Chuan-Chin Chiao (焦傳金)


Professor & Director

Institute of Systems Neuroscience &

Department of Life Science

National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Phone    886-3-574-2464

Fax        886-3-571-5934

Office     LSII-646      

Lab        LSII-639


Lab website


Senior Adjunct Scientist (since 2014)

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA


Director (since 2014)

Center for Teaching and Learning Development

National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan


Academic background

Associate Professor (2008-2012) - National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Visiting Scientist (fall, 2008) - University of California, Irvine, USA

Adjunct Scientist (2007-2014) - Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA

Assistant Professor (2002-2008) - National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Postdoc Fellow (2000-2002) - Harvard University, USA

Grass Fellow (summer, 2000) - Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA

PhD (1994-2000) - University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), USA

BS (1987-1991) - National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan


Research interests (full description)

I am interested in a variety of vision related topics. This includes: retinal neurobiology, visual camouflage, visual ecology, visual neuroethology, neural regeneration, and retinal prosthesis. Multidisciplinary approaches are undertaken in the lab to seek deep understanding of vision in the context of biology.



Life science I & II (biology major)

Cellular Neuroscience (MOOC)

Systems Neuroscience (MOOC)

Cognitive Neuroscience

Contemporary Cognitive Neuroscience: Brain and Mind (OCW)


Awards and Honors

Distinguished Professorship, 2012, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Best Lecturer Award, 2012, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Wu Ta-You Young Investigator Award, 2011, National Science Council, Taiwan

Best Lecturer Award, 2009, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Best Lecturer Award, 2006, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan


Recent publications (complete list)

Chen, Y.-P. and Chiao C.-C. Spatial distribution of excitatory synapses on the dendrites of ganglion cells in the mouse retina. PLoS ONE 9: e86159 (2014).

Lee Y.-H., Chang Y.-C., Yan H.Y., and Chiao C.-C. Early visual experience of background contrast affects the expression of NMDA-like glutamate receptors in the optic lobe of cuttlefish, Sepia pharaonis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 447:86-92 (2013).

Chan Y.-C. and Chiao C.-C. The distribution of the preferred directions of the ON-OFF direction selective ganglion cells in the rabbit retina requires refinement after eye opening. Physiological Reports 1:e00013 (2013).

Hwang Y.-S., Chiang P.-R., Hong W.-H., Chiao C.-C., Chu I.-M., Hsiue G.-H., and Shen C.-R. Study in vivo intraocular biocompatibility of in situ gelation hydrogels: Poly(2-Ethyl Oxazoline)-Block-Poly(e-Caprolactone)-Block-Poly(2-Ethyl Oxazoline) copolymer, matrigel and pluronic F127. PLoS ONE 8: e67495 (2013).

Hanlon R.T., Chiao C.-C., Mäthger L.M., and Marshall N.J. A fish-eye view of cuttlefish camouflage using in-situ spectrometry. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 109:535-551 (2013).

Chiao C.-C. and Hanlon R.T. Animal Camouflage. McGraw-Hill 2013 Yearbook pp. 21-25 (2013).

Chiao C.-C., Ulmer K.M., Siemann L.A., Buresch K.C., Chubb C., and Hanlon R.T. How visual edge features influence cuttlefish camouflage patterning. Vision Research 83:40-47 (2013).

Huang K.-L. and Chiao C.-C. Can cuttlefish learn by observing others? Animal Cognition 16:313-320 (2013).

Akkaynak D., Allen J.J., Mäthger L.M., Chiao C.-C., and Hanlon R.T. Quantification of cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) camouflage: A study of color and luminance using in situ spectrometry. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 199:211-225 (2013).


Last updated July 26, 2014