Jun Xu, Ph.D.

Jun Xu, Ph.D.

Jun Xu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building (VBR) room 475
Email: junxu@vetmed.wsu.edu
Phone: (509) 335-5960

Current Positions

2012- Present Assistant Professor, IPN, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2009-Present Investigator, Autism Consortium, Boston


1991 B.E. Materials and Science Engineering; Tsinghua University, Beijing
1993 M.S. Bioinformatics, Institute of Biophysics; Chinese Academy of Science, China
1999 Ph.D. Molecular and Cellular Biology; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Honors and Awards

2007 Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, Young Investigator Award, Washington DC

Prior Academic Appointments

2002-2005 Assistant Research Physiologist, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
2005-2007 Acting Instructor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2007-2012 Assistant Professor, Biomedical Science, Tufts University, Medford, MA
2007-2012 Adjunct Professor, Biology, Tufts University, Medford, MA


We study cognition and emotion in mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. mental retardation, autism, and mood disorder). Specifically, we carry out analyses that focus on epigenetic chromatin remodeling which integrates the behavioral impacts of genetics, physiology, and early life experience. 

Current Funding

NIMH X-linked Genes, Histone Modifications and Behaviors, PI
NIMH Novel Epigenetic mechanisms in neuronal development and cognitive function, Co-PI