther is a doctoral student in the School of Medicine – Neurobiology curriculum at UNC. He obtained his B.Sc in Biology from North Carolina State University in 2009. Andrew worked in Timothy Gershon’s Lab at UNC studying cerebellar development and medullo blastoma prior to applying to graduate school here. He has been an indispensable member of Song Lab since 2014. His favorite aspects of the lab are the innovative approaches used to conduct research, including neural circuit activity imaging and cell-type specific circuit modulation.



Josh Wooten is a doctoral student in the Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology at UNC. He obtained his B.Sc in Biology from UNC in 2011. He did some post-bacc work here for 2 years and then work at Angelique Whitehurst’s Lab at the University of Texas Southwestern for 1 year. He has been a central figure in the lab since 2014. His research is focused on RNA profiling of activity-dependent changes in neurogenesis. His favorite aspects of the lab are the innovative approaches to new problems in science.

Undergraduate Students:


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Ashley Han is a Biology major (class of 2018) who is minoring in Chemistry and Music. Ashley has been in Song Lab since Fall 2015. For her, the best part about working in the lab is learning something new every single day and seeing concepts from the classroom come to life.


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Jessica Hu is an Exercise and Sport Science major (class of 2018) who is minoring in Chemistry and Neuroscience. Jessica has been in Song Lab since Fall 2015. She enjoys getting a hands-on experience in lab and the challenge of working with a variety of laboratory techniques. Outside of the lab, Jessica also competes in figure skating.


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Ao “Joseph” Qiao is a Biology and Chemistry double major (class of 2018) who is minoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. Ao has been in Song Lab since Spring 2015. His favorite thing about the lab is being able to put what he is learning in classes to use.


Past Members:

Nicholas Boyer
Alex Chung
Erin Graham
Isaac Haniff
Ting He
Sally Kim
Sue Liu
Viren Makhijani
Jesse Niehaus
Reid Olsen
Sarah Rhie
María Luisa Torruella Suarez
Randall Ung
Hannah Verrilli
Bruce Zhang