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Feng Tao

Feng Tao

Associate Professor

Baylor College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX   75246

Phone: 214-828-8272
Fax: 214-874-4538
tao@tamhsc.edu

Education and Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (2000-2005)

Ph.D., Neurobiology, Fudan University Shanghai Medical College, Shanghai, China (2000)

M.S., Neurophysiology, Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai, China (1992)

M.D. Medicine, Wannan Medical College, Wuhu, China (1986)

Career History

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry (2014-present)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2009-2014

Instructor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2007-2009)

Research Associate, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2005-2006)

Physician  (Neurology), Department of Neurology, Nanjing Medical University Brain Hospital (1992-1997)

Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Physiology, Wannan Medical College (1986-1989)

Research Interests

  • Central mechanisms of pain transmission and analgesia
  • Antinociceptive effect of motor cortex stimulation using optogenetics
  • Stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury-induced chronic neuropathic pain
  • Neural circuits related to pain sensation using optogenetic manipulation combined with multi-channel recording in freely behaving mice

Recent grants

  •  A new animal model for stress-induced transition from acute to chronic pain.  NIH/NIDCR R01 DE022880 (7/1/2012-6/30/2017
  • Unveiling the antinociceptive effect of motor cortex stimulation using optogenetics. The Blaustein Pain Research Grant (1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014)
  • Targeting PDZ to unravel early anesthetic exposure-produced cognitive dysfunction.  NIH/NIGMS R01 GM110674 (5/1/2014 - 3/31/2018)

Recent Publications

F Tao, J Skinner, Y Yang, RA Johns. 2010.   Effect of PSD-95/SAP90 and/or PSD-95/Chapsyn-110 deficiency on the minimum alveolar anesthetic concentration of halothane in mice.  Anesthesiology 112:1444-51.

X Chi, T Amet, D Byrd, K Chang, K Shah, N Hu, A Grantham, S Hu, J Duan, F Tao, G Nicol, Q Yu.  2011.  Direct effects of HIV-1 Tat on excitability and survival of primary dorsal root ganglion neurons: Possible contribution to HIV-1-associated pain.  PLoS ONE 6:e24412.

F Tao, Q Li, S Liu, H Wu, J Skinner, A Hurtado, V Belegu, O Furmanski, Y Yang, JW McDonald, RA Johns. 2013. Role of neuregulin-1ErbB signaling in stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury-induced chronic neuropathic pain.  Stem Cells 31:83-91.

C Li, S Liu, Y Xing, F Tao.  2014.  Role of hippocampal tau protein phosphorylation in isoflurane-induced cognitive dysfunction in transgenic APP695.  Anesthesia & Analgesia.  In press

C Li, Y Yang, S Liu, H Fang, Y Zhang, O Furmanski, J Skinner, Y Xing, RA Johns, RL Huganir, F Tao.  2014  Stress induces pain transition by potentiation of AMPA receptor phosphorylation.  Journal of Neuroscience.  In press


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