Dr. Dan Ohtan Wang – Being a Chinese woman neuroscientist in Japan – The Alba Diversity Podcast
Dr. Dan Ohtan Wang is a neuroscientist trained in Japan and US. Her work connects genetic information to cognitive brain functions through the regulation of RNA. Her work centers on live-cell imaging techniques in visualizing RNA molecules and characterizing the diversity of RNA molecules at neuronal synapses. Currently, she is leading a team to study "Neuroepitranscriptomics" at RIKEN BDR, to decipher RNA information in the context of cognitive development and decline, and harness RNA biology for mental health. She talks to us about her multiple identities as a woman neuroscientist – originally from China, trained in the US and working in Japan. She also gives us insights into the value of focus and resilience in science. More information: Laboratory for Neuroepitranscriptomics The Government of Japan – Diversity Asian-Pacific Society for Neuroschemistry RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) Rikejo: Japan's Pioneering Women in Science Audio-transcription of the episode Interviewed and edited by Shruti Muralidhar, Audio content editing by Abhishek Chari, Music from Lee Rosevere. Other projects by Shruti Muralidhar: @polybiotique, BiasWatchIndia, IndSciComm.