The Wang Research Group

Overview

The brain is not just a bag of chemicals, and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety are not just the imbalance of the chemicals. Instead, many structures and processes are involved. Dr. Wang’s lab is interested in the functions of interneurons in mood disorders. There are many types of inhibitory interneurons in the brain, and they are involved in brain functions in distinct ways. The lab currently focuses on the three non-overlapping subtypes of interneurons and how their activities change during animal depression-like behavior with or without antidepressants.

Students in the lab participate in many aspects of the research from the design of experiments, to the interpretation and communication of the results. Outside of the lab, students regularly present background mini-lectures and publications to the lab team. Inside the lab, they are exposed to basic neuroscience techniques such as animal behavior, brain slicing, immunohistochemistry, and fluorescent microscopy.  They also many opportunities for poster and oral presentation at conferences.

Lab setup and the current preliminary research is funded by a grant from the Arkansas Ideas Network for Biomedical Research.