UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Xu, Xiaoping

Dental School
(210) 567-3562

Dr. Xu is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics in the Dental School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. He received his medical degree from the Fourth Military Medical University in Xian, China, in 1984. Subsequently, he earned an M.S. degree from the Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology in Beijing, China, in 1988. He served from 1990-1995 as an Research Assistant Professor at the same institution, where he was participating in research to develop a bacterial vaccine for dysentery. In 1995, he started graduate studies in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and received his Ph.D. in 2001. Dr. Xu joined the Department of Periodontics as a postdoctoral fellow in 2001 and was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in 2003. He is active in research on the biology of the extracellular matrix associated with health and disease. One major focus has been the interactions of proteases, including MMPs, with substrates and identification of specific enzyme inhibitors. A second major research area combines expertise in microbiology and matrix biology to study the pathogenesis of oral bacteria Treponema denticola. By molecular biology approach, his research aims to understand the mechanism of attachment and invasion of T. denticola in periodontal tissues.

1/2003 - Present Research Assistant Professor University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Periodontics, San Antonio, TX