Shawn Xu receives the U-M Medical School Basic Science Research Award
Shawn Xu, Life Sciences Institute (LSI) Associate Professor and Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, has been selected to receive the 2011 Basic Science Research Award by the Dean of the U-M Medical School. The award recognizes a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the Medical School in basic biomedical science research.
LSI Director Alan Saltiel says of Dr. Xu, “Shawn is an incredibly astute and creative scientist. He seeks to answer fundamental questions that have the potential to illuminate how the nervous system works—and he has already contributed importantly to the field of neuroscience. The enthusiastic curiosity he brings to the lab is unlike anyone I’ve seen before—this is a well-deserved recognition, and just the beginning of a terrific career.”
Xu combines molecular genetics, cell biology, behavioral analysis, functional imaging, and electrophysiology to try to answer questions about how sensory inputs are perceived by the nervous system, how neural circuits process information to generate behavior, and how genes regulate these processes.
LSI scientists whose work has been recognized by this honor since it opened in 2003 include:
Noah Rosenberg, 2010
John Tesmer, 2008
Sean Morrison, 2004
Zhaohui Xu, 2003