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Zhiyan Xi

To introduce unnatural amino acids (UAA) site-specifically into proteins of Caenorhabditis elegans.

Zhiyan Xi

Phd Student - Greiss Lab

  • Hugh Robson Building
  • 15 George Square
  • Edinburgh EH8 9XD

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Personal Profile

  • 2012-2016: Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences, Zhejiang University
  • 2015-2016: Master of Science (by research, with distinction) in biomedical sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • 2016-: doctoral student of biomedical sciences (integrative physiology)

Research

Based on the technique of genetic code expansion, my research project aims to introduce unnatural amino acids (UAA) site-specifically into proteins of Caenorhabditis elegans. With the prospective toolkit, I will be able to optically manipulate the activities of single neurons and even single synapses in freely behaving nematodes, functionally dissecting neural circuits with unprecedented spatiotemporal precision and therefore investigate the mechanism of nervous system.