Our Current Faculty

Sinyoung Kang, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Education
  • Ewha Womans University
Graduate Education
  • Ewha Womans University
Medical School
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • University of Iowa
Research Interests
  • Mechanisms of pain and functional impairment after major surgery
  • Afferent mechanisms mediating reflex inhibition of phrenic motor output after upper abdominal surgery
  • Role of TRPA1 and reactive oxygen species in postoperative pain
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral, University of Iowa, 2013 to 2014
  • International Association for the Study of Pain Travel Award for the 13th World Congress in Pain, 2010
  • Research Assistant Scholarships (2 times), Ewha Womans University, 2005 to 2006
  • Award for the Highest Score on the Korean Board of Anesthesiology’s In-training Examination, 2002
  • Ewha Graduate Research Fellowship, Ewha Womans University, 2001
  • Honor Scholarships (7 times), Ewha Womans University, 1995-1998
  • Ewha Scholarship, Ewha Womans University, 1994
  • Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Anesthesia, 2015 to present
  • Associate, University of Iowa, Anesthesia, 2011-2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Iowa, Anesthesia, 2009-2010
  • Research Fellow/Visiting Associate, University of Iowa, Anesthesia, 2006-2009


  1. Sugiyama D, Kang S, Arpey N, Arunakul P, Usachev YM, Brennan TJ: H2O2 Induces Muscle Nociception via Transient Receptor Potential Ankyrin 1 Receptors. Anesthesiology 2017 Jun; aheadofprint

  2. Sugiyama D, Kang S, Brennan TJ: Muscle Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) Contribute to Post-Incisional Guarding via the TRPA1 Receptor. PLoS One 2017 Jan; 12(1):e0170410

  3. Brennan TJ, Lennertz RC, Kang S: Are Opioid-tolerant Patients Resistant to Local Anesthetic Nerve Blockade?: We Need More Information. Anesthesiology 2016 Oct; 125(4):625-6

  4. Dalm BD, Reddy CG, Howard MA, Kang S, Brennan TJ: Conditioned place preference and spontaneous dorsal horn neuron activity in chronic constriction injury model in rats. Pain 2015 Nov; 156(12):2562-71

  5. Kang S, Brennan TJ: Pain Models: Translational Relevance and Applications Handwerker H, Arendt-Nielsen L (eds.), IASP Press,

  6. Brennan TJ, Kang S: Is second pain worse than the first? Pain 2013 Oct; 155(1):2-3

  7. Kang S, Lee D, Theusch BE, Arpey CJ, Brennan TJ: Wound hypoxia in deep tissue after incision in rats. Wound Repair Regen 2013 Aug; 21(5):730-9

  8. Kang S, Jang JH, Price MP, Gautam M, Benson CJ, Gong H, Welsh MJ, Brennan TJ: Simultaneous disruption of mouse ASIC1a, ASIC2 and ASIC3 genes enhances cutaneous mechanosensitivity. PLoS One 2012 Apr; 7(4):e35225

  9. Spofford CM, Mohan S, Kang S, Jang JH, Brennan TJ: Evaluation of leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) in a rat model of postoperative pain. J Pain 2011 Jul; 12(7):819-32

  10. Wu C, Xu J, Kang S, Spofford CM, Brennan TJ: Animal Models of Pain Ma C, Zhang JM (eds.). Springer, pp. 181-200,

  11. Kang S, Wu C, Banik RK, Brennan TJ: Effect of capsaicin treatment on nociceptors in rat glabrous skin one day after plantar incision. Pain 2009 Dec; 148(1):128-40

  12. Kang S, Brennan TJ: Chemosensitivity and mechanosensitivity of nociceptors from incised rat hindpaw skin. Anesthesiology 2009 Jun; 111(1):155-64