Chay Kuo

2008 Fellow

Current Institution: Duke University


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About Chay Kuo's Work

My laboratory is interested in how biological environments are constructed on a cellular level, and explores the architecture of specialized environments, also called niches, that contain and regulate stem cell function. We focus on niches in the adult mammalian brain, housing self-renewing stem cells that can give rise to new neurons. Our current research projects center on neural circuit wiring diagrams, and interactions between electrical activity and stem cell proliferation control. An understanding of these processes will increase our abilities to model and enhance behaviorally-driven hardware upgrades to the brain in health and disease.

Doctors using harmful cells to fight traumatic brain injury

Awards and Achievements

NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2008)

Sontag Distinguished Scientist Award (2008)

Basil O’Connor Scholar Award (2009)

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2010)

Kavli Frontiers Fellow NAS (2010)

Ruth and Morris Williams Faculty Research Prize (2015)

In the News

The Brain, Racism and Religion
Psychology Today

Newborn Healers—Novel Astrocytes Repair Brain Injury
ALZ Forum

Fruit Fly Proteins
UNC-TV Science

Protein May Offer Insights into Regenerating Brain Function After Injury - See more at:
The DANA Foundation

Making Room for Luck
Duke Today

Electrical Signals Can Regrow Brain Cells
Popular Mechanics

Neuron tells stem cells to grow new neurons
Medical Xpress