Principal Investigator

Xi-Nian Zuo, M.S. in Probability and Statistics (Percolation Theory), Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Biomathematics), Postdoc Training in Neuroimaging and Pediatric Neuroscience, 100 Talents Program Full Research Professorship at Chinese Academy of Sciences (2012). He is currently the editorial board members of Science Bulletin (Associate Editor of Life Sciences), Network Neuroscience (Associate Editor), Frontiers (Associate Editors of Brain Imaging Methods and Cognitive Sciences) and PLoS (Academic and Statistical Editors) and Scientific Reports (Editor of Psychiatry). (CoRR; CCS; Google Citations, ORCiD, ResearchGate; ResearchDashBoard; Talks; Courses; Gumroad)

Associate Research Professors

Zhi Yang, PhD (yangzATpsych.ac.cn)

Dr. Yang received his B.S. of Biomedical Engineering from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. of cognitive neuroscience from the Institute of Psychology, CAS. He has been a guest researcher in Biomedical Image Technology Center at Emory University and National Institute of Mental Health of USA. He is currently an associate professor in the Institute of Psychology, CAS. Dr. Yang has developed individual-level and group-level fMRI data analysis methods with independent component analysis (RAICAR and gRAICAR: matlab codes for both are available). His research focus on development of fMRI methodologies, including data analysis approaches based on various machine learning algorithms and their usage as discovery tools to facilitate the understanding of brain mechanisms in development, genetics and mental disorders.

Hui-Jie Li, PhD (lihjATpsych.ac.cn)

Dr. Li obtained his B.S. degree in Psychology from Henan Normal University in July of 2003, and got his M.S. degree in Developmental Psychology at Beijing Normal University in July of 2006. Subsequently, he entered into the Institute of Psychology, CAS and got his PhD degree of cognitive neuroscience in July of 2009. He worked as an assistant research professor in the Center on Aging Psychology at the Institute of Psychology (2009.7-2012.5). In June of 2012, he joined the LFCD to devote to seeking the biomarkers and effective training methods for aging populations, especially the mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, by using behavioral and neuroimaging techonologies. In LFCD, his mission is to relate changes of behavior to those of brain with successful ageing process.

Gao-Xia Wei, PhD (weigxATpsych.ac.cn)

Dr. Wei is an associate research professor at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2009. She worked as a postdoc researcher at IPCAS (2006-2009) after she got her PhD in Sports Psychology at Beijing Sports University (2002-2005) and M.S degree in Sports Psychology at Xi'An Institute of Physical Education (1998-2001). From 2001 to 2009, She also had joined the teaching faculty of sports psychology at Ningbo University. Her interest is on brain health and motor behavior (including physical exercise and motor training). She joined LFCD in Feb, 2012 to explore the effect of motor behavior on brain plasticity, especially the changes of function connectivity.

Li-Li Jiang, PhD (jiangllATpsych.ac.cn)

Dr. Jiang is an associate research professor at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She joined the institute in 2011 after got her PhD degree in physics from Peking University in 2011 (Advisor: Qi Ouyang and Yuhai Tu), and during September 2008 and September 2009 she worked at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center as a joint PhD student (working with Yuhai Tu). She got her bachelor degree in physics from Beijing Normal University in 2005. Her research focuses on quantitatively understanding how human brain works from a physical viewpoint by modeling the human brain into a complex physical system.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Ting Xu, PhD - Postdoctoral Scientist and Statistical Specialist

Ting Xu majored the Neuropsychology and got her PhD at the Institute of Psychology, CAS, mentered by Prof. Raymond Chan. Before that, she learned mathematics at Renmin University of China. Her scientific interests will mainly focus on exploring low-frequency oscillations in BOLD signals by using time-frequency mathematical analysis (e.g., wavelet or other lets :). She will explore the functional connectome via various mathematical/statistical methods and apply them to investigate brain changes caused by normal development and disorders.

Zhi-Xiong Yan, PhD - Postdoctoral Scientist

Zhi-Xiong Yan got his PhD at the School of Psychology, Hunan Normal University. He became a research scientist in summer, 2014 and joined the Laboratory for Functional Connectome and Development. In the lab, his research interests focused on neural correlates of social cognition and their lifespan developmental trajectories. Major methodology is using brain connectomics as well as various behavioral and biophysical models. Massive studies derivded meta-analyses are also employed for generation of hypotheses in testing these mind-brain-behavior associations.

Research Assistants

Feng-Mei Fan, MS

Fengmei Fan is a research assistant at the Laboratory for Functional Connectome and Development (LFCD), Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IPCAS) since June 2011. She received the B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Shandong University in 2006 and the M.S. degree in cognitive neuroscience from Beijing Normal University in 2009. After completed the training at the State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, she works as a research assistant at the Psychiatry Research Center in Beijing Huilongguan Hospital (2009 - now). Her interests include applications of resting state fMRI to explore brain disorders and underlying mechanisms (e.g. schizophrenia). You can contact her by email: fanfengmei AT live.com.

PhD Students

Ning Yang, MS

Ning Yang has studied in Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) and got her B.S. degree in Biotechnology and M.S. degree in Educational Economics & Administration there. She worked as a Psychological Counselor for several years, especially with college students including two years in Wenchuan Earthquake zone for psychological therapy. She joined LFCD in 2013 and focused on the lifespan development of human medial temporal lobe.

Zhe Zhang, MS

Zhe Zhang got her master degree under the supervision of Prof. Xi-Nian Zuo at Institute of Psychology, CAS. She enrolled in LFCD lab with the interest of exploring the brain-mind relationship, starting from a review on resting state brain dynamic and psychological mesaures (i.e., various behavioral scores). Her PhD program will focus on the both methodology and applications rising from lifespan trajectory studies with neuroimaging.

Lei Zhang, MS

Lei Zhang got her M.S. degree in Cognitive Psychology at Southwest University in 2014 and received her B.S. degree in Applied Psychology at Zhengzhou University in 2011. Her research interest is using multimodal MRI methods to explore the human brain and her PhD project mainly focuses on the neural mechanism of depression, putting efforts on some structural and functional biomarkers of this disease in the brain.


Hao-Ming Dong, MS

Hao-Ming Dong got his bachlor's degree in Psychology at Hebei Normal University. He joined LFCD as a graduate student supervised by Dr. Xi-Nian Zuo. His research project was to build pediatric templates for chinese population regarding both the brain structure and function. He was also a member student from a joint neuroscience program between Chinese Academy of Sciences and Denmark Academy. In 2015, he continued his research in LFCD as a PhD student (Topic: Big Data Sharing and Mining in Brain Imaging Agenda; Advisor: Xi-Nian Zuo).

MS Students

Yang Hu, BS

Yang Hu got his bachelor's degree in Nuclear Power Engineering & Technology at Chongqing University in July 2013. With the great interest in psychological phenomena and the firm belief that science is the most reliable way to get close to them, he chose to pursue his master's degree in LFCD lab. His research focuses on methodology in the human brain functional connectomics. Prof. Zhi Yang supervises his work.

Xiao-Lin Yue, BS

Xiao-Lin Yue got her bachlor's degree in Applied Psychology at Hainan Normal University. She joined in LFCD lab with the interest of exploring brain-mind relationships, especially focuses on the impact of motor behaviors on the human brain plasticity of its both structure and function. She will learn how to use the approaches in functional connectomics to achieve this aim. Prof. Gao-Xia Wei supervises her work.

Yi-Wen Zhang, BS

Yi-Wen Zhang obtained a bachlor's degree in Applied Psychology at Nanchang University, Jiangxi province. His interestes are discovering brain connectivity and aging processing. He especially focuses on rethinking of the early origin for cognitive ageing during the entire human lifespan development by untangling the dynamical changes of both brain and behavior features. He is also seeking for some methodological advances joint with human brain development studies. Prof. Hui-Jie Li supervises his work.

Dan-Yang Sui, BS

Dan-Yang Sui got her bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology at Jilin University (2010-2014). She has great interests in the methodologies of processing the multimodal MRI data. She works on the mechanism of the resting state brain dynamics and the difference in the dynamical architecture between healthy people and clinical patients in some brain disease. She joined LFCD lab in 2014 (Advisor: Dr. Li-Li Jiang).

Former Lab Members

Ye He, PhD

Ye He got her M.S. degree in Fundamental Psychology at Capital Normal University (2012) where she studied event-related potentials response to episodic memory (Advisor: Chun-Yan Guo). She obtained her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2015 (Advisor: Xi-Nian Zuo). The thesis topic is ' The human amygdala and its anxiety correlation across lifespan'. She will join Olaf Sporns's laboratory as a postdoc researcher in January, 2016.

Xiao-Hui Hou, PhD

Xiao-Hui Hou received his master degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology at Shanghai Normal University with a major in moral psychology and socialization in July 2009. He worked as a teacher at Foreign-Language Normal College, Taiyuan University. He finished his PhD defense in June, 2015 (Advisor: Xi-Nian Zuo). His thesis focused on the neural mechanisms of Autism Spectrum Disorders via multimodal neuroimaging approaches. He joined the Shanxi Medical University and worked as a research scientist.

Xing-Ting Zhu, BS

Xing-Ting Zhu received her bachelor's degree in Nursing from Peking University in July 2012. She is much interested in public mental health, especially for vulnerable groups such as the older adults. Her research interests focus on the cognitive and exercise intervention for the older adults and persons with preclinical stage of Alzheimer's disease. Prof. Hui-Jie Li supervises her work.

Xiao-Yan Cao, PhD - Associate Research Scientist (2011-2014)

Dr. Cao joined the LFCD lab and completed her joint work in 2014. She now is an Associate Professor at the Medical University of Sichuan, China.

Ting-Ting Cheng, BS

Ting-Ting Cheng got her bachlor's degree in Polymer Science and Engineering at the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou. Enthusiastic about exploring the mechanism on generating functions based upon brain structure, she joined LFCD lab. Now, she worked on a review on test and retest reliability of resting state fMRI as a start to the road of science. (We keep this for our memory on Tingting's living)