Dr Tie Yuan Zhang, MD, MSc, PhD
- Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
- Lead Researcher, Optoneuroepigenetics Lab, Douglas Research Centre Douglas Mental Health University Institute
- Principal Investigator, Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health
Douglas Mental Health University Institute
6875, boulevard LaSalle, Montréal, QC, H4H 1R3, Canada
Telephone: +1 514 761 6131 Ext. 6178
Area of Research
In the prenatal, early-childhood and adolescent periods, epigenetic changes profoundly influence brain development and establish an individual’s susceptibility to mental health problems across their lifetime. Whether these epigenetic changes are part of normal development or induced by exposure to adversity, our knowledge of the underlying mechanisms is still in the exploratory stages and a key focus of Dr Zhang’s research.
Dr Zhang combines ten years of neuroepigenetics expertise with new technologies, specifically, optogenetics and next-generation sequencing techniques, to characterize the critical brain circuits and transcriptional pathways. His research in animals focuses on elucidating gene expression and brain-circuit activity regulating maternal behavior and the resulting impact on an offspring’s neurodevelopment.
Publications & Impact Profile
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