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Kai Xu, PhD
Assistant Professor

The Ohio State University
350 Veterinary Medicine Academic Building
1900 Coffey Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210


Xu Lab website

Professional Training and Experience

  • PhD in Neuroscience and Structural Biology Program, Cornell University
  • Postdoc, Structural Biology Program, Sloan Kettering Institute
  • Senior Scientific Project Manager, Vaccine Research Center, National Institutes of Health
  • Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

Research Interests

  • Structure-based vaccine design and therapeutic development against emerging infectious diseases
  • Mechanism of henipavirus entry and protective humoral immune recognition
  • Eph receptor-tyrosine-kinase mediated signaling in cancer and viral infection


Selected Awards and Honors

2021   NIH Director's Award (Outstanding efforts in the pursuit of efficacious vaccines to prevent COVID-19)

2019   NIAID Merit Awards (Advancing HIV Vaccine Research)

2019   NIH Earl Stadtman Investigator (Semi-finalists)
2019   MSC Award for Excellence in HIV-1 Vaccine Research