Xiaolai Julia Xu, PhD
|Institution||Boston University School of Medicine|
|Division||Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nutrition|
|Address||650 Albany St|
Boston MA 02118
|Institution||Boston Medical Center|
Dr. Xu received her Ph.D. in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from Brown University, Providence. She completed postdoctoral work at Boston University Medical Center and is currently an Instructor in Medicine at Boston University Medical Center.
Obesity and its associated complications are a threat to our public health, and the rising incidence of diabetes is linked to the obesity epidemic. Dr. Xu’s research efforts are centered on understanding the relationship between obesity-induced metabolic disorders and adipose tissue biology. Dr. Xu is particularly interested in identifying factors that can distinguish insulin sensitive from insulin resistance in obese individuals, since the former population despite being obese, is less likely to develop cardiovascular disease (CVD) and presumably other obesity-associated comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and certain cancers. In addition, Dr. Xu is exploring signal transduction mechanism(s) that can explain how inflammation develops in rodent adipose tissue in the setting of obesity.
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