Xu Chen, Ph.D.

​Principle Investigator

Bio

Born into an academic family in southeast China, Xu developed a tremendous passion for science and art. She found biology, especially the nervous system, integrates the beauty of both. After graduate school, she decided to pursue a research career in neurodegenerative diseases, in particular, Alzheimer's disease and related dementia (ADRD). She aims to use interdisciplinary approaches to understand the disease from unique perspectives, and to uncover new therapeutic avenues.

Education

Peking University, School of Life Sciences                                                                Jun 2006

B.S., Biology 

University of Wisconsin–Madison, Department of Genetics                                May 2012

Ph.D., Genetics

Employment

04/2012-07/2016                     Postdoctoral Fellow, Gladstone Institutes of Neurological Disease, San Francisco, CA

08/2016-12/2018                     Staff Scientist, Gladstone Institutes of Neurological Disease, San Francisco, CA

07/2017-10/2019                     Visiting Scholar, Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego, CA

01/2020-                                    Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego, CA

 

 

​Honors and Awards

2002                Gold medalist, 13th International Biology Olympia

2005                The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience Fellowship

2010                DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, Genetic Society of America

2016                 Awards for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Research, Alzheimer’s Association

2017                 Postdoctoral Award for Scientific Excellence, Gladstone Institutes

​2016-2018      Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), National Institute on Aging