Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Health
Vice Director of CHMFL

Dr. An Xu, Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Health, Vice Director of High Magnetic Field Laboratory (CHMFL), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Dr. Xu got her master degree for public health (MPH) from Columbia University in 2001 and PhD degree from the Institute of Plasma Physics, CAS in 2004. She returned to Columbia University for her two-year Post-Doctoral project in 2005. Her currently research interests have focused on environmentaltoxicology and health, in particular the genotoxicity of particular matters from micron- to nano-meter, DNA damage induced by persistent toxic substances, and the biological effects of static magnetic fields. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Selected publications

  1. Liu Y#, Wang X#, Si B, Wang T, Wu Y, Liu Y, Zhou Y, Tong H, Zheng X*, Xu A*. Zinc oxide/graphene oxide nanocomposites efficiently inhibited cadmium-induced hepatotoxicity via releasing Zn ions and up-regulating MRP1 expression. Environ Int. 2022 Jun 1; 165:107327. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2022.107327. Online ahead of print.
  2. Wang X, Nie Ya, Si B, Wang T, Hei TK, Du H, Zhao G, Chen S, Xu An*, Liu Yun*. Silver nanoparticles protect against arsenic induced genotoxicity via attenuating arsenic bioaccumulation and elevating antioxidation in mammalian cells. J of Hazard Mat. 2021, 413: 125287. 
  3. Wang J, Nie Y, Dai H, Wang M, Cheng L, Yang Z, Chen S, Zhao G, Wu L, Guang S, Xu A*. Parental exposure to TiO2 NPs promotes the multigenerational reproductive toxicity of Cd in Caenorhabditis elegans via bioaccumulation of Cd in germ cells. Environ. Sci.: Nano. 2019; 6:1332. 
  4. Liu Y, Wang X, Wang J, Nie Y, Du H, Dai H, Wang J, Wang M, Chen S, Hei TK, Deng Z, Wu L, Xu A*. Graphene oxide attenuates the cytotoxicity and mutagenicity of PCB 52 via activation of genuine autophagy. Environ Sci Technol. 2016; 50(6): 3154. 
  5. Du H, Wang M, Dai H, Hong W, Wang M, Wang J, Weng N, Nie Y, Xu A*. Endosulfan isomers and sulfate metabolite induced reproductive toxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans involves genotoxic response genes. Environ Sci Technol. 2015; 49(4): 2460-8.
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