Xinzhong Dong completed the Ph.D. program in the Department of Biological Chemistry at UCLA and received his postdoc training at Caltech. He started his own lab at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2004 and has made pioneer discoveries on understanding itch and pain mechanisms as well as innate immunity by characterizing the Mrgpr family. His lab has also generated various genetic tools for classification and functional characterization of nociceptors and their interaction with immune cells. He has trained many successful young scientists. In his time at Hopkins he has risen to the rank of Professor in recognition of his teaching, mentorship, and research. He is also an investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
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