Molecular mechanisms of the developing visual system
My lab studies how visual circuits form, modified by experience, and function to elicit specific behaviors. Methodologically, we utilize multidisciplinary approaches, including mouse genetics, optogenetics, behavioral testing, and bioinformatics. Considering that visual perception is the fundamental part of human cognition, our research is in line with the WTI research direction “neurodevelopment and plasticity”. We are also developing genetic methods to examine the roles of prefrontal cortex inhibitory interneurons in cognitive and motivational regulation in non-human primates. Altogether, our work could significantly contribute to uncovering neurobiological and molecular basis of human cognitive functions.
In-Jung Kim received her doctoral degree in 2003 from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Pharmacology/Neuroscience. She did her post-doctoral research at Washington University at St. Louis and Harvard University. She started her lab in 2010 at Yale University, where she rose from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.