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Nan Xia

 

Born: Nanjing, CHINA

 

B.S. Chinese Medicine (2011)

Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, CHINA

 

Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology (2017)

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA

My undergraduate research experience opened the research gate of exploring molecular mechanisms underlying natural herbs and promoted me to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. My Ph.D. work focused on studying protein functions at synapses, the specialized junctions between neurons. More than a thousand proteins can be found at synapses. Understanding how those proteins interact and how those interactions contribute to the function of synapses is a big challenge. Specifically, I investigated how NMDA receptors are properly localized and regulated through direct interaction with a family of receptor tyrosine kinases named EphBs. In the Thinakaran lab, I am investigating BACE1 trafficking in neurons using advanced microscopy approaches.