Ji Dai, PhD, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, CAS
Telephone: 0755-86146121
Address: 1068 Xueyuan Avenue, Xili University Town, NanShan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong 
Postcode:  518055

Research Areas

Understand the neural basis of vision, attention, and emotion in nonhuman primates
Developing novel therapy for brain disorder (e.g. PD) using nonhuman primates


2003.9 - 2010.1 Ph.D in Biophysics, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1999.9 - 2003.6 B.S. in Physics, Nanjing University


Work Experience
1. Oct. 2014 – present: Associate Professor, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2. Sep. 2010 – Sep. 2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Neuroscience, Brown University

Honors & Distinctions

High-Level Talent in Nanshan District of Shenzhen, 2018

Oversea High-Caliber Personnel in Shenzhen, 2018

Member of the Youth Innovation Promotion Association, CAS, 2017



1.        Ying Zhang, Dheeraj Roy, Yefei Chen, Yuanyuan Hou, Nicholas Lea, Margaret Schroeder, Keith Skaggs, Tomomi Aida, Heather Sullivan, Kyle Fischer, Edward Callaway, Ian Wickersham, Ji Dai, Zhonghua Lu, Guoping Feng. Targeting parafascicular thalamic circuits rescues motor and non-motor deficits in parkinsonian mice. (under review)

2.        Yongjun Xu, Qi Wang, Zhulin An, et al., Artificial Intelligence: A Powerful Paradigm for Scientific Research and Technological Innovation. The Innovation. (under review)

3.        Jiani Chen, Liang Shan, Ji Dai*. Distinct Recovery Process of Consciousness and Cognition after Anesthesia, Neuroscience Bulletin. (Accepted)

4.        Ji Dai*. Gaining a Better Understanding of Nonhuman Primate Research, Science Bulletin, 2021, 66(15):1499-1501.

5.        Yuxuan Yao, Ji Dai*. Naturally Occurring Parkinson’s Disease Raises the Need for Nonhuman Primate in Neurodegenerative Diseases Research, Neuroscience Bulletin, 2021, 37(8):1267-1269.

6.        Tremblay S, Acker L, Afraz A, et al., An Open Resource for Non-human Primate Optogenetics. Neuron. 2020, 108(6):1075-1090.e6.

7.        Chunshan Deng, Hong Yuan, Ji Dai*. “Behavioral Manipulation by Optogenetics in the Nonhuman Primate”, The Neuroscientist, 2018, 24(5): 526-539.

8.        Ji Dai, Yi Wang. “Contrast coding in the primary visual cortex depends on temporal contexts”, European Journal of Neuroscience. 2018, 47(8): 947-58.

9.        Bo Zhang, Ji Dai*, Tao Zhang. “NeoAnalysis: A Python-Based Toolbox for Quick Electrophysiological Data Processing and Analysis”. Biomedical Engineering Online. 2017, 16:129.

10.    Ji Dai*, Tao Zhang. “The progress of optogenetic studies in nonhuman primates”, Progress in Biochemistry and Biophysics, 2016, 43(4): 354-360.

11.    Ji Dai, Ilker Ozden, Daniel I. Brooks, Fabien Wagner, Travis May, Naubahar Agha, Benjamin Brush, David Borton, Arto V. Nurmikko, David L. Sheinberg “Modified toolbox for optogenetics in the nonhuman primate”, Neurophotonics, 2015, 2(3), 031202.

12.    Ji Dai, Daniel I. Brooks, David L. Sheinberg. “Optogenetic and electrical microstimulation systematically bias visuospatial choice in primates”. Current Biology, 2014 Jan 6;24(1):63-9.

13.    Ji Dai and Yi Wang. “Representation of Surface Luminance and Contrast in Primary Visual Cortex”, Cerebral Cortex. 2012, 22(4):776-87.

Research Interests

Neural mechanism underlying visual processing, attention, working memory
Application of optogenetics in the nonhuman primate


1. Ji Dai and David Sheinberg, “Optogenetic manipulation of spatial attention and working memory in the nonhuman primate”, The 6th FAONS Congress and the 11th Biennial Conference of CNS, Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, China, Sep 20-23, 2015

2. Ji Dai and David L. Sheinberg. "Modulation of spatial working memory by optogenetic stimulation in the nonhuman primate", Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC, Nov 15-19, 2014.
3. Ji Dai and David L. Sheinberg. "Optogenetic activation biases spatial attention and working momory in the primates", The 5th Chinese Physiopsychology Conference, Shantou, Guangdong, China, Oct 22-25, 2014.
4. Ji Dai, Daniel I. Brooks, David L. Sheinberg. "Establishing a standard protocol for effective integration of optogenetic methods in awake behaving non-human primate experiments", Society for Neuroscience, 2013. San Diego, California.
5. Ji Dai, Daniel I. Brooks, David L. Sheinberg. "Modulating Attention by Optogenetic Stimulation in the Non-human Primate", Society for Neuroscience, 2012. New Orleans, Louisiana.
6. Daniel I. Brooks, Ji Dai, & David L. Sheinberg. "The Contribution of Area LIP to Naturalistic Visual Search", Society for Neuroscience, 2012. New Orleans, Louisiana.
7. Daniel I. Brooks, Ji Dai, & David L. Sheinberg. "Contextual Cueing in Visual Search Through Naturalistic Scenes by Primates", 19th Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition, 2012. Melbourne, Florida
8. I. Ozden, J. Wang, D. A. Borton, F. B. P. Wagner, B. R. M. Brush, N. S. Agha, D. I. Brooks, J. Dai, M. Diagne, D. L. Sheinberg, A. V. Nurmikko. "A Versatile Tool for Optogenetic Neuromodulation in Non-human Primates: The Single Coaxial Optrode". Society for Neuroscience, 2011. Washington, DC
9. Daniel I. Brooks, Ji Dai, and David L. Sheinberg. "Scene-based Contextual Cueing in the Rhesus Macaque", Vision Sciences Society 11th Annual Meeting, 2011. Naples, Florida
10. Yi Wang, Ji Dai, Ran Li and Yong Wang. "Neural Mechanisms Underlying Luminance Responses in Primary Visual Cortex", The Fourth Shanghai International Conference on Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 2011. Shanghai.



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