Xiaoqin Wang, Ph.D.
Time: Jan 19, 2022

Director,Tsinghua Laboratory of Brain and Intelligence

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience and Otolaryngology, Johns Hopkins University

2017- current: Director,Tsinghua Laboratory of Brain and Intelligence

2010-current: Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tsinghua University

2008-2017: Director of Tsinghua University - Johns Hopkins University Joint Research Center for Biomedical Engineering

1995-current: Assistant professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering/Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

1991-1995 Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, San Francisco

1986-1991 Doctor of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

1985-1986 M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan

1980-1984 Bachelor of Radio Electronics, Sichuan University

Our laboratory is interested in understanding the neural basis of auditory perception and vocal communication in a naturalistic environment. We are interested in revealing neural coding mechanisms operating in the cerebral cortex and how cortical representations of biologically important sounds emerge through development and learning. Perception and production of communication sounds (e.g. human speech and animal vocalizations) are among the most important behaviors of humans and many animals species. Because of the complexity and behavioral importance of communication sounds, understanding their neural representations in the cerebral cortex will help reveal computational principles that the brain uses to process a wide range of sounds we experience daily such as speech and music. Understanding how the brain processes such sounds will provide invaluable insights into neural mechanisms underlying human language perception as well as how the brain functions during social interactions. We use a combination of neurophysiological methods and state-of-the-art engineering and computational techniques to tackle our research questions.