Welcome, Qiu-Xing Jiang – New Electron Microscopy Faculty Director
Qiu-Xing Jiang, PhD, came to the United States to earn his PhD at Yale University and later pursued a postdoctoral position at Rockefeller University. Upon completion, he became an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He arrived at the home of the Gators just a few weeks ago as an associate professor of Microbiology and Cell Science and as the Electron Microscopy core’s new faculty director.
He was attracted to ICBR because of its well-managed core facilities and the team work between the cores, something he said he didn’t see in other organizations. He also thought the strong cryo-Electron Microscopy capacities at ICBR would be of value to his personal research.
Jiang uses single particle cryoEM for to investigate the structural basis for the physiological functions of membrane proteins and intracellular signaling complexes. His current interest lies in lipid-dependent gating of voltage-gated ion channels and its relation to human diseases caused by lipid metabolic defects, the ion necessary for insulin maturation and its rations to human diseases, and the intracellular RNA-binding complexes and their relation to cancer and aging.
As faculty director of EM, he hopes to provide support to other faculty at UF and work on expanding the core’s higher resolution capacities.