Xinzhu Yu, Ph.D.

I was born in Beijing, China and came to the States in 2007 for my Ph.D study with Dr. Yi Zuo at University of California Santa Cruz. I always wanted to understand how the brain works and I started my career with a neurocentric view but by the end of my Ph.D. program, I became fascinated by another non-neuronal cell type, astrocytes. In 2014, I joined Dr. Baljit Khakh's lab at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as a postdoc, where I investigated astrocyte functions under health and disease at great depth. During this period, my interests in astrocytes were further shaped and refined. After completing my postdoctoral training, I established my own lab at UIUC in 2020 to continue exploring astrocytes in neural circuits and behavior. 

Education

2020-

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2014-2020

University of California Los Angeles

2012-2014

University of California Santa Cruz

2007-2012

University of California Santa Cruz

2005-2007

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

2001-2005

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. in Neurobiology

M.S. in Neuroscience

B.S. in Biology

Recent Awards

2019

2018-2019

2016-2017

BRAIN Initiative Principal Investigators Meeting Travel Award, National Institutes of Health

Brain Research Institute Postdoctoral Award, University of California Los Angeles

American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association

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