Shujing Zhou

Shujing (Maggie) Zhou

Coming into Penn with some short-term research experience in high school and a profound interest in neuroscience, I was enthusiastic about getting involved with some in-depth, long-term research projects. Through CURF, I matched with John Dani’s lab at the beginning of my freshman year. I was trained for wet lab skills systematically as my mentor Mani would let me observe and practice every step of the experimental process. Because of COVID, we had to suspend our in-person research for a year, but my mentor and I decided to use the unfortunate timing as an opportunity to build my data analytics skills. During that time, I was able to master MATLAB with no prior experience and conduct my first data analysis project for the lab. Over the summer of 2021, I was working full-time at the lab with lots of hands-on experience. The research experience gave me both skills and confidence as a researcher and inspired me to also pursue a graduate degree in neuroscience and a career in neuropsychopharmacology. With the wonderful research and mentoring experience I’ve had in Dr. Dani’s lab, I want to help guide other undergraduates who want to get involved in research. I would love to talk about neuroscience and psychology in general and how interesting the neuropsychopharmacology field is. I would also love to help answer any questions about starting doing research, finding research, conducting research as an international student, or anything regarding research experience in general. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!


  • International Students
  • Research