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Na Ji, PhD


Associate Professor


Research Area
Molecular & Cell Biology; Neuroscience: Adaptive Optics

261 Li Ka Shing Center
1951 Oxford St.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720




Na Ji received her B.S. in Chemical Physics from the University of Science & Technology of China in 2000. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Berkeley in 2005. She started working as a postdoctoral fellow at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2006, before becoming a Group Leader there in 2011. She returned to Berkeley and joined the Physics and Molecular & Cell Biology Departments in 2016. She become a full-time faculty in summer 2017.

Research Interests

We develop and apply novel imaging methods to understand the brain. Besides inventing methods that make an immediate impact on neuroscience, we also aim to extend the applications of our technologies to other living (and nonliving) systems.

Using concepts developed in astronomy and optics, we develop next-generation optical microscopy methods for understanding the brain at higher resolution, greater depth, and faster time scales. We apply our imaging technologies to understanding neural circuit computation in the visual pathways, using the mouse primary visual cortex and superior colliculus as our model systems.