June 26, 2019

Shenfeng Qiu, Ph.D.

Shenfeng Qiu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience

University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Phoenix

Basic Medical Sciences


Dr. Shenfeng Qiu received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside, and continued on to do his postdoctoral work in neurodevelopmental disorders at Vanderbilt University from 2004-2012. His research interests include neurodevelopmental disorders, brain circuits, and electrophysiology.
Title of Grant Funded:
 Neural substrates underlying the autism risk gene MET

Current Research Update: Dr. Qiu’s present work is focused on neural circuit mechanisms underlying genetic risk for autism spectrum disorders.

How IMHR Helped Facilitate This Work: “Our laboratory is interested in the neural mechanisms underlying autism genetic risk factors. For complex brain disorders, like autism and schizophrenia, there is no brain pathology that defines these disorders. What is known however, is that genetics play a large role in these diseases. Hundreds of risk genes are know to play a role in disease pathogenesis. Therefore, translating these identified genetic risk factors into neural circuit mechanism that affecting brain development will illuminating novel behavioral intervention approaches for autism and schizophrenia. Through the funding of IMHR, we were able to focus on investigating how MET receptor tyrosine kinase, a prominent risk factor for autism, affect the mouse brain development at molecular, cellular and neural circuit levels. The grant helped us enormously by allowing us collect some key preliminary data that served as a foundation for a successful NIH R01 grant application.”