Tian Xu, PhD

Professor Adjunct; Vice Chairman of Genetics; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Departments & Organizations

Genetics: Tian Xu Lab

Cancer Genetics

Diabetes Research Center

Stem Cell Center, Yale

Yale Cancer Center: Genomics, Genetics, and Epigenetics

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development | Neuroscience

Global Health Studies

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 - Present)

  • Annual Review of Genetics (2011 - Present) Editorial Board

  • Integrative Biology (2010 - Present) Editorial Board

  • Cell (2009 - 2016) Editorial Board

  • Disease Models and Mechanisms (2008 - Present) Founding Editor

  • Cell Research (2006 - 2010) Editorial Board

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

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

  • Journal of Genetics and Genomics (2003 - Present) Editorial Board

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

  • Chinese Biological Investigators Society (2002 - 2005) President

  • Molecular Cancer Research (2002 - Present) Editorial Board

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

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

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


  • 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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