Xuemei Huang, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist Development, Penn State College of Medicine
Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Neurology
Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Distinguished Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Penn State

Xuemei Huang graduated from Beijing Medical University, Beijing PRC in 1987 and earned her Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology and toxicology from Purdue University in 1994. After a Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and medical internship in the University of Washington program, she completed her residency training in neurology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 2000. She then went to Emory University for fellowship training in movement disorders in 2001, after which she joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 2002. At UNC, she started the first movement disorders clinic, and developed a patient-based translational research program. From 2006-2008, she was acting Chief of the Division of Movement Disorders, and Director of the National Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. In 2008, she moved to Penn State Hershey Medical Center as where she is Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist Development (since 2017), Distinguished Professor (since 2019) and Vice Chair (2015) for Research in the Department of Neurology, and also holds appointments in Pharmacology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, and Kinesiology. She is also the Founding Director of Translational Brain Research Center and division chief for Movement Disorders at PSU-HMC (Since 2017). Her research focuses multidisciplinary imaging-related approaches to understanding both etiology and neural mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and the mechanisms by which drugs work. She has been a consultant for the NIEHS since 2007 and is a frequent reviewer for the NIH. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2003, and has published more than 160 original peer reviewed research papers, dozen chapters and research letters, and one patent.


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