Jie Xiao, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Affiliations: BCMB | PMCB
Professional Affiliations: Center for Cellular Dynamics
Jie grew up in Chongqing, a city upstream of Yangtze river in China. She then went to Nanjing, a city downstream of Yangtze river to receive her undergraduate education in Biochemistry at Nanjing University. In 1997, Jie came to the United States and enrolled in the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice University. She worked with Prof. Scott F. Singleton on the mechanism of RecA mediated strand exchange reaction. Later in her graduate years she found herself deeply fascinated by single molecule biophysics and joined Prof. Sunney Xie’s group as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in 2002. She spent four good years learning single molecule fluorescence microscopy and physical chemistry, while contributing to the group with her biological background and perspectives. In 2006, she decided to escape the cold winter of Boston and found her home in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. She is continuing the line of research where she takes single molecule assays into living cells to probe many different aspects of cellular dynamics. In addition to working in the lab, Jie loves the beautiful weather of Maryland and spicy food.