The cerebral cortex directs the brain’s higher cognitive and emotional functions. The size of neocortex and number of neurons are different among species. My research interest is focused on answering the question ‘what makes human brain unique’. I will work on looking for key regulators which function in cortical expansion and evolution.
Cooking and reading
Wu Q, Liu J, Fang A, Li R, Bai Y, Kriegstein AR, and Wang X. Chapter2:The Dynamics of Neuronal Migration, Cellular and Molecular Control of Neuronal Migration, 1st Edition. 2014, Springer, ISBN 978-94-007-7687-6 Wang Y*, Wu Q*, Yang P, Wang C, Liu J, Ding W, Liu W, Bai Y, Yang Y, Wang H, Gao S, Wang X. LSD1 co-repressor Rcor2
orchestrates neurogenesis in the developing mouse brain. 2016，Nature Communication, 2016, Jan 22;7:10481. doi: 10.1038/ncomms10481. Jing Liu*, Wensu Liu*, Lu Yang*, Qian Wu*, Haofeng Zhang, Ai Fang, Long Li, Xiaohui Xu, Le Sun, Jun Zhang, Fuchou Tang & Xiaoqun Wang. The primate-specific gene TMEM14B marks outer radial glia cells and promotes cortical expansion and folding. Cell Stem Cell, 2017, Oct 10. pii: S1934-5909(17)30331-4. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2017.08.013.