When tested, these mice exhibited higher IQ's. This cutting-edge discovery may be the gateway to research resulting in the development of drugs necessary to treat diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and stroke, as well as the engineering of babies born with higher intelligence.
While at UMD, Dr. Tsien (who changed his name from Zhuo Qian) studied in the medical school laboratory of Dr. Lester R. Drewes, Professor and Head of the UMD Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology where he conducted research on the mechanisms of chemical communication between cells of the brain. Tsien was a graduate student beginning in 1986 and received his Ph.D. In Biochemistry in 1990.
After leaving UMD, Dr. Tsien held prestigious postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University with Dr. Eric Kandel and with the Nobel Laureate Dr. S. Tonegawa at MIT. Dr. Tsien was also awarded the prestigious Bacaner Research Award sponsored by the Minnesota Medical Foundation in 1990. This award was given in recognition of outstanding creative achievement.
This scientific seminar, to be presented at the UMD School of Medicine on October 12, is free and open to the public.