Tian Xu, PhD

CNH Long Professor of Genetics and Professor of Neuroscience; Vice Chairman of Genetics; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Departments & Organizations

Genetics: Tian Xu Lab

Animal Organogenesis

Cancer Center: Genomics, Genetics, and Epigenetics

Cancer Genetics

Diabetes Research Center

Faculty Research

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Stem Cell Center, Yale: Stem Cell Genetics

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Development; Genetics and Genomics; Molecular Mechanisms; Neurobiology | Neuroscience: Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience

Global Health Studies: Information & Biotechnology

Office of Cooperative Research

Education & Training

PhD Yale University (1990)
BS Fudan University, Biology (1982)
Helen H. Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

Honors & Recognition

  • CC Tan Life Science Innovation Award (2012)

  • AAAS Fellow (2011)

  • National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award Advisor (2009)

  • Magnolia Silver AwardShanghai (2008)

  • Shanghai Science and Technology Award (2007)

  • National Youth Invention Award, Advisor (2006)

  • Fudan Presidential Award (2005)

  • Overseas Young Scholar Award (2002)

  • Rothberg Courage AwardTuberous Sclerosis Alliance (2001)

  • Pew Scholar Award (1995)

Professional Service

  • Overseas Advisory Committee, China State Council (2011)

  • Editorial Board Annual Review of Genetics (2011)

  • Editorial Board Integrative Biology (2010)

  • Editorial Board Cell (2009 - 2016)

  • Founding Editor Disease Models and Mechanisms (2008)

  • Editorial Board Cell Research (2006 - 2010)

  • Director Yale Center for Experimental and Therapeutic Genetics (2004 - 2010)

  • Editorial Board The International Journal of Biological Sciences (2003)

  • Editorial Board Journal of Genetics and Genomics (2003)

  • Special Advisor to President of Yale University on Science and Education in China (2002 - 2011)

  • President Chinese Biological Investigators Society (2002 - 2005)

  • Editorial Board Molecular Cancer Research (2002)

  • Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board The Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases (2002)

  • Treasurer Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (2000 - 2004)

  • Chair, Committee American-Chinese Frontiers of Science (1997 - 2000)

International Activity

  • Yale-Fudan University Collaboration Shanghai, China (2011)

    Taught inaugural lecture of Fudan-Yale Center for Education Cooperation based in Fudan. In November 2003, Yale President Levin signed the agreement to establish the Fudan-Yale Center for Education Cooperation, which plans to expand by opening up the facilities to all faculty across Yale who may...

  • Biomedical Research Center, Fudan-Yale China (2008)

    Yale and Fudan University in Shanghai, under the direction of Yale Genetics Professor Tian Xu, are carrying out large genetic screens in mice to elucidate the basic mechanisms of disease development. The goals of the Center are to perform cutting-edge research and training, to serve as a model for...

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