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Wang Xiaoqun

Updated: 2022-09-09


Director of the IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Beijing Normal University

Member of the Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Head of the Single-cell Multiomics Academic Subgroup of the Biophysical Society of China

Wang mainly studies the neurobiological basis of higher cognitive functions of the cerebral cortex. He discovered the outer subventricular zone radial glia cell, found in the development of mouse embryos’ cerebral cortex. His finding was included in Neuroglia (third edition). Wang initiated the research of labeling centrioles by taking advantage of fluorescent proteins to distinguish mother and daughter centrosomes in neural stem cells during mammalian brain development. He was also the first to report that asymmetric centrosome inheritance decides the asymmetric division of radial glia cells in the rodent neocortex.

Wang was selected as a leading talent in scientific and technological innovation in the Ten Thousand Talents Program in 2020, and as a young and middle-aged leading talent in scientific and technological innovation launched by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2019. He won the Tan Jiazhen Life Science Innovation Award in 2019, the Stem Cell Innovation Award in 2018, and the title of Newton Advanced Fellowships of the Royal Society in 2015.

He has chaired a number of projects funded by the National Key R&D Program and the National Major Scientific Research Program as chief scientist.

He serves as vice-president of the Cell Therapy Branch of the Chinese Society for Cell Biology, is a member of the Animal Ethics Organization of the Society for Neuroscience, and is a member of the standing committee of the Brain Function Research and Transformation Professional Committee at the Chinese Research Hospital Association.