Xiao-Jun Li

I am working on hair cell regeneration in murine cochlea. I discovered the mechanism of how supporting cells be reprogrammed and differentiated to hair cells. I also discovered some new progenitor genes in hair cell regeneration. This work was done in the lab of Angelika Doetzlhofer.

Questions & Answers

Why did you choose Johns Hopkins for your work?

Johns Hopkins is worldwide famous for its medical school. And there are a lot of famous scientists at Johns Hopkins. I am sure there will be more opportunities at Johns Hopkins.

What does receiving this award mean to you personally and professionally? Do you have any connection with the particular award you received?

It is my great honor to be chosen for the W. Barry Wood Jr. Award. This is a milestone in my research career as a postdoc.

What contributed to your project’s success?

I think the most important is interest. I really like working on hair cell regeneration.

What thoughts do you have about Young Investigators’ Day itself, as a celebration of the roles students and fellows play in research at Johns Hopkins?

It’s a good opportunity for young scientists to share their research experience and fantastic work with the new Ph.D. and master’s students.

What has been your best/most memorable experience while at Johns Hopkins?

For my project, I need to do cochlear surface preparation, which is very difficult. At the beginning, I often asked my mentor, Angelika Doetzlhofer, to help me. She is like a friend, and she was very patient when helping me for the dissection. Sometimes it took her several hours to do the dissection, and she also came on the weekend to help me for the experiment.

What are your plans over the next year or so?

I am planning to continue working on research.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I like music and swimming.