Prof. Chao-Gan Yan

Dr. Chao-Gan Yan is a professor at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IPCAS). He is the Deputy Director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Center and the Principal Investigator of The R-fMRI Lab located at IPCAS. Before he joined the IPCAS in 2015, he worked as a Research Scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Yan received his Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning at Beijing Normal University in 2011. His research mainly focuses on the resting-state fMRI (R-fMRI) computational methodology, mechanisms of spontaneous brain activity, and their applications in depression. He has addressed fundamental methodological issues (e.g., impact of head motion (ESI Top 1‰ of highly cited papers), standardization (ESI Top 1% of highly cited papers) and multiple comparison correction (ESI Top 1% of highly cited papers)) on the study of resting-state functional connectomics. He has also developed data processing and analysis toolbox for R-fMRI, DPABI (ESI Top 1‰ of highly cited papers) and DPARSF, with the latter has been cited over 1700 times. He initiated a Chinese consortium for big data of brain imaging of depression (REST-meta-MDD), performed big data study of depression neuroimaging, and studied the brain mechanisms of depression through a longitudinal study of animal model. He has published 50 peer-reviewed articles (20 as first or corresponding author) in prestigious journals including PNAS, Cerebral Cortex, NeuroImage, Human Brain Mapping, Neuroinformatics, Translational Psychiatry. His work has been widely cited in the scientific community (total citations > 9000,, achieving an h-index of 27. Additionally, he currently serves in the editorial boards of NeuroImage and Journal of Neuroscience Methods, and a member for the OHBM Communications Committee.


  Dr. Huixia Zhou

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Zhou got her B.S. degree from the University of International Business and Economics in 2003, M.D. from Beijing Normal University in 2006, and Ph.D. degree from Beijing Normal University in 2014. During her Ph.D. period, Dr. Zhou studied at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences as a visiting student from August to December in 2010. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Zhou worked as a post-doc in the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2016, she joined in Dr. Yan’s lab as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Zhou focuses on exploring the neural mechanism of depression and its vulnerability factor, like rumination, in the elderly. In addition, she also interested in how mindfulness changes rumination and its neuro-mechanism in the elderly.







Dr. Le Li

Ph.D., Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Li got his B.S. degree from South China Normal University in 2011 and the Ph.D. degree from Beijing Normal University in 2017. Dr. Li joined Dr. Yan’s lab as a post-doc in the same year. Dr. Li specifically is interested the neural mechanism of mind-wandering and the measurement of mind-wandering in resting-state. Dr. Li focused on the research about the neural mechanisms underlying language processing when he was a Ph.D. student.




Dr.Xiao Chen

Dr. Xiao Chen is a postdoctoral researcher at Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Chen obtained his PhD at Institute of Psychology in 2019 and joined the R-fMRI Lab. He conducted a highly cited research focusing on the reproducibility of R-fMRI and its impact factors (ESI Top 1% of highly cited papers). He is also involved in the arrangement and data analysis of REST-meta-MDD project. He has published 3 peer reviewed articles on the SCI indexed journals as first or co-first author. Dr. Chen is now primarily interested in the cognitive neural mechanisms underlying rumination, a common form of self-generated thought and a key risk factor of major depressive disorder (MDD).





PhD students

Ningxuan Chen

Mr. Ningxuan Chen is a doctoral student in Prof. Yan’s Lab. He got his B. S. degree from Anhui University in ? and M.S. from Capital Normal University in 2017. His research focuses on the EEG signal characteristics simultaneously recorded with fMRI and the integration analysis of electric signal and BOLD signal.






Bin Lu

Mr. Bin Lu is a Ph.D candidate in Prof. Yan’s Lab. He got his B.S. degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University in 2016. His research interest includes computation methods of R-fMRI and Big-Data application on Autism and Depression.








Master Student

Huixian Li

Ms. Huixian Li is a graduate student in Prof. Yan’s Lab. She got her B.S. degree from Xinxiang Medical University in 2017. She is broadly interested in the characteristics of thinking in the resting state. In addition, she is currently working to explore spontaneous activity of the brain by using fMRI.







Zhichen Zhu

I am a first-year graduate student under the instruction of Prof. Yan in Institution of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. I majored in Applied Psychology in NanChang University and received my B.S in 2018. I am using EEG, fMRI and EEG-fMRI to examine  neural mechanisms of resting-state brain. My current work in the lab aims to explore the effect of global signal in resting-state fMRI data analysis that might help us to attain a better understanding of neural activity in resting brain and therefore improving the quality of resting-state fMRI research.






Xueying Li

 Ms. Xue-Ying LI is a graduate student in Prof. Yan’s Lab. She obtained her BEng degree, with a B.A. minor degree at China Agricultural University in 2019. She is interested in the pathology of depression.







Yuwei Wang

Ms. Yuwei Wang is a graduate student in Prof. Yan’s Lab. She got her B.S. degree from Tianjin University in 2017, majoring in electrical engineering. She is a huge fan of human brain and has this pure and childlike curiosity towards this world and herself as a human being. She wish she could dedicate herself to the truth and perserve her passion for a life of discovery.  







Research Assistant

Zhikai Chang

Zhikai Chang, born 1995 in Harbin, China.

        2013 - 2017 B.Sc. School of Astronautics, Harbin Institute of Technology, China. in Automation
        2017 - 2018 M.Sc. Electronic and Computer Science, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. in Artificial Intelligence.
                                                   2019-~ Research assistant & programmer in Prof. Yan’ s R-fMRI Lab.




Visiting students

Shaowei An

Mr. Shaowei An is a visiting graduate student in Prof. Yan’s Lab. He is an undergraduate student in University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is specially interested in the global signal regression in resting-state fMRI.







Zhen Fan

Mr. Fan is an attending doctor in neurosurgery department, doctoral student from Huashan Hospital Fudan University. His supervisor is Prof. Ying Mao. Fan is working with Prof. Yan at the Institute of Psychology. His interested area is application of resting state fMRI in preoperative functional mapping in the planning of brain tumor and epilepsy surgery. Another interested area is cerebellar cognitive function.






Zenghui Ma

Zenghui Ma is a visiting student in Prof. Yan’s Lab. She got her bachelor of medicine degree from Sun Yat-sen University in 2016, and now she is studying in Peking University Sixth Hospital for master of medicine degree in the field of mental health. Zenghui Ma is currently working on exploring the possible neurocognitive mechanisms of autism spectrum disorder by using resting state fMRI.