Xinzhong Dong, PhD
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Dr. Dong received his bachelor degree from College of Holy Cross in 1992. He completed the Ph.D. program in the Department of Biological Chemistry at UCLA in 1998 and received his postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology where he discovered Mrgpr gene family. 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 immune cell-mediated drug toxicity. His lab has identified a family of G protein-coupled receptors, Mrgprs, as novel itch receptors and a subpopulation of nociceptors as itch-sensing neurons. In addition, his lab has generated genetic tools for classification and functional characterization of sensory neurons and innate immune cells. Due to the high translational value of the projects, his lab has been collaborating with multiple companies. In addition, he has trained many successful young scientists. In his time at Hopkins he has quickly risen to the rank of Professor in recognition of his teaching, mentorship, and research. In 2015, Dr. Dong was selected as a Howard Hughes Investigator.