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Project 1. Novel antibiotic drug discovery employing bacterial functional genomics, chemical genomics, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbial genetics and physiology approaches.


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Project 2. Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and virulence and discovery of therapeutic agents targeting resistance or virulence processes.



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Our research projects have been funded by grants from Cal State L.A., CSUPERB, National Institutes of Health, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and Department of Education.

The Xu Lab is recruiting M.S. graduate students and undergraduate students to join the lab. Interested M.S. applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Xu. 


For more information, please contact

Dr. Howard Xu

Professor of Microbiology

Director, Post-bac Certificate Program in Biotechnology

Director, Incubator Development and Programming

Phone: (323) 343-2188

Email: hxu3 AT

Office: Annenberg Science Complex La Kretz Hall (ASCL) 356

Lab: Annenberg Science Complex La Kretz Hall room 337 (ASCL-337)

Mailing address: Dept. of Biological Sciences, BS-143

California State University, Los Angeles 

5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032