About me

As a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Kerschensteiner Lab, I am deeply engaged in unraveling the complexities of neuronal computation and architecture within the brain. My research is driven by a profound curiosity to understand the ‘why’ behind the ways our brain processes information. Leveraging a diverse array of machine learning tools, I delve into the intricacies of how the mouse and human retina respond to natural movies, and how these responses influence visually-guided behavior.

My academic journey was significantly enriched by my tenure as a McDonnell International Scholar in the Neuroscience PhD Program at Washington University in St. Louis. During my time in the Kerschensteiner Lab, I honed my expertise in two-photon calcium imaging, multi-electrode array recordings, and computational modeling, all aimed at decoding visual processing in the retinas of mice and humans.

Prior to my doctoral studies, I contributed to groundbreaking research as a Visiting Scholar in the Parvizi Lab at Stanford University. This followed a period as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central University in Taiwan. I having earned a B.S.E. degree in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University.

On a personal note, I am happily married to Avah Banerjee, and we have a Chihuahua named Mickey. They are the center of my world.

Selected Publication

  • JC Hsiang, N Shen, F Soto, D Kerschensteiner. Distributed feature representations of natural stimuli across parallel retinal pathways.
    Nature Communications, 2024 paper
  • T Kim, N Shen, JC Hsiang, KP Johnson, D Kerschensteiner.
    Dendritic and parallel processing of visual threats in the retina control defensive responses.
    Science Advances, 2020 paper
  • F Soto, JC Hsiangco-first, R Rajagopal, K Piggott, GJ Harocopos, SM Couch, P Custer, JL Morgan, D Kerschensteiner.
    Efficient Coding by Midget and Parasol Ganglion Cells in the Human Retina.
    Neuron, 2020 paper PDF
  • A Vogrig, JC Hsiangco-first, J Ng, J Rolnick, J Cheng, J Parvizi.
    A systematic study of stereotypy in epileptic seizures versus psychogenic seizure-like events.
    Epilepsy & Behavior, 2019 paper
  • JC Hsiang, KP Johnson, L Madisen, H Zeng, D Kerschensteiner.
    Local processing in neurites of VGluT3-expressing amacrine cells differentially organizes visual information.
    eLife, 2017 paper
  • JM Shine, A Kucyi, BL Foster, S Bickel, D Wang, H Liu, RA Poldrack, LT Hsieh, JC Hsiang, J Parvizi.
    Distinct patterns of temporal and directional connectivity among intrinsic networks in the human brain.
    Journal of Neuroscience, 2017 paper


hsiang [at] wustl.edu