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Suowen Xu, Ph.D.

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Dr. Xu received his PhD degree in pharmacology from Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China) in 2011. After graduation, he did his postdoctoral research at National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute/National Institutes of Health (NHLBI/NIH, Bethesda, MD) as a visiting fellow, studying the biochemistry and function of mono-ADP-ribosyltransferases (ARTs) and poly (ADPribose) polymerases (PARPs). In Feb 2014, he joined the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) as a postdoctoral research associate, studying epigenetic regulation of endothelial function by atheroprotective shear stress and associated vascular biology. He is a member of American Heart Association (AHA, since 2012) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, since 2014). He acts as external reviewer for Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF) of Hong Kong and General Research Fund of Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong.


Dr. Xu is interested in finding new therapies to prevent/treat atherosclerosis, focusing specifically on: (1) identification of novel molecular mechanosensitive genes in atherosclerosis; (2) anti-aging strategies in physiological aging and progeria; (3) epigenetic processes that modulate endothelial function and atherosclerosis; (4) bioactive natural products-based drug discovery to treat atherosclerosis and related cardiometabolic diseases.



BS | China - Anhui University of Chinese Medicine
Pharmaceutical Sciences

PhD | China-Sun Yat-sen University

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

02/01/2014 - 09/30/2016
Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY. Supervisor: Dr. Zheng Gen Jin

08/31/2011 - 01/31/2014
Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Branch, NHLBI, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Supervisor: Dr. Joel Moss


American Heart Association Travel Award for Young Investigators
Sponsor: American Heart Association
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

New Investigator Award
Sponsor: Ministry of Education of China
Location: China