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  • Yan Xia

    Yan Xia

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOrganic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Organic Optoelectronic Materials, Microporous Polymers, Responsive Polymers, Self-Assembly

  • Shicong Xie

    Shicong Xie

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biology

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsThe coordination between cell growth and cell cycle in vivo.

  • Xiaoze Xie

    Xiaoze Xie

    Paul L. and Phyllis Wattis Professor in Art

    BioXiaoze Xie received his Master of Fine Art degrees from the Central Academy of Arts & Design in Beijing and the University of North Texas. He has had solo exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ; Dallas Visual Art Center, TX; Modern Chinese Art Foundation, Gent, Belgium; Charles Cowles Gallery, New York; Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco; Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto; China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing; Gaain Gallery, Seoul; Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX; among others. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Shu: Reinventing Books in Contemporary Chinese Art at the China Institute Gallery in New York and Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the traveling exhibition Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US. His 2004 solo at Charles Cowles was reviewed in “The New York Times”, “Art in America” and "Art Asia Pacific". More recent shows have been reviewed in “Chicago Tribune”, “The Globe and Mail” and “San Francisco Chronicle”. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Arizona State University Art Museum. Xie received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2003) and artist awards from Phoenix Art Museum (1999) and Dallas Museum of Art (1996). Xie is the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor of Art at Stanford University.

  • Hangping Xu

    Hangping Xu

    Ph.D. Student in Chinese, admitted Autumn 2013
    Ph.D. Minor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    BioHangping Xu is a doctoral candidate at Stanford University, with two Master's degrees in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. He has a Ph.D minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; additionally, he participates in Stanford's Digital Humanities Initiative, exploring the utilizations, in research and pedagogy, of visualization and mapping technologies as well as theoretically pondering the ways in which technology has altered traditional notions of literacy, visuality, public space and civic participation. Transnational and interdisciplinary in its approach, his research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese literature, film, and culture; he is also interested in theories of Comparative Literature and World Literature, literary theory, rhetoric, aesthetics, the intersection of philosophy and literature. His publications have appeared or are forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals such as Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR), Critical Multilingualism Studies, Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, and Pacific Affairs, as well as from Cambridge University Press (book chapter). For a special issue of the journal Chinese Literature Today (forthcoming in 2018), he is co-editing a collection titled Crip China: Post-Mao Discourses of Disability, Gender, and Class.

    His dissertation, "Broken Bodies as Agents: Disability Aesthetics and Politics in Modern Chinese Culture," investigates the shifting representations and performances of the disabled body in Chinese fiction, film, and popular culture over the long twentieth century. Drawing upon political and moral philosophy, critical theory, anthropology, literary and cultural studies, the dissertation project tracks the hegemonic establishment, following the birth of the modern nation-state, of what can be called the ideology of ability (or ableism); it seeks to reconstruct disability in political, rather than pathological, terms, critically examining the manners in which the disabled body figures at the intersection of aesthetics, ethics, and politics. The cultural and symbolic fascination with the disabled body indexes the processes in which a normative collective articulates its moral identity and eases its political anxiety. The cultural and political investment in disability, furthermore, registers the productive and malleable place of the disabled body, because its excessively corporal and often spectacularized embodiment conceptually and aesthetically challenges how a culture defines what it means to be human, thus marking what Martha Nussbaum calls the “frontiers of justice.” Not only does the dissertation excavate the Chinese genealogy of disability so as to shed light on Chinese political and moral modernity, but also by critiquing the representational schemes of disability it probes into the ethical implications for disability justice.

    His papers have been presented at major conferences such as the American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting, the International Society for the History of Rhetoric biennial conference, the Association for Asian Studies annual conference, and the Modern Language Association annual convention. He has taught language, literature, film, writing and rhetoric classes at the college level for more than six years. In 2015, he won the Centennial Teaching Award from Stanford University. The other distinctions that he has received include the Mori-ASPAC Best Paper Prize from Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Annual Conference, the Best Presentation Award from the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC) annual conference, and the "National Best Speaker" award in the English Debating Competition of China. His research has received funding from, among others, the Hoover Institute, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford Center for East Asian Studies, and Office of Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

  • Pranjal Yadava

    Pranjal Yadava

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biology

    BioDr. Pranjal Yadava is a scientist in India’s Agricultural Research Service and leads the agricultural biotechnology program at ICAR–Indian Institute of Maize Research, New Delhi. Presently, he is on a sabbatical assignment at Stanford University where he is engaged as Fulbright Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Biology under the mentorship of world renowned maize geneticist- Prof Virginia Walbot . Dr Yadava's major scientific interest is to elucidate the mechanisms of gene silencing and expression in plants. Earlier, he has researched the role of the microRNA-mediated gene silencing phenomenon in relation to viral infection and environmental stresses, like drought, low nitrogen, and low phosphorus. He is passionate about the role of modern biotechnologies such as genetic engineering and gene editing in improving agricultural productivity, especially in resource poor settings of the developing world.

    Dr. Yadava’s Fulbright-Nehru project aims to clone novel maize genes involved in male fertility and anther development. Successful anther development is vital for pollen dispersal and hence, seed setting—the cornerstone of the agricultural enterprise. This work may not only enhance our understandings of the fundamental process of anther development, but may also lead to development of a technology for a pollination control system in crops like maize. This has the potential to transform the hybrid seed industry and the livelihoods of farmers wanting to use such high-yielding and affordable hybrid seeds for improving farm productivity.

  • Daniel Yamins

    Daniel Yamins

    Assistant Professor of Psychology and, by courtesy, of Computer Science

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOur lab's research lies at intersection of neuroscience, artificial intelligence, psychology and large-scale data analysis. It is founded on two mutually reinforcing hypotheses:

    H1. By studying how the brain solves computational challenges, we can learn to build better artificial intelligence algorithms.

    H2. Through improving artificial intelligence algorithms, we'll discover better models of how the brain works.

    We investigate these hypotheses using techniques from computational modeling and artificial intelligence, high-throughput neurophysiology, functional brain imaging, behavioral psychophysics, and large-scale data analysis.