Dun Mao

e-mail: zjumao@gmail.com

Research Interests

I’m interested in better understanding the functional interactions between the hippocampus and the visual cortex. More specifically, how hippocampal output influences visual processing. I use large-­‐scale electrophysiological recordings and two-­‐photon calcium imaging in mice performing tasks that actively involve both areas. The results of this study will shed light on hippocampal modulation on sensory processing, and will form the basis for understanding memory-­‐related sensory processing disorders.


  • 2010. B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China.
  • 2010 – 2011. Graduate student, the Buzsaki lab, Rutgers University, USA.
  • 2012 – present. Visiting student, the Bonin lab, Neuro-­‐Electronics Research Flanders, Belgium.
  • 2011 – present. Graduate student (PhD student since July 2013), the McNaughton lab, Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge, Canada.
  • Aug 2014. European Summer School on Visual Neuroscience Rauischholzhausen, Germany.

Journal Publications

  1. Antal Berényi, Mariano Belluscio, Dun Mao, György Buzsáki: Closed-loop control of epilepsy by transcranial electrical stimulation. Science 08/2012; 337(6095):735­7.
  2. Marie Vandecasteele, S M, Sébastien Royer, Mariano Belluscio, Antal Berényi, Kamran Diba, Shigeyoshi Fujisawa, Andres Grosmark, Dun Mao, Kenji Mizuseki, Jagdish Patel, Eran Stark, David Sullivan, Brendon Watson, György Buzsáki: Large-­‐scale recording of neurons by movable silicon probes in behaving rodents. Journal of Visualized Experiments 01/2012.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Dun Mao, Steffen Kandler, Bruce L. McNaughton, Vincent Bonin: Response Modulations in Mouse Primary Visual Cortex during Virtual Path Integration. FENS, Milan, Italy; 07/2014.
  2. Steffen Kandler, Dun Mao, Bruce L. McNaughton, Vincent Bonin: Task-­‐related signals in Mouse Primary Visual Cortex during Virtual Path Integration. SfN, Washington, DC, USA; 11/2014.

Awards & Honors

  • 2008. Innovative experiment funds for undergraduate, Ministry of Education, China.
  • 2010. Outstanding graduate of Zhejiang University & Zhejiang Province, China.
  • 2013 – present. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Graduate Studentship, AB, Canada.