Dr Wei 'Leon' Luan received his PhD degree from the Chinese Academy of Science with a background in molecular biology and genetics in marine biological research. During his PhD study, he discovered a deep passion for neuroscience and altered his career path after graduation, focusing on a field that could combine dual interests in developmental biology and neuroscience.
His current research studies how the dopamine neuronal system is affected in schizophrenia from the beginning of embryonic brain development. In his research, he applies advanced microscopy techniques at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute and up-to-date automated image analysis to understand molecular changes at the level of single dopamine neurons. He hopes his research could provide mechanistic insights for clinical applications regarding developmental mental disorders such as schizophrenia.