Lab Members

Principal Investigator
Andrew P. Salzwedel, PhD
Project Scientist

Andrew P. Salzwedel, PhD, earned his doctorate from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2014. Under the guidance of Edgar DeYoe, PhD, he was trained in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and systems-level neuroscience. Salzwedel specifically studied the visual system to better understand how individual neural properties can be traced throughout the brain using fMRI in human and animal models. Next, he took a postdoctoral research position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the tutorship of Wei Gao, PhD. Salzwedel received further neuroimaging training in the form of functional connectivity and graph theoretic approaches using the recently emergent technique of resting-state functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (rsfcMRI). His research primarily focused on early brain development with special emphasis on environmental risk factors such as prenatal drug exposure. He continues to work in the Gao Laboratory, focusing on the characterization of developmental trajectories, their alterations by environmental/genetic risk factors and, ultimately, the behavioral correlations thereof.

Yuanyuan Chen, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Yuanyuan Chen, PhD, received his doctorate from Tianjin University in 2018, under the direction of professor Dong Ming, in the NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation lab. There he was trained in both diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) like diffusion tensor/kurtosis imaging (DTI/DKI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) like dynamic functional connectivity (dFC) analysis. With these techniques, Yuanyuan primarily studied the characteristics of normal/abnormal ageing (Alzheimer’s) brain. Then, he took a postdoctoral research position at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and joined the Gao Laboratory in August 2018. Here, he will work with Gao and the group focusing on early brain development of the infant.

Contact the Gao Lab

8700 Beverly Blvd.
Biomedical Imaging Research Institute
Los Angeles, CA 90048