Chunxiu (Traci) Yu

Traci Yu


  • Research Assistant Professor
  • PhD, Neurobiology, The Weizmann Institute of Science


Traci works with Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and Parkinson’s
Disease (PD). Prior to coming to Michigan Tech she served as a research scientist at Duke University and conducted post-doctoral work in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke.

The long term goal of her work is to understand the circuit mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effects of DBS for PD using a combination of electrophysiology, anatomy, optogenetics and behavior.

Research Interests

  • Brain and Behavior
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Reward-Guided Learning
  • Addiction
  • Attention