Xiaolei Su, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology

Departments & Organizations

Cell Biology

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Immunology

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BQBS) | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development


Dr. Xiaolei Su obtained his Ph.D. at Harvard University. He worked on the regulation of microtubule dynamics by molecular motors under the mentorship of David Pellman. Then he joined Ron Vale's Lab at UCSF as a postdoc fellow. His work led to the discovery that phase separation of membrane-bound proteins can promote T cell activation. As an assistant professor at Yale, Dr. Su is interested in exploring membrane remodeling and membrane-proximal signal transduction during immune responses. The work may also lead to the development of new therapeutic targets and strategies for immune diseases and cancers.   

Education & Training

PhD Harvard University, Cell and Developmental Biology (2012)
BS Peking University, Biological Sciences (2006)
Postdoc University of California, San Francisco
Student Physiology Course, Marine Biological Laboratory

Honors & Recognition

  • Gilead Sciences Research Scholars in Hematology/Oncology (2019)

  • Charles H. Hood Foundation Child Health Research Awards (2019)

  • Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship (2015)

  • Cancer Research Institute Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014)

  • Richard J. Herrnstein Prize for dissertation, Harvard University (2012)

  • Lola Ellis Robertson Endowed Scholarship, Marine Biological Laboratory (2009)

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Contact Info

Xiaolei Su, PhD
Mailing Address
Yale School of Medicine333 Cedar St, PO BOX 208002

New Haven, CT 06520

Curriculum Vitae

Su Lab