Last update:  2021 / 07 / 13

Hui Vivian Chiu
Google ScholarORCID | @HchiuT
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PhD | California Institute of Technology (Caltech) | Dr. David Anderson

Visiting Student | HHMI Janelia Research Campus | Dr. Barry Dickson

MS |  National Taiwan University (NTU) | Dr. Yi-Chun Wu


2021 Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize | Caltech

- Awarded to the best 2 PhD theses across all academic divisions

  2021 Lawrence L. and Audrey W. Ferguson Prize | Caltech

  - Awarded to the best 2 Biology PhD theses

2008 Research Creativity Award | Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan

  - Nationwide top 5% undergraduate research performance


Research Articles

Chiu, H.*, Hoopfer, E.D., Coughlan, M.L., Pavlou, H.J., Goodwin, S.F., and Anderson, D.J.* (2021). A circuit logic for sexually shared and dimorphic aggressive behaviors in Drosophila. Cell 184, 507-520.e16.

*Co-corresponding authors

 -Featured in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, "Fly Fighters"

  -Co-conceptualized the project, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, and co-wrote the manuscript

Jung, Y., Kennedy, A., Chiu, H., Mohammad, F., Claridge-Chang, A., and Anderson, D.J. (2020). Neurons that function within an integrator to promote a persistent behavioral state in Drosophila. Neuron 105, 322-333.e5.

 -Cloned the nls-GCaMP, the enhancers, and generated the transgenic flies

Chiu, H., Zou, Y., Suzuki, N., Hsieh, Y.-W., Chuang, C.-F., Wu, Y.-C., and Chang, C. (2018). Engulfing cells promote neuronal regeneration and remove neuronal debris through distinct biochemical functions of CED-1. Nature Communication 9, 4842.

-Co-conceptualized the project, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, co-wrote the manuscript

Yu, J.-Y., Kim, J., Holland, D.B., Mou, Y., Chiu, H., Blake, G.A., Lee, W., Guo, G.-L. (2018). Multiphoton structured thin-plane imaging with a single optical path. Optical letters 43, 5271-5274.

-Provided the biological samples

Watanabe, K., Chiu, H., Pfeiffer, B.D., Wong, A.M., Hoopfer, E.D., Rubin, G.M., and Anderson, D.J. (2017). A circuit node that integrates convergent input from neuromodulatory and social behavior-promoting neurons to control aggression in Drosophila. Neuron 95, 1112-1128.e7.

-Performed the in vivo calcium imaging experiment and analyzed the data

Dong, X., Chiu, H., Park, Y.J., Zou, W., Zou, Y., Özkan, E., Chang, C., and Shen, K. (2016). Precise regulation of the guidance receptor DMA-1 by KPC-1/Furin instructs dendritic branching decisions. ELife 5, e11008.

-Contributed unpublished reagents and data

Flytzanis, N.C., Bedbrook, C.N., Chiu, H., Engqvist, M.K., Xiao, C., Chan, K.Y., Sternberg, P.W., Arnold, F.H., and Gradinaru, V. (2014). Archaerhodopsin variants with enhanced voltage-sensitive fluorescence in mammalian and Caenorhabditis elegans neurons. Nature Communications 5, 4894.

-Generated the transgenic C. elegance reagents and performed the in vivo imaging experiment 

Davenport, A.M., Collins, L.N., Chiu, H., Minor, P.J., Sternberg, P.W., and Hoelz, A. (2014). Structural and functional characterization of the alpha-tubulin acetyltransferase MEC-17. Journal of Molecular Biology 426, 2605-2616.

-Generated the transgenic worms and performed behavioral analysis

Chiu, H.*, Schwartz, H.T.*, Antoshechkin, I., and Sternberg, P.W. (2013). Transgene-free genome editing in Caenorhabditis elegans using CRISPR-Cas. Genetics 195, 1167-1171.

* Equal contribution

-Co-conceptualized the project, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, and co-wrote the manuscript

Zou, Y.*, Chiu, H.*, Zinovyeva, A., Ambros, V., Chuang, C.F., and Chang, C. (2013). Developmental decline in neuronal regeneration by the progressive change of two intrinsic timers. Science 340, 372-376. 

* Equal contribution

-Co-conceptualized the project, performed the experiments, and analyzed the data

Zou, Y., Chiu, H., Domenger, D., Chuang, C.F., and Chang, C. (2012). The lin-4 microRNA targets the LIN-14 transcription factor to inhibit netrin-mediated axon attraction. Science Signaling 5, ra43.

-Performed the experiments and analyzed the data


Chiu, H., and Chang, C. (2013). Rejuvenating nerve cells in adults. Aging 5, 485-486.

Chiu, H., Alqadah, A., Chuang, C.F., and Chang, C. (2011). C. elegans as a genetic model to identify novel cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying nervous system regeneration. Cell Adhesion & Migration 5, 387-394.



2020 Neurolunch | Caltech 

2018 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Meeting: Neuronal Circuits

2017 Biolunch | Caltech

2015 Biolunch | Caltech

2013 19th International C. elegans Meeting  | Genome Editing Workshop


 2018 HHMI Science Meeting

 2018 CSHL Brains & Behavior: Order & Disorder in the Nervous System

 2013 19th International C. elegans Meeting 

Guest Lecture

2017 Physics of Measurement | Caltech 

     Introduced Drosophila neuroscience research to physics students


2021 Eliot Arts Academy Science Night | "Sex, Fear, and Anger: Understand Your Brain and Emotions"

Explained neuroscience research to middle school students 


2021 Virtual Active Science Engagement  | "Be you, and better"

  Shared my academic pathfinding journey with  undergraduates worldwide    


2020 Judge | Doris S Perpall Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Speaking Competition | Caltech

  2015 - 2017 Organizer | BBE Graduate Student Seminar Series | Caltech

2015 Judge | SURF Symposium | Caltech 

2014 Session Chair | SURF Symposium | Caltech


2021 mentored i-STEM Scholar | high school students from first-generation and low-income background

2019 mentored Caltech WAVE Fellow | underrepresented or educationally disadvantaged students

-The student was awarded the "Genentech Fellow" title for her research performance 

2016 - 2020 mentored several rotation students


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Laboratory Two-photon calcium imaging 

     Genetic-based experiments 

     Molecular cloning

     Animal behavior analysis