Yuan Hsin (Owen) Chao

Assistant Professor

Research Summary

I am studying the specific role of cerebellum underlying neuropsychiatric disorders and neurobiological mechanisms of episodic memory. I completed my Ph.D. training in Physiological Psychology at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany, with expertise in systematic neuroscience and psychopharmacology. Then I moved to New Orleans LA, United States, to study neuro-cortical connections. Afterward, I have deep interest in how neurons communicate with each other and decided to move to Duluth MN, United States, for doing research associated with synaptic transmission. Presently I am working in the studies of autism and schizophrenia with the application of electrophysiology, in vivo Ca2+ imaging, chemogenetic, optogenetic, immunochemistry, behavior, and genetic animal models to decipher their intrinsic cerebello-cerebral circuitry.


MA, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
Major: Psychology
BA, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
Major: Psychology
PhD, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
Major: Physiological Physchology

Honors and Recognition

Young Investigator Award, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF)
Scholarship for Young Scientists, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Professional Memberships

The Journal of Pharmacological Reports, Review Guest
Society of Neruroscience, Member



Department of Biomedical Sciences
355 SMed
1035 University Dr
Duluth, MN 55812