JC Cang's portrait

JC Cang

Paul T. Jones II Jefferson Scholars Foundation Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2001)


With dual appointments in biology and psychology, JC Cang is uniquely positioned to collaborate with colleagues across multiple specialties and to shore up the curriculum for UVA’s neuroscience program. Not only has he designed several new courses, including the student-favorite “Neuroscience Through the Nobels,” an overview of the Nobel-winning discoveries that have profoundly shaped the field, but he also runs a state-of-the-art lab, where he examines two brain structures in the visual system in order to identify treatments for visual impairments. As director of the neuroscience undergraduate major, Cang dedicates much of his time to advising students and his efforts have helped expand the program from approximately 25 students in 2021 to more than 80 students in 2023.