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2008 Sontag Award Recipient

"The Sontag Award means so much to me as well as the collaborations made over the years. These collaborations were made possible because of the fantastic retreats. The retreats provide a much needed place to convene for inspiration to achieve meaningful breakthroughs in our research."

About DSA-Funded Research

The work in Dr. Kuo's lab centers around understanding cellular pathways regulating postnatal/adult neural stem cells, using the rodent brain as a model system. Their current focus deals with how specialized environments in the brain (also called “niches”) sustain production of new neurons in vivo; how these microenvironments are changed in response to circuit-level inputs; and how injury modifies neural stem cell proliferation/differentiation. A better understanding of these processes may lead to future therapies for patients suffering from pre/postnatal brain injuries.

Current Appointment(s)
  • Associate Professor, Cell Biology, Duke School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Neurobiology, Duke School of Medicine
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., Architecture
  • University of Chicago, Ph.D., Genetics
  • University of Chicago, M.D.