Dr. Feng is the Poitras Chair Professor of Neuroscience in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the Director of Neurobiology at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute. Dr. Feng's research is devoted to understanding the mechanisms regulating the development and function of synapses in the brain and how synaptic dysfunction may contribute to psychiatric disorders. Using genetically engineered animal models, Dr. Feng's laboratory combines cutting-edge technologies and multidisciplinary approaches to unravel the neurobiological mechanisms of OCD, autism and schizophrenia.
Dr. Feng has won numerous awards for his scientific achievements including the Beckman Young Investigator Award, Gill Young Investigator Award, McKnight Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Award, McKnight Technology Innovation Award, and Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award.Dr. Feng studied medicine at Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China. He obtained his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining the faculty at MIT, he was a faculty member in the Department of Neurobiology, Duke University School of Medicine.