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Simon Chen

Simon Chen, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator
Canada Research Chair Tier II

Simon is born in Taiwan and moved to Vancouver when he was in grade 6. He completed his BSc in Cell Biology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He continued his Ph.D. at UBC in Dr. Kurt Haas' lab, where he learned in vivo two-photon imaging and studied how synapse formation and neuronal activity direct the plasticity of functional neuronal networks in the developing brain of Xenopus tadpoles. He then moved to sunny San Diego where he did his postdoctoral research in Dr. Takaki Komiyama's lab. He acquired expertise in two-photon in vivo imaging in awake and behaving mice. Outside the lab, Simon is a wine connoisseur, and he enjoys traveling to different wine regions around the world.



Neural Circuits


Motor cortex and motor learning

Synaptic Plasticity


University of California San Diego

Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience


University of British Columbia

PhD Neuroscience


University of British Columbia

BSc Cell Biology


University of Ottawa

Assistant Professor


University of Ottawa

Associate Professor

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