I am an assistant professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science. I also hold joint appointments at the Department of Psychology & Brain Sciences and Communication Sciences and Disorders Program. I am looking for creative minds and hard-working team players for this scientific adventure. If you are interested in joining the QLAB – Language Acquisition and Brain Lab, please click here.
I completed post-doctoral training at McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, working with John D. E. Gabrieli. I received my PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, co-supervised by Susan M. Garnsey and Cynthia L. Fisher. I obtained my MD in Basic Medicine from Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University.
My research goal is to understand the neurobiological organization of language in the human brain, how that organization changes from childhood through adulthood, how it is disrupted in major neurodevelopmental disorders of language (autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, language impairment, and schizophrenia), and how knowledge of that organization may enhance language learning and language intervention. I use a variety of behavioral (eye-tracking) and neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, MEG, EEG, and DTI) to study the relationship between language learning, cognitive skills, and brain development in both children and adults. More about my research…