Senior Research Scientist
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA in science, Lanzhou University in China. PhD in Biochemistry, Moscow State University in Russia.
Dr. Qing Xu taught an experimental courses on genetics for 130 undergraduate students at Lanzhou University in the late 80s, lead a biotechnology course at Beijing University in the late 90s. In China, he had worked on plant development, somatic embryos culture, and antifungal protein isolation, characterization, and engineering against plant pathogens. Qing moved to the US in 2001 pursuing his molecular genetics study on mouse interneuron development till now. He has wide knowledge on molecular biology that was demonstrated in many aspects of his researches: He generated Nkx2.1-Cre driver lines for molecular labeling and manipulation of interneuron progenitors, also another BAC transgenic line that label the mitochondria in catecholaminergic neurons with Dendra2 for Parkinson's disease models; He created complicated primary culture systems of brain interneurons as well as stem cell lines that turned on different fluorescent proteins at different interneuron differentiation stages; He made clear in 2010 on how Sonic Hedgehog signaling confers the genesis of the three major groups of cortical interneurons. He carried out most of these works at Weill Cornell Medical School and at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. At NYU Abu Dhabi, Qing mainly works on adeno-associated virus construction and purification as gene vectors in interneuron postnatal development with his root lab teams at Harvard Medical School, and also in neuronal networking in the stress-induced depression model with campus collaborators.