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Faculty

Shixia Xu Associate Professor

Research Interests: 
Genetic basis of adaptive evolution in marine mammals (special for cetaceans)
Bio: 

Educational Background

PhD, Zoology, Nanjing Normal University (2007)

MA, Zoology, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2004)

BA, Biology Education, Ludong University (2001)

Research Projects

  • National Key Programme of Research and Development, Ministry of Science and Technology (Grant no. 2016YFC0503200) sub-project (2016.07-2020.12)
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 31570379) ‘Molecular mechanism of adaptation to hypoxia in cetaceans’ (2016.01-2019.12)
  • Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province of China (grant no. BK20141449) ‘Genetic basis of cetacean brain size enlargement: based on adaptive evolution analysis of four MCPH genes’ (2014.07-2017.06)
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 31000953) ‘Molecular mechanism of cetacean osmoregulation: based on the evolutionary analysis of Na+, K+, ATPase and AQPs’ (2011.01-2013.12)

Journal Articles

  • Tian R, Wang Z, Niu X, Zhou K, Xu S*, Yang G*. Evolutionary genetics of hypoxia tolerance in cetaceans during diving. Genome Biology and Evolution, 2016, 24(8): 827-839
  • Xu S, Yang Y, Zhou X, Xu J, Zhou K, Yang G*. Adaptive evolution of the osmoregulation-related genes in cetaceans during secondary aquatic adaptation. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2013, 13:189
  • Zhou X#, Sun F#, Xu S#, Fan G, Zhu K, et al. Baiji genomes reveal low genetic variability and new insights into secondary aquatic adaptations. Nature Communications, 2013, 4: 2708
  • Xu S, Chen Y, Cheng Y, Yang D, Zhou X, Xu J, Zhou K, Yang G*. Positive selection at ASPM gene coincides with brain size enlargements in cetaceans. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2012, 279: 4433-4440
  • Xu S, Ju J, Zhou X, Wang L, Zhou K, Yang G* Considerable MHC diversity suggests that the functional extinction of Baiji is not related to population genetic collapse. PLoS ONE, 2012, 7(1): e30423
  • Shen T#, Xu S#, Wang X, Yu W, Zhou K, Yang G*Adaptive evolution and functional constraint at TLR4 during the secondary aquatic adaptation and diversification of cetaceans. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2012, 12: 39
  • Xu S, Ren W, Zhou X, Zhou K, Yang G* Sequence polymorphism and geographical variation at a positively selected MHC-DRB gene in the finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides): implication for recent differentiation of the Yangtze finless porpoise? Journal of Molecular Evolution, 2010, 71: 6-22
  • Xu S, Chen B, Zhou K, Yang G*. High similarity at three MHC loci between baiji and finless porpoise: trans-species or convergent evolution? Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2008, 47: 36-44. 

Books

Xu S, Ren W, Zhou K, Yang G* High level of MHC polymorphism in the baiji and finless porpoise, with special reference to possible convergent adaptation to the freshwater Yangtze River. In: Biology, Evolution, and Conservation of River Dolphins With in South America and Asia: Unknown Dolphins In Danger (Shostell J, Ruiz M, eds), NOVA Science Publishers, Inc., USA. pp. 2010, 395-417.

Honors and Awards

The 6th Science & Technology Award for Young Talents (China Zoological Society)

Distinguished PhD dissertation of Jiangsu Province (2008)

Academic Title

Under-Secretary-General for Jiangsu Zoological Society

Contact

Phone:+86-025-85891163

E-mail:xushixia78@163.com & 08267@njnu.edu.cn