Shili Xu

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, University of California Los Angeles

(310) 825-7137

Laboratory Address:
2120, 2112, 2128, 2200 CNSI, Crump Institute
570 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Lab Number:
(310) 794-2224

Office Address:
2151 CNSI, Crump Institute
570 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

My research team focuses on the development of in vivo state-of-the-art molecular imaging technologies including positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and optical (fluorescence and bioluminescence) imaging. We integrate and apply these technologies for non-invasive assessment of cancer, immune response, neurological disorders, cardiology, and associated biology, as well as preclinical probe and drug development in small animal models. We have developed a broad spectrum of PET probes and reporter genes to preclinically image cell metabolism, monitor cell trafficking and activation, disease progression, and profile drug pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics and tracer kinetics.

Affiliations

Member, Physics & Biology in Medicine GPB Home Area
Faculty, Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging
 

Biography

Dr. Shili Xu received a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.S. in Economics from Peking University. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California where he studied small-molecule drug design and discovery. He then studied cell metabolism, molecular imaging, and synthetic lethality for cancer therapy in a variety of small animal models as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He is currently Director of Preclinical Imaging in the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging, and Assistant Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA.

Publications

A selected list of publications:

Awards and Honors

  • Best Postdoctoral Research Presentation Award, UCLA, 2017.
  • Jia-Li Scholarship, Peking University, 2005.
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Southern California, 2009.
  • The Horizon Award, US Department of Defense, 2016.
  • The Hirshberg Foundation Seed Grant Award, The Hirshberg Foundation, 2018.
  • The 1st Prize in Research Poster Presentation, University of Southern California, 2012.
  • Outstanding Research Assistant Award, University of Southern California, 2013.
  • President’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Peking University, 2006.
  • Guang-Hua Scholarship, Peking University, 2004.
  • The Alavi-Mandell Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 2020.
  • Best Research Poster Presentation Award, UCLA, 2015.
  • The 1st Prize in Annual Graduate STEM Research Competition, University of Southern California, 2013.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award, University of Southern California, 2013.
  • GPSAW Award for Best Graduate Research, University of Southern California, 2013.

Publications