Xiao-Bing Gao PhD

Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Departments & Organizations

Office of Student ResearchComparative Medicine: Integrative Cell Signaling & Neurobiology of Metabolism (ICSNM)Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences: Reproductive Neurosciences Group

Research Interests

Neurotransmission; Neurotransmitter response and synaptic plasticity; Cellular physiology of neuropeptides (hypocretin/orexin, melanin concentrating hormone, neuropeptide Y, ghrelin, leptin, and a-MSH); Ion channels (Na+, Ca2+, K+ channels); Electrophysiology/patch clamp recording; calcium imaging; Hypothalamus/lateral hypothalamic area; Energy homeostasis/feeding regulation; Sleep homeostasis and regulation; Drug addiction


  • Ph.D., Shanghai Institute of Physiology, China , 1996

Selected Publication

  • Liu, Z.W., Faraguna, U., Cirelli, C., Tononi, G., Gao, X.B. (2010) Direct evidence for wake-related increases and sleep-related decreases in synaptic strength in rodent cortex. J Neuroscience 30: 8671-8675.

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Scientist Development Grant(2001) , American Heart Association