Dr. Qin Xu studies the molecular mechanisms behind the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, she studies a class of enzymes found in neurons that are responsible for slicing a protein called apoE into fragments—a process that is believed to contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s. She is also currently building biological tools to screen drugs that could block this detrimental process.
Prior to joining Gladstone as a postdoctoral fellow in 2005, Dr. Xu was a lecturer at the School of Medicine at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
A native of China, Dr. Xu earned a bachelor’s degree at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, and a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry at the Chinese Academy of Science’s Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry in Shanghai.