Dr. Ji Zhang is an associate professor jointly appointed by Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Faculty of Dentistry. Her research interest and objectives are to understand the contribution of the immune system in abnormal pain behavior. Various animal models of persistent pain to mimic human disease conditions are used to dissect underlying mechanisms. Expected findings will advance the understanding on how the immune system and non-neuronal cells interfere with neuronal function, resulting in sensory disorders. The goal is to provide insights for new treatment strategies.
Three research themes are currently active in the laboratory:
- Theme 1: The involvement of the immune system in persistent pain;
- Theme 2: Molecular and cellular mechanisms of autoimmune peripheral neuropathy;
- Theme 3: The influence of dietary habit and gut microbiota in pain behavior
Her work has been funded by CIHR, NSERC, FRQS and some private funding agencies. Dr. Zhang has been a CIHR new Investigator and FRSQ research scholar.