Howard Xu, Ph.D.

Outstanding Professor Award, 2019-2020
Los Angeles
Department of Biological Sciences

Teaching and research should not be limited within the boundaries of a university; we must engage our partners on and off campus to enhance students’ mobility and to benefit society.”

Howard Xu directs an applied microbiology and biotechnology lab at Cal State LA, where students conduct research on novel antibiotics and elucidation of mechanisms of pathogenesis of bacterial pathogens. He has mentored many students, resulting in more than 40 peer-reviewed publications from his lab.

He is also director of incubator development and programming for Cal State LA BioSpace, which is leading the university’s collaboration with private-sector firms and government agencies to promote inclusive entrepreneurship, innovation and workforce development of the regional bioscience industry in the heart of Los Angeles.

Xu has secured more than $2 million in grants for his research program studying mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and virulence. He has also been co-principal investigator on more than $11 million in grants that support research and biotechnology initiatives at Cal State