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Shuohao Sun: Alice Showalter Reynolds Award

Johns Hopkins is a top-notch research institution with cutting edge neuroscience labs and a very collegial environment.

Shuohao Sun

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Mentor: Xinzhong Dong

Project Details

My graduate work provides novel insights about how pain and itch can crosstalk with each other in the central nervous systems, which challenges the dogma in the field that these two sensations are coded as labeled lines. Accordingly, I proposed a “leaky gate” model to explain how a small subset of neurons filters strong pain signals while passing through weak pain signals and itch signals, which can better explain observations from human psychophysical studies.

Learn more about the Dong Lab

Why did you choose Johns Hopkins for your work?

Johns Hopkins is a top-notch research institution with cutting edge neuroscience labs and a very collegial environment.

What does receiving this award mean to you?

It is a great honor for me to receive this award. I've been attending the YID event since my first year in graduate school. It really means a lot to me both personally and professionally.

What contributed to your project's success?

Guidance from my mentor, Dr. Xinzhong Dong and, of course, perseverance.

What has been your best or most memorable experience while at Hopkins?

My whole graduate school experience here at Johns Hopkins has been really enjoyable and memorable.

What are your plans over the next year or so?

I'm starting a postdoc training here at Johns Hopkins and hope to be an independent investigator in the next few years.

What is one unique fact about you?

I've met the love of my life in graduate school and we got married shortly after I graduated.