DR Junhua Xiao

DR Junhua Xiao


  • Demyelinating diseases (Peripheral and Central Nervous System)
  • Myelin biology (Oligodendrocyte and Schwann cells)
  • Neurotrophin signalling (Neurotrophins)



  • Dr Junhua Xiao (Bachelor of Medicine and PhD in neurobiology) is a Senior Lecturer and Laboratory Head in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, the University of Melbourne. Dr Xiao leads a team of 10 researchers and post-graduate students. Her laboratory primarily focuses on investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms underpinning nervous system myelination and repair, and the development of new myelin repair strategies for demyelinating diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis. Dr Xiao has been the recipient of prestigious NH&MRC and ARC fellowships, and currently leads a few Australian and US competitive grants as the principal investigator. She regularly publishes in highly influential peer-reviewed journals, serves as an expert panel member and/or reviewer for national and international funding agencies as well as international journals.   


Member of

  • Society of Neuroscience ( The United States of America). Perfessional membership 2008 -
  • Australian Neuroscience Society. Member 2006 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD., University of Melbourne 2005
  • B.Med., Nanjing Medical University 2000

Awards and honors

  • ARC DECRA Award, 2012
  • Asia Pacific Society of Neurochemistry Young Investigator Award, 2010
  • Society for Neuroscience (USA) Postdoctoral Chapter Travel Award, 2008
  • NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006
  • National Award for Outstanding Chinese Overseas Student, Ministry of Education (China), 2005



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Honours, Master and PhD Students positions available in the lab.