Jing Xu is currently an Assistant Research Scientist in the Malone Center of Engineering in Healthcare. She received her Ph.D. (2011) in Psychology at University of California, Berkeley. Her Ph.D. work was done in the laboratories of Cognition and Action, directed by Prof. Richard B. Ivry, and Computational Cognitive Science, directed by Prof. Thomas Griffiths. Her research was focused on human learning and control of movement, and human categorization.
Jing joined the BLAM lab in 2011. During her post-doc work from 2011-2017, she was the lead research fellow of a longitudinal, multi-center project aimed at uncovering the biomarkers of stroke patients’ motor recovery, using multiple advanced neuroscience and clinical assessment methods. Her research has established that the human hand strength and dexterity recovery after stroke are mediated by separate biological systems. In July 2017, she joined the Malone Center to continue working on the hand function and rehabilitation.
Her primary research interest is to understand how people learn a complex motor skill and how does the brain recovers from injury. She uses research tools such as behavioral experiments, fMRI, TMS, and computation modeling questions to answer important questions about cognitive-motor representations, learning and control principles, recovery mechanisms after brain injuries, and strategies to enhance motor skills.