Prof. Chao-Gan Yan

Dr. Chao-Gan Yan is a professor at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IPCAS). He is the Deputy Director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Center and the Principal Investigator of The R-fMRI Lab located at IPCAS. Before he joined the IPCAS in 2015, he worked as a Research Scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Yan received his Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning at Beijing Normal University in 2011. His research mainly focuses on the resting-state fMRI (R-fMRI) computational methodology, mechanisms of spontaneous brain activity, and their applications in depression. He has addressed fundamental methodological issues (e.g., impact of head motion (ESI Top 1‰ of highly cited papers), standardization (ESI Top 1% of highly cited papers) and multiple comparison correction (ESI Top 1% of highly cited papers)) on the study of resting-state functional connectomics. He has also developed data processing and analysis toolbox for R-fMRI, DPABI (ESI Top 1‰ of highly cited papers) and DPARSF, with the latter has been cited over 1700 times. He initiated a Chinese consortium for big data of brain imaging of depression (REST-meta-MDD), performed big data study of depression neuroimaging, and studied the brain mechanisms of depression through a longitudinal study of animal model. He has published 50 peer-reviewed articles (20 as first or corresponding author) in prestigious journals including PNAS, Cerebral Cortex, NeuroImage, Human Brain Mapping, Neuroinformatics, Translational Psychiatry. His work has been widely cited in the scientific community (total citations > 9000,, achieving an h-index of 27. Additionally, he currently serves in the editorial boards of NeuroImage and Journal of Neuroscience Methods, and a member for the OHBM Communications Committee.



  Xiao Chen

Xiao is a postdoctoral fellow working with Prof. Yan at the R-fMRI Lab. He completed his doctoral studies at Institute of Psychology after receiving a Master’s in 2016. Before graduate school, he received a Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology from Chongqing University. Xiao systematically evaluated the reproducibility of resting-state fMRI and gave recommendations on the strategy of multiple comparison correction (ESI top 1% of highly cited papers). He also developed a novel “rumination state” paradigm and uncovered the network mechanism of this psychological phenomenon. Xiao is now interested in exploring the psychological underpinnings of major depressive disorder (MDD) with state-of-art techniques including fMRI and SEEG.





PhD students

  Ning-Xuan Chen

Ning-Xuan is a doctoral student in Prof. Yan’s Lab. He got his B. S. degree from Anhui University in 2011 and M.S. from Capital Normal University in 2017. His research focuses on the contribution of brain structural and functional variance in predicting age, sex and treatment. He is also interested in the EEG signal characteristics simultaneously recorded with fMRI and the integration analysis of electric signal and BOLD signal.






  Bin Lu

Mr. Bin Lu is a Ph.D candidate in Prof. Yan’s Lab. He got his B.S. degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University in 2016. His research interest includes computation methods of R-fMRI and Big-Data application on Autism and Depression.







 Hui-Xian Li

Hui-Xian Li is a graduate student in Prof. Yan’s Lab. She got her B.S. degree from Xinxiang Medical University in 2017. She is broadly interested in exploring brain representations of the stream of thought (the self-generated thought) at resting-state. She is also interested in how to distinguish between different forms of self-generated thought.







Master Student

  Zhi-Chen Zhu

I am a first-year graduate student under the instruction of Prof. Yan in Institution of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. I majored in Applied Psychology in NanChang University and received my B.S in 2018. I am using EEG, fMRI and EEG-fMRI to examine  neural mechanisms of resting-state brain. My current work in the lab aims to explore the effect of global signal in resting-state fMRI data analysis that might help us to attain a better understanding of neural activity in resting brain and therefore improving the quality of resting-state fMRI research.





  Xue-Ying Li

Xue-Ying is a graduate student in Prof. Yan’s Lab in the Institute of Psychology, CAS. She obtained her BEng degree with a B.A. minor degree from the China Agricultural University in 2019. She has strong interests in exploring the relationship between the DSM and the RDoc Matrix on MDD using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and in finding reliable and effective TMS targets and protocols for MDD treatment.






  Yu-Wei Wang

Yuwei is a graduate student studying at the Institute of Psychology. She graduated from Tianjin University at Tianjin in 2017. Before graduate school, Yuwei received a Bachelor degree in Electrical engineering from Tianjin University. Yuwei regards the research life is an adventure towards herself. She wants to help, even though in the end she could have helped no one, except hopefully herself. For now, she loves what she happened to her - a work meets her purpose for help, beloved friends and family, nice research mates and teachers, even though she has to work underground. She says she loves human brain, though she barely know it.





  Zhao-Yu Deng

Zhaoyu Deng is a postgraduate student in Prof. Yan at the Institute of Psychology. He received his B.S. degree in Electronic and Applied Psychology from Hunan Normal University.








Visiting students

  Zhen Fan

Dr. Fan is an attending doctor in neurosurgery department from Huashan Hospital Fudan University. His supervisor is Prof. Ying Mao. Fan is working with Prof. Yan at the Institute of Psychology. His interested area is application of resting state fMRI in preoperative functional mapping in the planning of brain tumor and epilepsy surgery. Another interested area is cerebellar cognitive function.






  Zeng-Hui Ma

Zenghui Ma is a visiting student in Prof. Yan’s Lab. She got her bachelor of medicine degree from Sun Yat-sen University in 2016, and now she is studying in Peking University Sixth Hospital for master of medicine degree in the field of mental health. Zenghui Ma is currently working on exploring the possible neurocognitive mechanisms of autism spectrum disorder by using resting state fMRI.