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ZHOU Chuan
Cell Biology
The State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R.China
2015-present   Group leader,Institute of Zoology, CAS, Beijing
2011-2015     Postdoctoral Associate, Janelia Research Campus, HHMI,USA
2005-2010     Ph.D. in Biology, National Institute of Biological Sciences and  Institute of Biophysics, CAS, Beijing
2001-2005     B.S. in Biology, Tsinghua University,Beijing

Research Interests:
My research program will be focusing on insect social behaviors. In particular, I will take a multidisciplinary approach combining molecular biology, genetics, optical imaging and neurobiology to understand 1) neural circuits controlling aggression and courtship behavior in Drosophila, 2) neural mechanism underlying mosquito courtship and host-seeking behavior.

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Selected Publications:
  1.  Fengming Wu, Bowen Deng, Na Xiao, Tao Wang, Yining Li, Rencong Wang, Kai Shi, Dong-Gen Luo, Yi Rao, Chuan Zhou* (2020). A neuropeptide regulates fighting behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. Elife9:e54229 (https://elifesciences.org/articles/54229)
  2.  Chuan Zhou#, Romain Franconville, Alexander G. Vaughan, Vivek Jayaraman and Bruce Baker# (2015). Central Neural Circuitry Mediating Courtship Song Perception in Male Drosophila. Elife 4:e08477 (#corresponding author)
  3.  Chuan Zhou, Carmen C. Robinett, Geoffrey W. Meissner, and Bruce S. Baker (2014). Central Brain Neurons Expressing doublesex Regulate Female Receptivity in Drosophila. Neuron 83:149-63 (This work was highlighted by: Neuron 83: 3-5; Nature 512: 138-9, 2014; Nature Reviews Neuroscience 15: 496, 2014; Current Biology 24: R812-4, 2014)
  4.  Alexander G. Vaughan, Chuan Zhou, Devanand S. Manoli, Bruce S. Baker (2014). Neural Pathways for the Detection and Discrimination of Conspecific Song in D. melanogaster. Current Biology 24:1039–1049
  5.  Xinhua Liang, Yi Rao and Chuan Zhou# (2014). The Neuronal Basis of How Sexual Experience Modulates Male Aggression. National Science Review 1: 473-474 (#corresponding author)
  6.  Chuan Zhou*, Hai Huang*, Susy M. Kim*, Hsuanwen Lin, Xianglan Meng, Kyung-An Han, Ann-Shyn Chiang, JingW. Wang, Renjie Jiao, and Yi Rao (2012). Molecular Genetic Analysis of Sexual Rejection: Roles of Octopamine and Its Receptor OAMB in Drosophila Courtship Conditioning. Journal of Neuroscience 32:14281-14287 (*co-first authors)
  7.  Chuan Zhou, Yong Rao, Yi Rao (2008). The Neurotransmitter Octopamine is Essential for Aggression in Drosophila. Nature Neuroscience 11:1059-67