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Huang, Xu-Feng

Faculty Member

  • Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Centre for Medical and Molecular Bioscience
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
  • School of Medicine
  • Director - Centre for Translational Neuroscience 1999 - 2017

Overview


Career Summary: After the completion of a PhD at the University of New South Wales Australia (UNSW), Prof Huang received 3 years of postdoctoral training in the Schools of Psychology and Pathology at UNSW. He then joined the University of Wollongong (UOW) as a Lecturer in October, 1995. He was awarded Doctor of Science (DSc) in 2012. He initiated the Centre of Translational Neuroscience at UOW studying the central control of energy balance associated with obesity in 1999. He joined the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) in 2010 and was subsequently appointed as Foundation Scientific Director of the Metabolic Theme from September 2010 to June 2012. From July 2012 to January 2016, he was appointed as Deputy Executive Director of IHMRI. CIA was promoted to Senior Professor in the School of Medicine in 2014 and he currently is also Research Fellow in IHMRI. Recently, he was appointed as Mental Health and Ageing Brain theme leader in IHMRI in Feb 2017. He received the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Senior Researcher of the Year 2014. Currently, he is Theme Leader for Mental Health and Ageing Brain theme in IHMRI.

Disciplinary expertise: He has broad knowledge of basic and clinical research. His expertise is in metabolism, neuroscience, clinical psychiatry, molecular nutrition and medical physiology. His research investigates the mechanisms of neurotransmission and intracellular signal transduction using rodent models, cell culture, computational modelling, and clinical studies. His publications reflect his expertise in body metabolic disorders, obesity, type 2 diabetes, schizophrenia, and even biosensors.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • He has published 224 articles, which has been cited 7,145 times. In addition, his books have been cited 1,105 times.  He has had 38 publications in the top 5%, and 79 publications in the top 10% most cited publications worldwide (UOW Library Report, 2016). From his research publications, there are 14 research articles cited more than 100 times, and 41 articles with more than 50 citations. In the past three years, he has had an average of over 500 citations per year, with a recent increased trajectory. He has an H-index of 46 (Google Scholar 2016).

    Collaborations: He has an extensive collaboration network with world leading research laboratories both nationally and internationally. This enables him to access advanced knowledge, skills, equipment, and databases, to receive international and industry research funding, and to attract highly talented HDR students and postdoctoral research fellows.

    Supervision and mentoring of Postdoctoral Fellows and Postgraduate Students: He has successfully mentored postgraduate completions comprising 12 PhD and 4 Masters students, as well as 4 Honours students in the last 5 years. Over his research career, He has mentored 14 postdoctoral fellows, 8 international visiting fellows and 6 research assistants. He received the University of Wollongong Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Supervision Award in 2010.

    Contribution to NHMRC, ARC and Peer review involvement: He has been an external assessor reviewing various project grants including for NHMRC from 1997 to present, IHMRI from 2012 to 2015, Schizophrenia Research Institute from 2010 to 2015, Medical Research Commercialisation Fund from 2012 to 2013, ARC Future Fellowship in 2012 and Diabetes Australia 2011-2013. He is Editorial Board Member for Frontier Neuroscience, International J of Obesity, Basic Sciences of Medicine, and a reviewer for more than 20 leading international referred journals.

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Potential Supervision Topics


  • 1. The mechanism of anti-psychotic drug action for schizophrenia;
    2. Neural branching repair for a better neural connectivity and networking;
    3. How to use flowcytometry and cell imaging skills to study pathological based cells

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Studying Schizophrenia Using Patient-Specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Conductive Biomaterials Abdul Rahim, Siti Naquia
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Role of DISC1 on regulating neurite outgrowth through mediating signalling pathway induced by D2/D1 receptor activation in the Prefrontal cortical Neurons Zheng, Peng
    Doctor of Philosophy The role of olanzapine-induced autophagy in the hypothalamic energy regulatory pathwsay Boz, Zehra
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Reversal of obesity and metabolic disorders associated with chronic antipsychotic treatment Xie, Yuanyi
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of Innovative Functionalized Colored NanoMaterials in Lateral Flow Biosensor Applications for Disease-Related Biomarkers Qin, Chunyan
    Doctor of Philosophy Effect of chronic antipsychotic drug treatment in young rats on dopamine transmission De Santis, Michael
    Doctor of Philosophy AMPK signalling in leptin resistance Wu, Yizhen
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigation of prenatal PolyIC and LPS on major neurotransmitter receptor binding. Bell, Christopher
    Doctor of Philosophy Novel Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Schizophrenia Lum, Jeremy

Education And Training


Top Publications


Research Overview


  • He has published 224 articles, which has been cited 7,145 times. In addition, his books have been cited 1,105 times.  He has had 38 publications in the top 5%, and 79 publications in the top 10% most cited publications worldwide (UOW Library Report, 2016). From his research publications, there are 14 research articles cited more than 100 times, and 41 articles with more than 50 citations. In the past three years, he has had an average of over 500 citations per year, with a recent increased trajectory. He has an H-index of 46 (Google Scholar 2016).

    Collaborations: He has an extensive collaboration network with world leading research laboratories both nationally and internationally. This enables him to access advanced knowledge, skills, equipment, and databases, to receive international and industry research funding, and to attract highly talented HDR students and postdoctoral research fellows.

    Supervision and mentoring of Postdoctoral Fellows and Postgraduate Students: He has successfully mentored postgraduate completions comprising 12 PhD and 4 Masters students, as well as 4 Honours students in the last 5 years. Over his research career, He has mentored 14 postdoctoral fellows, 8 international visiting fellows and 6 research assistants. He received the University of Wollongong Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Supervision Award in 2010.

    Contribution to NHMRC, ARC and Peer review involvement: He has been an external assessor reviewing various project grants including for NHMRC from 1997 to present, IHMRI from 2012 to 2015, Schizophrenia Research Institute from 2010 to 2015, Medical Research Commercialisation Fund from 2012 to 2013, ARC Future Fellowship in 2012 and Diabetes Australia 2011-2013. He is Editorial Board Member for Frontier Neuroscience, International J of Obesity, Basic Sciences of Medicine, and a reviewer for more than 20 leading international referred journals.

Selected Publications