2003 University of California-San Francisco. PhD, biochemistry and biophysics. Advisor: Jonathan S. Weissman

1998 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. AB and AM, chemistry. Advisor: James C. Wang

1994 State College Area High School, State College, PA



2004-2006 UT Southwestern, Postdoctoral Fellow. Advisor: Steven L. McKnight



2013-present Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UT Southwestern



Graduate School
Harvard University , Chemistry
Graduate School
University of California-San Francisco (2003)

Research Interest

  • Bioinformatic analysis of temporal gene expression and metabolite profiling data
  • Cell growth control
  • Mechanisms by which cellular processes are coupled to metabolic state
  • Metabolic cycles
  • Oxidative stress, nutritional stress


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Selective regulation of autophagy by the Iml1-Npr2-Npr3 complex in the absence of nitrogen starvation.
Wu X, Tu BP Mol. Biol. Cell 2011 Nov 22 21 4124-33

Honors & Awards

  • Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research
  • Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award
  • Packard Fellowship
  • W. W. Caruth, Jr. Scholar in Biomedical Research
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund
    Career Award in Biomedical Sciences (2006)
  • AAAS & GE Healthcare
    Young Scientist Award Regional Winner - North America (2004)