Auditory Perception and Cognition Lab

Lixia Gao Ph.D.;Lixia Gao.CV

Lab interests: Audition, sound processing in awake primates, speech/music/complex sounds processing, thalamocortical circuity.

Methods: Intracellular/extracellular recordings from awake and/or behaving marmosets, electrical/optogenetic stimulation, cooling, pharmacological manipulation.


Dr. Gao is known for her studies in auditory processing in primate cerebral cortex. She obtained her B.A. degree from Inner Mongolia University (2000), M.S. degree from East China Normal University(2004) and Ph.D. from Chinese Academy of Sciences(2009). And then she worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Hong Kong Polytechnic University for two years where she dedicated herself in the study of thalamic neurons and meanwhile awarded "tomorrow's star" by the  GlaxoSmithKline, China. In 2011, she went to work at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and made great achievment in developing the intracellular recording technique in cortex of awake marmosets. She also found the subthreshold mechanisms underlying temporal coding schemes to time-varying stimuli in auditory cortex of awake primates. At the beginning of 2017, she went back to china to continue her reserch on auditory pecetion and congntion in the Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience and Technology of Zhejiang University.