David Zeng studied neuroscience with a concentration in cellular and molecular biology at Johns Hopkins University and graduated with a B.S. in May of 2022. During college, his scientific journey began upon joining an auditory neuroscience lab headed by Dr. Dwight Bergles where he contributed to a project studying the role of gap junctions on congenital hearing loss. In 2020, he collaborated with Dr. Amanda Brown on a basic science project studying the molecular role of OPN on modulating the inflammatory response to HIV in macrophages, culminating in a presentation for the undergraduate DREAMS symposium and honors award for graduation.
Title : Assessing the role of osteopontin in regulating cytokine expression among macrophages and neuroinflammatory pathways in HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND)