Ling Cao currently works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an Assistant Professor at the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, University of New England, Biddeford, Me, USA. Cao got her M.D. degree in 1997 in clinical medicine from Beijing Medical University (currently Peking University Health Science Center) and her Ph.D. degree in 2002 in toxicology from the University at Albany (SUNY). She is interested in the understanding of the interactions between the nervous system and the immune system. Her laboratory is currently investigating the neuroimmune mechanisms of neuropathic pain using two rodent models, peripheral injury-induced neuropathic pain, and retroviral infection-induced neuropathy. The primary interests of these investigations are the interactions between central nervous system- (CNS-) infiltrating leukocytes (mainly CD4 + T cells and macrophages) and CNS resident cells (mainly microglia, astrocytes, and neurons). Dr. Cao’s investigation is to bridge basic scientific findings into clinic therapeutics for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Dr. Cao has served as a reviewer for many related journals, including the Journal of Neuroimmunology and the Journal of Pain.
Biography Updated on 2 October 2012