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Dr. Wei Xu

Assistant Professor


Aquaculture Research Station
2410 Ben Hur Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70820

phone: (225)765-0107
email: wxu@agcenter.lsu.edu

Lab Personnel

Dr. Wei Xu: CV

August 2018 -
Dr. Xu’s lab has relocated to
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

  • B.S. 2001. Aquaculture - Tianjin Agricultural College (China)
  • M.S. 2004. Marine Biology - Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Ph.D. 2009. Pathology - Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow. 2010-2014. Surgery - Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • 2015 – Present. Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Aquaculture Research Station, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
  • RNR 4037 Biology of Fishes (Spring every year)

Dr. Xu's research focuses on the environmental effects on the health of human and marine animals. The current research projects include:

  1. Effects of photodegraded marine pollutants on inflammatory human skin diseases.
  2. Development of zebrafish (Danio rerio) xenograft model with human melanocytes for studies of melanomagenesis of marine pollutants.
  3. Application of fish biomedical models in studies of human diseases, such as human prostate cancer and diabetes.
  4. Environmental effects on larval development of marine invertebrate species.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS(*Corresponding author)
  1. Mackenzie Richards, Wei Xu*, Amy Mallozzi, Reagan M. Errera, and John Supan, Production of Calcium-Binding Proteins in Crassostrea virginica in response to Increased Environmental CO2 Concentration. June 2018. Front Mar Sci.
  2. Wei Xu*, Emily N. Vebrosky, Mackenzie L. Richards, and Kevin L. Armbrust. Evaluation of Dicloran Phototoxicity using Primary Cardiomyocyte Culture from Crassostrea virginica. 2018. Sci Total Environ. 628–629: 1-10.
  3. Wei Xu*, Brittney A. Foster, Mackenzie Richards, Kenneth R Bondioli, Girish Shah, and Christopher C. Green. Characterization of Prostate Cancer Cell Progression in Zebrafish Xenograft Model. 2018. Int J Oncol. 52: 252-260.
  4. Shuxia Xue, Jinsheng Sun, Wei Xu, Identification and Detection of the Pathogenic Bacteria Responsible for Swollen Abdomen Disease in Cultured Turbot, Scophthalmus maximus, and Flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus. 2017. J World Aquacult Soc. doi: 10.1111/jwas.12435.
  5. Shuxia Xue, Wei Xu, Junli Wei, Jinsheng Sun. Impact of environmental bacterial communities on fish health in marine recirculating aquaculture systems. 2017. Vet Microbiol. 203: 34-39.
  6. Yina Shao, Chenghua Li, Wei Xu, Pengjuan Zhang, Weiwei Zhang and Xuelin Zhao. miR-31 Links Lipid Metabolism and Cell Apoptosis in Bacteria-Challenged Apostichopus japonicus via Targeting CTRP9. 2017. Front Immunol. 8: 263. PMCID: 5346533.
  7. Chenghua Li, Mengru Zhao, Chi Zhang, Weiwei Zhang, Xuelin Zhao, Xuemei Duan, and Wei Xu*: miR210 modulates respiratory burst in Apostichopus japonicus coelomocytes via targeting Toll-like receptor, 2016 Dev Comp Immunol. 65:377-81. PMID: 27545641.
  8. Aimei Zhong, Wei Xu*, Jingling Zhao, Ping Xie, Shengxian Jia, Jiaming Sun, Robert D. Galiano, Thomas A. Mustoe, and Seok Jong Hong: S100A8 and S100A9 are induced by decreased hydration in the epidermis and promote fibroblast activation and fibrosis in the dermis, 2016 Am J Pathol. 186 (1):109-122. PMID: 26597884 (Co-first author).
  9. Yina Shao, Chenghua Li, Weiwei Zhang, Wei Xu, Xuemei Duan, Ye Li, Qiongfen Qiu, and Chunhua Jin: Cloning and comparative analysis the proximal promoter activities of arginase and agmatinase genes in Apostichopus japonicus, 2016 Dev Comp Immunol. 65:299-308. PMID: 27497871.
  10. Wei Xu, Seok Jong Hong, Aimei Zhong, Ping Xie, Shengxian Jia, Zhong Xie, Michael Zeitchek, Solmaz Niknam-Bienia, Jingling Zhao, D. Marshall. Porterfield, D. James Surmeier, Kai P. Leung, Robert D. Galiano, Thomas A. Mustoe: Sodium channel Nax is a regulator in epithelial sodium homeostasis, 2015 Sci Transl Med. 7(312): 312ra177. PMID: 26537257.
  11. Wei Xu, Seok Jong Hong, Michael Zeitchek, Garry Cooper, Shengxian Jia, Ping Xie, Hannan A. Qureshia, Aimei Zhong, Marshall D. Porterfield, Robert D. Galiano, D. James Surmeier, Thomas A. Mustoe: Hydration status regulates sodium flux and inflammatory pathways through epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) in the skin, 2015 J. Invest.Dermatol. 135 (3):796-806. PMID: 25371970.
  12. Wei Xu, Shengxian Jia, Ping Xie, Aimei Zhong, Robert D. Galiano, Thomas A. Mustoe, Seok Jong Hong: The Expression of Proinflammatory Genes in Epidermal Keratinocytes Is Regulated by Hydration Status. 2014, J Invest Dermatol. 134 (4): 1044-1055. PMID: 24226202.
  13. Wei Xu, Seok Jong Hong, Shengxian Jia, Yanan Zhao, Robert Galiano, and Thomas Mustoe: Application of a partial thickness human ex vivo skin culture model in cutaneous wound healing study. 2012, Lab Invest, 92:584-599. PMID: 219478584.
  14. Thomas Loch, Rakesh Kumar, Wei Xu, and Mohamed Faisal: Carnobacterium Maltaromaticus infections in Feral Oncorhynchus spp. (Family Salmonidae) in Michigan. 2011, J Microbiol. 49 (5): 703-713. PMID: 22068485
  15. Wei Xu and Mohamed Faisal: Factorial microarray analysis of zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha: Dreissenidae, Bivalvia) adhesion. 2010. BMC Genomics. 11: 341-357. PMID: 20509938.
  16. Wei Xu and Mohamed Faisal: Gene expression profiling during the byssogenesis of zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). 2010. Mol Genet Genomics. 283 (4): 327-339. PMID: 20148265.
  17. Wei Xu and Mohamed Faisal: Defensin of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha): molecular structure, in vitro expression, antimicrobial activity, and potential functions. 2010. Mol Immunol. 47(11-12):2138-2147. PMID: 20537393.
  18. Wei Xu and Mohamed Faisal: Development of a cDNA microarray of zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) foot and its use in understanding underwater adhesion. 2009. Gene 436 (1-2): 71-80. PMID: 19393183.
  19. Wei Xu and Mohamed Faisal: Identification of the molecules involved in zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) hemocytes host defense. 2009. Comp Biochem Physiol B. 154 (1): 143-149. PMID: 19482094.
  20. Wei Xu and Mohamed Faisal: Putative identification of expressed genes associated with attachment of zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). 2008. Biofouling 24: 157-161.
  21. Wei Xu and Mohamed Faisal: Matrilin-like molecules produced by circulating hemocytes of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) upon stimulation. 2007. Dev Comp Immunol 31: 1205-10. PMID: 17555814.
  22. Thomas P. Loch, Wei Xu, Scott M. Fitzgerald, and Mohamed Faisal: Isolation of a Carnobacterium maltaromaticum-like bacterium from systemically infected Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis). 2008. FEMS Microb Lett. 288 (1): 76-84. PMID: 18793198.
revised: 18-Sep-2018 11:07