Dr. Xin Yu

Research Group Leader
Alumni of the Research Group Translational Neuroimaging

Main Focus

One research direction is to study the underlying mechanism of neurovascular coupling by identifying the signaling molecules propagating from neuron to glia, and to vessel. The other is to identify the “core switch” underlying the brain arousal and coma states by combining genetic tools with optical imaging and high field fMRI.  The goal is to identify candidate molecules from critical brain nuclei, which can contribute to switch brain states.  We are expected to translate the knowledge acquired from animal models to novel therapeutic treatment of coma patients.

Curriculum Vitae


2007 Ph.D. of Biophysics, Neuroscience, and Physiology, School of Medicine, New York University, USA

2002 Master of Science, Department of Biology, Seton Hall University, USA

2000 Bachelor of Science, Wuhan University, China


2014-present  Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany

2008-2013      Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Bethesda, USA

2007-2008      Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH, NINDS, Bethesda, USA

2002-2007      Research Assistant, Skirball Institute, New York University, New York, USA

2000-2002     Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant, Seton Hall University, South Orange, USA

1998-2000     Research Assistant, Chitin Research Center, Wuhan University, China


2010-2012 NINDS Competitive Fellowship (equivalent to extramural NRSA): Using MRI to analyze lesion-induced neuroplasticity in rats


2013    Symposium on High-Field NMR Animal Imaging, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany

2012    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baltimore, MD, USA

2012    Symposium on Brainnetome Meets Genome, University of Queensland, Queensland Brain Institute/Center for Advanced Imaging, Brisbane, Australia,

2011    Peking University, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, Beijing, China

2011    New York University, School of Medicine, Center for Biomedical Imaging, New York, USA

2011    Biomedical Imaging Research Seminar, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, USA

2010    Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China 2010

2009    Educational Courses of International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM): MRI/MRS of mice.  Honolulu, USA

2008    Gordon Research Conference (Auditory system). New London, USA


2013  Summa Cum Laude Merit Award (ISMRM), Salt Lake City, USA

2012  Summa Cum Laude Merit Award (ISMRM), Melbourne, Australia

2012  Invited Moderator of the Sunshine Educational Course of ISMRM, Melbourne, Australia

2011  Junior Fellow of the ISMRM

2007  Second Place Poster Award of ISMRM, Berlin, Germany

2007  Banner Bearer of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of NYU, USA

2007  President’s Service Award (NYU), USA

2005  Philipson Speaker Award (Skirball Institute Annual Retreat), USA

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