Xue developed optical control neural technologies with the Synthetic Neurobiology group from the very beginning, working as a postdoctoral fellow. Beforehand, Xue did a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, where she investigated the structure and dynamics of the initial structure formed between synaptic vesicles and the plasma membrane during calcium-trigged exocytosis, and she also did a brief postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University where she studied how oculomotor events influence the primate visual system, as a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow. Xue also recived a K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award. After finishing her work in the lab, Xue went on to start her own lab in 2010 at Boston University, as an assistant professor of bioengineering.
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