Dr. Peng Lei is a Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, China. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in 2012 (with Chancellors Award), and did his post-doc training at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health before returning to Sichuan. Dr. Lei has authored 77 publications (4700+ citations), including key author publications in Nature Medicine, Nature Chemical Biology, and Molecular Psychiatry. He discovered the involvement of tau protein in metal homeostasis and its implications in neurological disorders, and currently focuses on the physiological functions of metals and their pathological consequences in brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and ischemic stroke. Dr. Lei has received several prestigious fellowships and competitive funding locally and internationally.

Dr. Lei has been an active member of APSN (Asia-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry) since 2014, a council member of APSN (2018-2022), a council member of the Chinese Neuroscience Society (2019-2023), a member of the Journal of Neurochemistry Ed Board (since 2019), and currently serves in a few sub-committees of ISN, including the ISN-JNC Flagship School Committee, Program Committee of the 2023 ISN-ESN Meeting, and Schools Initiative Committee.

Vision statement: I would hope to represent our colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region, and also hopefully the younger generation of neurochemists worldwide. I will strongly promote ISN activities and the Journal of Neurochemistry as a key journal in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, I am well positioned to foster closer ties between ISN/APSN and the Chinese neurochemistry and neuroscience communities and expand the reach of both ISN and JNC within China and the Asia-Pacific more broadly.