Na Ji

Na Ji

Associate Professor

Office: 280 Li Ka Shing Center

Research Area(s): Biophysics


Na Ji received her B.S. in Chemical Physics from the University of Science & Technology of China in 2000. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Berkeley in 2005. She started working as a postdoctoral fellow at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2006, before becoming a Group Leader there in 2011. She returned to Berkeley and joined the Physics and Molecular & Cell Biology Departments in 2016. She will become a fulltime faculty here in summer 2017.

Research Interests

We develop and apply novel imaging methods to understand the brain. Besides inventing methods that make an immediate impact on neuroscience, we also aim to extend the applications of our technologies to other living (and nonliving) systems.


Lu R, et al. "Video-rate volumetric functional imaging of the brain at synaptic resolution", Nature Neuroscience (2017) 20, 620-628.

Sun W, Tan Z, Mensh BD, Ji N, "Thalamus provides layer 4 of primary visual cortex with orientation- and direction-tuned inputs", Nature Neuroscience (2016) 19, 308–315.

Wang K, Sun W, Richie CT, Harvey BK, Betzig E, Ji N, "Direct wavefront sensing for high-resolution in vivo imaging in scattering tissue", Nature Communications (2015) 6, 7276.

Wang C, et al. "Multiplexed aberration measurement for deep tissue imaging in vivo", Nature Methods (2014) 11, 1037–1040.