Xiaoqin Wang, Johns Hopkins Medicine, USA
Dr. Xiaoqin Wang is a professor of biomedical engineering, neuroscience and otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Sichuan University (China) in 1984, MS degree in electrical engineering and computer science from University of Michigan in 1986 and Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1991. He conducted postdoctoral research in University of California at San Francisco between 1991-1995. He joined the faculty of Biomedical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University in 1995 as an assistant professor and was promoted to full professor in 2005. He was the recipient of US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 1999. Dr. Wang’s research is in the areas of auditory neuroscience and neural engineering. His work has focused on the understanding of the structure and functions of the auditory cortex and the neural basis of vocal communication. His laboratory has pioneered a unique animal model, a highly vocal New World primate, the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). Using this model system, his laboratory has systematically studied neural coding properties of the auditory cortex in awake and behaving conditions and revealed specialized cortical representations of complex sound features such as pitch and harmonicity. His laboratory has also discovered neural mechanisms involved in vocal feedback control and self-monitoring during speaking.
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