Xin is a Master of Engineering Student majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. In the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab, he helps a multidisciplinary team develop awake setup for mouse spinal cord imaging. He wants to develop an optimum awake setup that can reduce the relative motion between the microscope and the imaging site, at the same time, make the mouse as comfortable as possible. Different from traditional anesthetized imaging, awake imaging allows people to study the mouse neural activities when the mouse is running or grooming. The information this multidisciplinary team can obtain from this experiment includes the action potential of several neuron cells in the spinal cord of mouse and its limb motions. By analyzing them, they can understand how action potentials in spinal cord neuron cells are decoded, temporarily and spatially, into the limb motion.
When he is not in the lab, Xin enjoys listening to music and playing sports.