Zhiqiang Meng, PhD

Research Areas

Neural mechanisms of psychiatric diseases, such as drug addiction, anxiety and schizophrenia. We use classic behavioral and pharmacological approaches plus multi-unit recording and optogenetics in animal models to identify potential molecular target and circuitry for treatment and drug development.


2003, BS in Biological Scinece,  Hebei Normal University 

2010, PhD in Zoology,  University of Chinese Academy of Sciences


Work Experience

2010-2013, Posdoc,Harvard Medical School - New England Primate Research Center

2013-2017, Instructor, University of Mississippi Medical Center

2017-2019,Postdoc,Brandeis University

2019-,       Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology,CAS

Teaching Experience

2019-2020, Tools and Technologies in Neuroscinece Research, PhD course



1. Meng Z, Berro LF, Sawyer EK, Ruedi-Betteschen D, Cook JE, Li G, Platt DM, Cook JM, Rowlett JK. Evaluation of the anti-conflict, reinforcing, and sedative effects of YT-III-31, a ligand functionally selective for alpha3 subunit-containing GABAA receptors. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2020; 34(3):348-357.

2. Liu C*, Meng Z#, Wiggin TD#, Yu J, Reed M, Guo F, Zhang Y, Rosbash M, Griffith LC*. A Serotonin-modulated circuit controls sleep architecture to regulate cognitive function independent of total sleep in Drosophila. Current Biology, 2019; 29: 3635–3646 (#Equal contribution*corresponding author)

3. Duke AN#, Meng Z#, Platt DM, Atack JR, Dawson GR, Reynolds DS, Phani Babu Tiruveedhula VVN, Li GG, Stephen MR, Sieghart W, Cook JM, Rowlett JK. Evidence that sedative effects of benzodiazepines involve unexpected GABAA receptor subtypes: quantitative observation studies in Rhesus monkeys. The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 2018; 366:145-157 (#Equal contribution)

4. Meng Z, Rowlett JK. Self-administration of progesterone and synthetic neuroactive steroids by male rhesus monkeys. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2016; 165:265-9.

5. Meng Z*, Liu C, Yu C, Ma Y*. Transcranial direct current stimulation of the frontal-parietal-temporal area attenuates smoking behavior. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2014; 54:19-25. (*corresponding author)



刘庭君  硕士研究生  085238-生物工程  

胡月妍  硕士研究生  085211-计算机技术  

林剑邦  硕士研究生  085238-生物工程  


鲍宇  博士研究生  071006-神经生物学  

梁建惠  硕士研究生  086000-生物与医药