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Jinxiang Dai

CSD Graduate Student

CSD Graduate Student - Jinxiang Dai

E-Mail: Jinxiang Dai

Lab Phone: 303-724-3457

First Year Lab Rotations:

Rotation 1: Linda Barlow's Lab (2009): My research in Linda’s lab was the role of sonic hedgehog in taste buds development. I worked with Shoba, one of the postdoc in Linda’s lab, and using the Shh-cre to tracing the lineage of taste buds.

Rotation 2: Wendy Macklin's Lab (2010): My project in Wendy’s lab was to characterize the Olfactory ensheathing cells in the PLp-EGFP mice. It was interesting to find that the Plp promoter driven EGFP expression also labeled the Olfactory ensheathing cells.

Rotation 3: David Clouthier's Lab: (2010) My program in David’s lab was to confirm the dosage dependent role of Hand1 and Hand2 in craniofacial development. I analyzed different Hand1 and Hand2 combination conditional knockout mice, and found the molar development is depend on the dosage of both Hand1 and Hand2 expression.

Thesis Advisor:   Wendy Macklin

Current Research:

I am now a third year student in Wendy Macklin’s lab. My recent program is to find the signaling pathway involved in Oligodendrocyte progenitor (OPC) differentiation and myelination, and try to link the signaling pathway to the transcriptional and epigenetic regulation.

Undergraduate Education:

Bachelor of Science, Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 2004.

Master of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 2004.

Experience Between Bachelor's Degree and Graduate School at UCD:

I spent two and half years getting my master's degree from Neuroscience Institution of Shanghai JiaoTong University in China. My project there was to find the role of NogoA in neuron development using the PC12 cell line as a model.

Why did you decide to pursue a PhD in Cell Biology, Stem Cells & Development?

There are a lot of cutting-edge studies underway in the CSD program. I am really interested in the development of neural system. Many faculty of the CSD program do a really great job in their specific fields, some of which are what I am interested in.

Why did you choose CU's Anschutz Medical Campus?

Honestly, I applied ten Universities in USA. UC-AMC was one of the best Universities that give me an offer, and I found research here that fit my interest well.

What has been a positive surprise that you have found here?

People do a lot of research on transgenic mice and knockout mice here, which is rare in China. And I like the snow and mountains here, because I grew up in the Eastern coast of China and it rarely snows in winter.

Where were you born?

Hangzhou of Zhejiang province, 150 miles from Shanghai.

When did you start the graduate program at CU's Anschutz Medical Campus?

Fall, 2009.

What do you for fun?

In the summer and fall, I’d like to do some hiking and camping. In the winter and spring, I just watch movies and TV serials for most of the free time.

What do you like about living in Colorado?

Snow in the winter and hiking and camping in the mountains.

What do you like about the Anschutz Medical Campus?

The night view of the research building.

As an international student, how has the transition been for you, moving to Colorado and studying in the United States?

I had lived in Shanghai for 6 years, the weather in Colorado is comparable dry and the life is quiet. I think I adapted to the environment in USA quickly, the people around are very nice and I like the outdoor activities (hiking and camping, which is almost impossible in Shanghai and my hometown).