Can Peng is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the College of Medicine. Peng began her training in neurotoxins as the selective antagonists for nAChRs at Sun Yat-sen University in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 2003. She spent the second year of her Ph.D. study at Brown University as a visiting student to continue her work to investigate the antagonism effects of conotoxins on Xenopus laevis oocyte-expressed nAChRs. She then received her Ph.D. degree in 2009 at Tongji University, Shanghai, China, with her thesis entitled “Cloning, purification, structural and functional characterization of novel conotoxins from South China Sea”. Peng became a Research Assistant Professor supervising master students in the same year at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Since arriving in Florida in 2011, Peng continues her research interests in the physiology, pharmacology, and biophysics of nAChRs with a special emphasis on the functions of alpha7 and alpha4beta2 nAChRs in the brain. She has published 19 articles, 14 conference abstracts, and 2 patents, many of which report original and novel findings in the neurotoxin and nicotinic receptor research field. Peng is an Editor for 2 journals, and she has been invited to review manuscripts for 21 journals. She has more than 10 years of experience in neuropharmacology and cellular biology studies.
Biography Updated on 1 July 2013