Xu, Xueyan

Enrollments in 2016

Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences
Frontier Bioscience Major

Xu, Xueyan

[ Huazhong University of Science and Technology ]

Looking forward to creating something new with different fields’ researchers

Q What was your motivation for joining the program, and what about the program appeals to you?

I think the biggest merit of this program is that you can learn knowledge from not only your major but also from other science fields and share research with each other. By discussing with other field’s researchers and doing interdisciplinary research we can definitely improve our creativity and logical thinking. In addition, the internship system is very attractive to me. We can experience company life in and out of Japan in a very famous company or institute. It will be a very precious experience in our life and motivate us to chase our dreams.

Q What is your expertise and who do you want to develop it with the program?

My research is focused on mitochondrial dynamics, especially selective degradation of mitochondria which is termed mitophagy. Maintaining the quality and quantity of mitochondria is very important to maintain cellular homeostasis. Defects in mitophagy cause some disease like Parkinson’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders. I’d like to acquire bio-imaging technology and bio-informatics to study about the proteins related in mitophagy and find out the mechanism of mitophagy in a molecular level.

Q What are your future dreams and goals?

I want to be a researcher leads the field and contribute to improve the level of science research of the society and also who really enjoys research.