Lead Investigator Bio

Xu Laboratory
H. Eric Xu, Ph.D.
Professor, Structural Biology, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology
Distinguished Director, VARI-SIMM Research Center

Areas of expertise: Structural biology, drug development, crystallography, G-coupled protein receptors, hormone signaling


Dr. Xu went to Duke University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry. Following a postdoctoral fellowship with Carl Pabo at MIT, he moved to GlaxoWellcome in 1996 as a research investigator of nuclear receptor drug discovery. Dr. Xu joined VARI as a Senior Scientific Investigator in July 2002 and was promoted to Distinguished Scientific Investigator in March 2007. Dr. Xu is also the Primary Investigator and Distinguished Director of the VARI/SIMM Research Center in Shanghai, China. In 2016, he was named the winner of The Protein Society’s prestigious Hans Neurath Award for his significant contributions to protein research.