(Philadelphia, PA) - Xiaowei Xu, MD, PhD, has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Xu joins the Penn faculty from his position in the Department of Pathology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Dr. Xu received his MD at Shanghai Medical University in Shanghai, China in 1992 and his PhD in the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in 1996.

After studying at Wake Forrest, Dr. Xu became a Resident in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia before moving on to a clinical fellowship in Dermatopathology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Xu's clinical interests include skin disease in general - particularly pigmented lesions such as melanomas - and prognostic models for melanoma. His research interests include the biology of skin stem cells and hunting for the molecular markers that indicate melanoma progression. This year, Dr. Xu was given the Stowell-Orbison Award from United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.

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