Shawn Xu, PhD

Professor of Life Sciences Institute; Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Research Interests

Sensory biology: we ask the following questions to better understand how animals sense their external and internal world:
• How do animals detect and distinguish various sensory cues - such as temperature, touch, sound, chemicals and light – through different sensory receptors. What are the molecular identities of these sensory receptors?
• How do neural circuits and synapses process sensory information to produce behavioral outputs, and how do genes and drugs regulate these processes?
• How do sensory cues regulate aging and longevity?