The Baoji Xu Laboratory at the Scripps Research Institute Florida | Lab Members

Lab Members


Baoji Xu

Baoji Xu, PhD

Principal Investigator
Email: bxu@scripps.edu

Dr. Xu received his Ph.D. in molecular biology at Stanford University, California and postdoctoral training in neuroscience at the University of California San Francisco, California. He subsequently became Professor at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. In 2013, he moved to the Scripps Research Institute Florida.

Juanji An

Juanji An, PhD

Senior Staff Scientist
Email: jan@scripps.edu

Juanji obtained her Ph.D. degree from Yonsei University, Korea, where she investigated the roles of dopamine receptor D2 and melanocortin receptors in the striatum and adipocytes. She is currently studying the neural basis for BDNF-regulated energy balance.

Jessica

Jessica Houtz, PhD

Research Associate
Email: jhoutz@scripps.edu

Jessica obtained her PhD degree in 2016 at Johns Hopkins University, where she discovered that nerve growth factor is a novel regulator of insulin secretion from beta cells. She is currently studying the central control of energy balance.

Clint Kinney

Clint Kinney, BS

Graduate Student
Email: ckinney@scripps.edu

Clint obtained his B.S. degree from McNeese State University, Louisiana in 2008. He is currently studying how BDNF and leptin regulate appetite.

Guey-Ying Liao

Guey-Ying Liao, PhD

Senior Staff Scientist
Email: gliao@scripps.edu

Guey-Ying obtained her Ph.D. degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently studying the mechanism underlying diet-induced obesity.

Jiwei Tan

Jiwei Tan, PhD

Research Associate
Email: jtan@scripps.edu

Jiwei obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2014 from Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he used electrophysiology and brain imaging to study the neural basis of addiction and learning. He is currently studying the neural basis for hedonic eating.

Shaw-wen Wu

Shaw-wen (Christine) Wu, PhD

Research Associate
Email: swu@scripps.edu

Christine her PhD degree in 2016 at Washington State University, where she studied the effects of various TRP channels on glutamatergic synapses formed between vagal afferent neurons and neurons of the nucleus tractus solitaries using whole-cell patch recording. She also obtained a PharmD degree from UCSF. She is currently studying the central control of energy expenditure.

Tingtin Xia

Tingting Xia, PhD

Research Associate
Email: txia@scripps.edu

Tingting obtained her Ph.D. degree in 2014 from Shanghai Institute of Nutritional Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where she studied the role of the mTOR signaling pathway in the regulation of energy balance and glucose homeostasis. She is currently studying the subcellular distribution of BDNF protein and dendritic transport of Bdnf mRNA.

Xiangyang Xie

Xiangyang Xie, PhD

Research Associate
Email: xxie@scripps.edu

Xiangyang obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2009 from Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He did his first postdoctoral research at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, where he studied peripheral regulation of glucose homeostasis. He is currently studying how mutations in the Bdnf gene alter appetite on palatable food and energy expenditure.

Haifei Xu

Haifei Xu, PhD

Research Associate
Email: hxu@scripps.edu

Haifei obtained her PhD degree in 2010 from Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, where she applied nanotechnology to study biological questions. She is currently studying the role of 3’ UTRs in the localization and stability of proteins.

Zhixiang Xu

Zhixiang Xu, PhD

Research Associate
Email: zxu@scripps.edu

Zhixiang obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2013 from Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he examined the role of GSK3b in olfaction. He is currently studying synaptic plasticity and translational regulation.

Arielle Schebovitz

Arielle Schebovitz

Undergraduate Student
Email: aschebov@scripps.edu

Arielle is an undergraduate student at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. She works with Dr. Guey-ying Liao to study diet-induced obesity.

Melissa Benilous

Melissa Benilous

Administrative Assistant
Email: mbenilou@scripps.edu

Melissa joined Scripps Florida in 2014. She supports Drs. Baoji Xu, Srinivasa Subramaniam, and Seth Tomchik in the Department of Neuroscience.