• Peng Jiang
  • Peng Jiang
  • Associate Professor
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  • Phone: 848-445-2805
  • Office: B209 Nelson Labs
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  • Biography:
    B.S., Soochow University, China
    PhD., Neurobiology and Biophysics, University of Science and Technology of China
    Postdoctoral Training, Stem Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California at Davis
    The Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research (2023)
    NIH Transformative Research Award for the INCLUDE Project (2021-2024)
    Rutgers Brain Health Institute (BHI) Grant Awards (2018)
    Edna Ittner Pediatric Research Support Fund Award (2016)
    Shriners Hospitals for Children Research Fellowship Award (2010-2013)
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  • Research Group: Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Research Interests:

    Human pluripotent stem cells as a model for brain development and diseases; Stem cell regenerative medicine for neural repair.

  • Current Research:

    The goal of our research is to create human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) neural (glial and neuronal) differentiation models for studying the cellular and molecular basis of human brain development and pathogenesis of neurological disease, and to develop stem cell regenerative medicine for neural repair. We have been developing hiPSC-based 2-dimensional (2D) neural differentiation models, 3D brain organoid models, and in vivo human-mouse chimeric brain models to investigate how altered gene expression in neurological disorders, such as Down syndrome, causes abnormal brain development, changes synaptic plasticity, leads to cognitive deficits, and results in early ageing and Alzheimer's disease. In addition, hiPSCs hold great promise for developing cell therapies to replace damaged brain cells and restore brain functions after brain injury or under neurodegenerative conditions. We also study how to derive functionally competent neural cells from hiPSCs for neural repair. The basic and translational stem cell research we are pursuing critically bridges between the understanding of human neural development in heath and disease, and the development of stem cell medicine to treat neurological disorders.

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  • Research Summary:

    Stem cells as a model of brain development and disease, stem cell regenerative medicine for neural repair

  • Recruiting New Research Assistants: 2021-2022
  • Research Summary:

    Stem cells as a model of brain development and disease, stem cell regenerative medicine for neural repair

  • How to Apply:


  • Semesters Accepting Students:

    Fall: Maybe
    Spring: Maybe
    Summer: Maybe

  • Research Preferences:

    Students interested in graduate school, GPA 3.5+. Please email to apply. I, together with postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the lab will screen and make decision.