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Spotlight: Wenlin Liao, PhD

Wenlin Liao

In honor of our 10th anniversary, we are presenting this spotlight on Wenlin Liao, PhD, who is an Associate Professor at National Cheng-Chi University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Where do you work?

National Cheng-Chi University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Tell us about your research. (Assume we know nothing!)

I am interested in understanding the pathogenic neural mechanisms for developmental disorders. Using molecular, cellular, physiological and behavioral approaches, we aim to elucidate the roles of methyl-CpG binding protein 2 and cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) in psychomotor control and autistic features in mouse models of Rett syndrome and CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder. Possible therapeutics by genetic, cellular, pharmacological or bioelectrical approaches are ongoing tests.

What interests you most about your area of study?

Developmental disorders are always heartbreaking and heavy-laden. If any cure or treatment can be developed based on my research findings, it would be not only a lifelong-relief to patients and their families, but also mean a lot to me.

When was the moment you first fell in love with science?

When I was a college student, the experimental courses of biology fascinated me deeply. Through answering questions/solving problems with a logic and evidence-based way, science wakes up the rationality of my soul and lights up the career goal of my life. However, if you ask the same question to my mom, she may answer you that the time my daughter fell in love with science would be at 6, when she always stayed on the balcony playing with bugs.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I like to watch videos and make chicken or fish soup at home on my day off. If going out, I’d like to go hiking, read something about design/photography in the bookstores or visit exhibitions for creative things. Traveling is also a good choice for a long vacation.