We are interested in understanding cortical plasticity and reorganization in traumatic brain injury (TBI), posttraumatic epilepsy, and neuropathic pain, and developing novel treatments and prevention for these diseases.  A major direction we have been focusing on is to test the role of homeostatic activity regulation in the mechanism and treatment of posttraumatic epilepsy and neuropathic pain. Other ongoing projects include determining the role of CD1d/NKT cell signaling in the development of posttraumatic epilepsy and using statins for its prevention, developing magnetoelectric nanoparticles for non-invasive and more efficient brain stimulation, and studying cortical plasticity after TBI. In addition, we explore the effects of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine on these diseases.

Subject Area:

  • Neuroscience


  • Pain Research
  • Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research
Neuroscience, Human Anatomy, Cell Biology
PhD, West Virginia University, Neuroscience, 2002
MS, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, China, Neuroscience, 1992
BS, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, China, Chinese Medicine, 1989
epilepsy traumatic brain injury neuropathic pain acupuncture homeostatic