Hao Wu

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Welcome to my personal academic website. I obtained my Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 2021. At Harvard, I worked at the Murthy lab in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, where I study neuronal coding of olfaction. Here is my curriculum vitae. During my undergraduate years at UC Berkeley, I worked at the Ginsberg Lab developing microscopy tools to study photovoltaic materials.

I’m from Shanghai, China. My love for science dates back to 5th grade when my science teacher shot a rocket with citric acid and baking soda. In my free time, I enjoy running and windsurfing.


Email: hwu01 [at] g.harvard.edu

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Jan 2019 - My lab's research of ant navigation is featured in a New York Times article, including a short clip of motor-tracked, computer-labeled ant movements that I collected with AntCam and analyzed with DeepLabCut.


All-optical electrophysiology reveals the role of lateral inhibition in sensory processing in cortical layer 1

Fan, L. Z.; Kheifets, S.; Böhm, U. L.; Wu, H.; Piatkevich, K. D.; Parot, V.; Xie, M. E.; Ha, Y.; Evans, K. E.; Boyden, E. S.; Takesian, A. E.; Cohen, A. E., Cell, 2020

Voltage imaging and optogenetics reveal behaviour-dependent changes in hippocampal dynamics

Adam, Y.; Kim, J. J.; Shan, L.; Zhao, Y.; Xie, M. E.; Brinks, D.; Wu, H.; Mostajo-Radji, M. A.; Kheifets, S.; Parot, V.; Chettih, S.; Williams, K. J.; Farhi, S. L.; Madisen, L.; Harvey, C. D.; Zeng, H.; Arlotta, P.; Campbell, R. E.; Cohen, A. E., Nature, 2019

All-optical synaptic electrophysiology probes mechanism of ketamine-induced disinhibition

Fan, L. Z.; Nehme, R.; Adam, Y.; Jung, E. S.; Wu, H; Eggan, K.; Arnold, D. B.; Cohen, A. E., Nat. Methods, 2018, 15, 823-31

Origin of reversible photoinduced phase separation in hybrid perovskites

Bischak, C. G.; Hetherington, C. L.; Wu, H.; Aloni, S.; Ogletree, D. F.; Limmer, D. T.; Ginsberg, N. S., Nano Lett., 2017, 17, 1028-33

Relating the physical structure and optoelectronic function of crystalline TIPS-pentacene.

Sharifzadeh, S.,; Wong, C. Y.; Wu, H.; Cotts, B. L.; Kronik, L.; Ginsberg , N.S.; Neaton, J. B., Adv. Funct. Mater., 2015, 25, 2038–46.

Revealing exciton dynamics in a small-molecule organic semiconducting film with sub-domain transient absorption microscopy

Wong, C. Y.; Penwell, S. B.; Cotts, B. L.; Noriega, R.; Wu, H.; Ginsberg , N.S., J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 117, 22111-22.