Qingchun Tong, PhD
Principal Investigator
B.S.: Anhui Normal University, China, 1996
M.S.: Shanghai Institute of Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1999
PhD: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 2003
Postdoctoral training: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, 2003-2008
Started lab in 2009

Yuanzhong Xu, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2014
Research Fellow: University of Verona, 2009
PhD: Universita degli Studi di Verona & Central South University, 2007
Joined in February 2010
Yuanzhong’s interests focus on neural circuits for feeding behaviors, homeostasis and energy expenditure.

Ryan Cassidy
MD/PhD Research Assistant
B.A. Anthropology, UT Austin 2013
B.S. Computational Biology, UT Austin 2013
Joined in August 2016
Ryan’s primary focus in the lab is in understanding the ways in which reward-seeking behavior and feeding behavior intersect to cause overeating and obesity. He hopes to pursue residency in psychiatry and translate our understanding of these brain mechanisms into behavioral and pharmacological therapies for patients who overeat. Outside of lab, he enjoys running, hiking, board games (with 30+ in his collection) and PC gaming.

Canjun Zhu
Visiting Scholar
Joined in October 2017
Canjun’s primary interest in the lab is to understand stress-related body weight gain and basic mechanism underlying leptin resistance.

Zhiying Jiang, PhD
Joined in April, 2019
Zhiying’s research interest is to dissect PVH neuron circuitry in feeding and behaviors.

Jessie Morrill, MS, Graduate Student
Joined in May, 2019
Jessie’s research interest is to study neuron membrane and function in feeding and metabolism.

Jing Cai, BS, Graduate Student
Joined in June, 2019
Jing’s research interest is to examine neuronal pathways for feeding behaviors. She has two adorable orange cats who need a lot of attention.

Hongli Li, MS, Visiting Student
Joined in October, 2019
Hongli’s research interest is to identify key neural mechanisms underlying feeding behaviors.