Researcher biography

Dr Wei Luan is the postdoctoral fellow of Developmental Neurobiology laboratory in Queensland Brain Institute. Dr Luan's research focuses on the mechanism how risk factors of mental disorders alter the brain development, particularly the midbrain dopamine neurodevelopment. He finds developmental vitamin D deficiency, a epidemiologically proven risk factor for schizophrenia and autism, negatively affects the expression of key dopamine differentiation factors. Dr Luan's research also focuses on the neuroprotective effects of maternal vitamin D supplementation on dopamine development in vivo. He has proved that vitamin D rescues the prenatal dopamine abnormalities and behavioural phenotypes induced by maternal immune activation.