Xianchan Li


2013.4.10-present Postdoc. Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Dept. Chem. and Biol. Engineering, Analytical Chemistry
2009.7.1-2013.4.7 Assistant Professor. Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China
2004.9.1-2009.6.30 Ph.D. in Chemistry. Institute of Chemistry, CAS, Beijing, China


2000.9.1-2004.6.30 B.Sc. Degree in Pharmacy. Peking University, Beijing, China

Neurons communicate through the release of chemical messengers (e.g., neurotransmitters, neurohormones, and neuropeptides), which are packaged intracellularly in submicrometer sized structures called secretory vesicles. During exocytosis, the fundamental method for neurotransmission, vesicles migrate to the plasma membrane of a cell, fuse, and release their contents into the extracellular space. These messengers can then bind to receptors on a target cell, thus inducing a cascade of signaling events in a complex network.

The overall goal of my research is to elucidate molecular events on a subcellular level during cell communication with electrochemical method and secondary-ion mass spectrometry to understand mechanism of learning and memory, drug abuse effects, as well as neurodegenerative diseases like ParkinsonĀ“s disease.