Hi, I am Pei-San.

I got my Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from National Taiwan University and was a licensed veterinarian in Taiwan. Later, I went to Texas A&M University for my Ph.D. training as a neuroscientist under Dr. Louise Abbott and Dr. Ursula Winzer-Serhan. I used C57BL/6 mice to study the effect of nicotine and nicotinic acetylcholine receptor activation on longevity gene expressions in the brain and how long-term nicotine treatment affects memory. Meanwhile, I also assisted in teaching in the veterinary gross anatomy lab. Shortly after I graduated and started my post-doctoral position at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School, I got pregnant and resigned from the job to take care of my kids. Taking advantage of massive open online courses like Coursera, I learned some basic coding using Python and MATLAB during the time. In Fall 2019, I started my post-doctoral research at the University of Houston in Dr. Tai-Yen Chen’s lab, focusing on the molecular behavior of copper-binding protein SOD1 in the neuron.

I love nature and neuroscience and am always fascinated by the beauty of the natural world. The brain’s complexity and the unique property and function of its basic cell unit: the neuron, amazes me and drives me on this academic path. While I am not doing research, I enjoy being with my young kids: coloring, scribbling, playing pretend, telling stories, and sharing thoughts.