Faculty Profile
  ZHOU Yifeng
Department: School of Life Science
Mailing Address:
School of Life Science,Univ. of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui
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Research Profile

Zhou Yifeng, male, researcher, professor and Ph.D. supervisor, was born in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province in December 1963.
In July 1982, he graduated from Department of Biology, USTC and obtained his bachelor's degree in biophysics; in July 1985 he received master's degree in biophysics. From January 1989 to August 1990, he studied for a doctorate at Shanghai Institute of Physiology of Chinese Academy Science (jointly trained by Shanghai Institute of Physiology of CAS and Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine of University of Utah, United States), and earned doctoral degree from Shanghai Institute of Physiology. Currently he serves as a researcher at Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Science at Microscale and School of Life Science of USTC and head of Doctorate Program of Biophysics (National Key Disciplines) and also holds a concurrent post of deputy director of Research Treatment Center for Children Amblyopia & Strabismus of USTC. He is a standing director of Chinese Society of Cognitive Science, member of North American Society for Neuroscience, and member of editorial board of Progress in Biochemistry and Biophysics and Chinese Journal of Strabismus & Pediatric Ophthalmology.
Since 1983 he has conducted research on visual neurology and presided over major international cooperative projects and key projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), research subjects of “973 Program”, sub-topics of “National Institutes of Health (NIH) Program” and other 20 research subjects. In 1991 he was honored as “Chinese Degree Recipients Making Outstanding Contributions” by State Education Commission, PRC. In 1992 he was supported by the “Excellent Young Teachers Program” of MOE, PRC. In 1993 he won the second prize of Young Scientists Award of CAS. In 1994 he made cooperative research at University of Utah, United States. In 1996 he won the second prize of the Award (Research) for Young Teachers of Fok Ying Tong Education Foundation. In 1997 he won the second prize of “Natural Science Award” of CAS. From January 1998 to March 1999, as a visiting scientist, he made research in Short-term Synaptic Plasticity of Visual System at Department of Biology of Brandeis University, United States and National Key Laboratory of Complicated Systems, United States. In 1999, as head of Young Scientists Group, he participated in “Knowledge Innovation Program” of CAS. In 2001 he went to the University of Utah again where he made cooperative research in Neuromechanism and Possible Delaying Approach for Visual System Aging of Primates. The research findings have been published in Science. In 2004 he was honored as “New Century Excellent Talents” of MOE, PRC. He has published more than 70 papers in core journals at home and abroad, additionally, among which over 50 papers with him as the first author, corresponding author, or co- corresponding author. Through SCI retrieval, his main papers have been quoted more than 600 times. He has graduated or jointly graduated 10 master degree students and 22 doctoral students so far. In addition there are 9 master degree candidates and 9 doctoral degree candidates.
Main Research Interests and Directions: 
(1) Critical Period of Visual Development, Plasticity of Adult Visual System, Mechanism of Cognitive Impairment of Amblyopia and Possible Therapeutic Approach of Adult Amblyopia; 
(2) Neuromechanism and Possible Delaying Approach for Visual System Aging of Mammals; 
(3) Neuromechanism of Visual Information Processing.
Selected Publications
1) Perceptual Learning Improves Contrast Sensitivity of V1 Neurons in Cats , Current Biology , 201005 , 20(10), pp 887-894
2) Aging affects the direction selectivity of MT cells in rhesus monkeys. , Neurobiology of Aging , 2010 , 31: 863-873
3) Aging affects the neural representation of speed information in MT neuron in rhesus monkeys , Cerebral Cortex , 2009 , 19: 1957-1967
4) Broad bandwidth of perceptual learning in the visual system of adults with anisometropic amblyopia , Proc Natl Acad Sci USA , 2008 , 105(10): 4068-4073
5) Functional degradation of visual cortical cells in old Cats , Neurobiology of Aging , 2006 , 27(1): 155-162
6)  Perceptual Learning Improves Contrast Sensitivity and Visual Acuity in Adults with Anisometropic Amblyopia , Vision Research , 2006 , 46(5): 739-750
7) GABA and its agonists improved visual cortical function in senescent monkeys , Science , 2003 , 300, 812-815
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