Lulu Y. Chen

Lulu Y. Chen
Assistant Professor



Lulu received her B.S. from the California State University, Long Beach where she was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholar in Biological Sciences and completed her undergraduate honors thesis in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry with Dr. Kensaku Nakayama.

Lulu received her PhD from University of California, Irvine under the mentorship of Dr. Christine Gall in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology with support from NIMH pre-doctoral NRSA fellowship award. During her graduate training with Drs. Christine Gall and Gary Lynch, she focused on investigating the synaptic mechanisms underlying LTP (long term potentiation) and memory consolidation and identified learning induced activation of neurotrophic signaling in adult synapses.

To further investigate the deep connections between synapses, brain function, and cognitive disorders, Lulu conducted her post-doctoral training at Stanford University with Dr. Thomas S├╝dhof (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2013) in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology with support from NIMH post-doctoral NRSA fellowship award. Her work focused on functional characterization and molecular dissection of the development and maintenance of synapses using novel conditional knockout mouse models of adhesion molecules which are implicated in many psychiatric disorders.

Lulu is now a faculty member in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiolgy, and the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at UC Irvine. Her lab will focus on understanding the neuronal mechanisms underlying basic cognitive processes implicated in neuropsychiatric disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Schizophrenia and intellectual disabilities.