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Ru Rong Ji

Ru Rong Ji

Duke University Medical Center


Ru-Rong Ji, Ph.D., is a professor of anesthesiology. He also serves as chief of pain research in the Department of Anesthesiology. He previously was an associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, before joining the Duke faculty in 2012. His research focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms of chronic pain, such as inflammatory pain, neuropathic pain, and cancer pain. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to demonstrating critical roles of MAP kinase signaling pathways and glial cells in the pathogenesis of chronic pain. His recent work has demonstrated powerful antinociceptive actions of pro-resolution lipid mediators (e.g., resolvins). Dr. Ji lectures internationally and reviews papers for numerous international journals. He also serves on National Institutes of Health review panels and the editorial boards of Pain, Neuroscience, and Neuroscience Bulletin. Dr. Ji earned a Ph.D. in neurobiology at Shanghai Institute of Physiology and completed postdoctoral training at Peking (Beijing) University Medical School, Karolinska Institute, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He later joined Massachusetts General Hospital as an instructor.

Research Interest

Inflammatory pain, neuropathic pain, and cancer pain