Ru-Rong Ji, PhDProfessor and Co-Director

Dr. Ji received his PhD in Neuroscience from Chinese Academy of Sciences. Before joining Duke University, he was a faculty at Harvard Medical School (1998-2012). Currently he is a Distinguished Professor of Duke University and Co-Director of Center for Translational Pain Medicine. He is also a Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, and Cell Biology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Ji began his pain research career by studying mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia. His early work has revealed the brain neurocircuits that are activated by neuromodulation, including electro acupuncture (EA, 1992-1994) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS, 1998). Currently, his lab studies how glial cells (microglia and astrocytes), immune cells, cancer cells, and stem cells regulate chronic pain in the context of inflammation and neuroinflammation. His lab also studies how fish oil-derived specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) control the resolution of pain and inflammation. His lab is also interested in molecular mechanisms of chronic itch. Dr. Ji’s group has revealed a number of novel molecular targets for controlling pain and itch. Dr. Ji has published 190 peer-reviewed papers in top medical and neuroscience journals. He also serves at editorial boards of “Journal of Neuroscience”, “Anesthesiology”, “Pain”, and “Neuroscience Bulletin.”
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Revealing Circuits of Pain and Itch: From Molecules to Networks