Lina Ni has been officially named Assistant Professor in the School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech, part of the Virginia Tech College of Science.
Dr. Ni research focuses on understanding how sensory systems regulate behavior. During her PhD training, she identified two essential molecular regulators that are required to maintain Drosophila visual sensitivity. Her postdoctoral research focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control temperature sensation. Her studies have discovered two new classes of molecular thermoreceptors and dissected the complex responses of flies to thermal gradients of different steepness.