Xiang Gao, PhD, joined Indiana University School of Medicine faculty in 2016. He is an assistant research professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery specializing in traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Gao studies the pathological changes and underlying mechanisms of brain trauma with the goal of developing new intervention for treatment.
Dr. Gao was pursuing his PhD at the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, China where his neurological studies prepared him with skills for scientific research. His postdoctoral training at University of Kentucky and IU School of Medicine eventually led him to an interest in brain trauma.
Dr. Gao currently serves as a principal investigator in a laboratory located in Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, where his main interests are to find an effective way to mitigate, or even prevent, cell death and dendritic/synaptic degeneration post TBI; to explore the potential therapeutic interventions for repairing damaged neural circuitries; and to study the molecular mechanisms underlie immune response and neuroinflammation post-trauma.
Dr. Gao's journey reflects a remarkable commitment to understanding and addressing the traumatic brain injury, as he strives to forge innovative solutions that could potentially benefit the lives of TBI patients.
In his free time, Dr. Gao enjoys being with his wife and their children for variety of activities, such as different ball games, hiking, fishing and traveling.