Research Interests

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease and usually considered to be due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Indeed, genetic deficiency plays an important role in autoimmunity initiation, amplification and end organ damage in lupus pathogenesis. Dr. Xu’s research interests focus on the molecular and cellular basis of lupus-susceptibility loci, which control lupus disease development, aiming at elucidating the mechanisms of systemic autoimmune diseases.