Xiang-Dong Fu is a distinguished professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 1988, completed postdoctoral training at Harvard from 1988 to 1992 and joined the faculty at UCSD in 1992. Fu has focused his studies on RNA biology, discovering a family of proteins involved in RNA splicing, elucidating key regulatory pathways in RNA metabolism and revealing the mechanisms by which mutant RNA processing genes contribute to cancers. His group recently discovered an RNA-binding protein that serves as a master regulator of neuronal generation, exploiting this finding to produce new neurons in the brain and demonstrating its potential as a novel therapeutic strategy in treating Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Fu’s contributions to biomedical research have been honored by selection as a Searle Scholar (1994), Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar (1997) and AAAS Fellow (2010).