Hwai-Jong Cheng, M.D., Ph.D.


Position Title
Principal Investigator


Chinese name: 程淮榮
Also known as: HJ Cheng
Born: Yunlin (雲林), Taiwan

University of California at Davis
Professor Emeritus-
Center for Neuroscience;
Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, College of Biological Sciences;
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine

Note: Professor Hwai-Jong Cheng has retired from UC Davis in June 2020. He is now a Professor Emeritus at UC Davis and is currently at the Institute of Molecular Biology at Academia Sinica, Taiwan.



  • M.D. in Medicine, National Taiwan University, 1989
  • Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology, Harvard University, 1995 (Mentor: John G Flanagan, PhD)
  • Pathology Resident, National Taiwan University Hospital, 1989-1991, 1996-1997
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSF and Stanford University, 1997-2002 (Mentor: Marc Tessier-Lavigne, PhD)

Awards and Honors

Department and Center Affiliations

Professional Societies

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Specialties / Focus

  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
    • Cell and Developmental Biology
    • Cell Migration and Cell Death
    • Signal Transduction and Gene Regulation
  • Neuroscience
    • Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
    • Axon Guidance and Axon Refinement
    • Development and Plasticity
    • Systems Neuroscience

Teaching Interests

  • Developmental neurobiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Human brain and disease
  • Neural circuits
  • Adult neurogenesis


  • FRS 002 – First Year Seminar
  • NPB 12 Human Brain and Disease
  • NPB 100 Neurobiology
  • NPB 110B Neurobiology Foundations
  • NPB 172 Map Formation in the Brain
  • NSC 224A/B Molecular and Development Neuroscience