Zhanyan Fu is a group leader and research scientist in the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard where she specializes in the study of synaptic and circuitry defects in genetic mouse models. An expert in the electrophysiological assessment of synaptic functions, Fu and her team hope to advance the understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanism of psychiatric disorders, and explore novel treatments of these diseases.
In addition to her role at the Broad, Fu is an associate member of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Prior to the Broad, Fu served as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. While at Duke, Fu focused on characterizing synaptic and circuit level defects in mouse models of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). In 2012, Fu received the NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
Fu holds an M.B. from Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China and a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Beijing Union Medical College. She completed her postdoctoral training at Georgetown University School of Medicine.