Yiqing Wang

Yiqing Wang

Yiqing Wang was born in Beijing, China and graduated from the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry. Her research is conducted in Dr. J. Julius Zhu’s lab in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she is doing neuron reconstructions to decipher complex neuronal networks in rat cerebral cortex. Her thesis focuses on the organization of cortical chandelier neuronal circuits. Chandelier cells are a type of GABAergic interneuron and their dysfunction is associated with schizophrenia. Yiqing hopes her research could reveal key features of chandelier cell function and shed light on the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. She received the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award for her research project and she was recently elected to the Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa society.  She has served as a teaching assistant for Biological Chemistry under Dr. Charles Grisham and Physical Chemistry under Dr. Dave Metcalf.