Di Xia

Di Xia
Mentor: Dr. Nahiro Terada
College of Medicine
"I started to get involved with research because of curiosity. I was very lucky to start my research experience at my current laboratory which exposes me to the groundbreaking research using iPSCs and its application in the development of treatment and disease modeling for numerous diseases. It is exciting and rewarding to participate in this process. Research has been a defining experience during my undergraduate years."


Microbiology and Cell Sciences



Research Interests

  • iPSC
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Disease modeling

Academic Awards

  • Bright Futures
  • University Scholars Program 2016-2017


  • UF Alzheimer's Outreach Organization
  • UF Neuroscience Club


  • Brookdale Senior Living with UF AOO
  • NFR Medical Center

Hobbies and Interests

  • Travel
  • Reading
  • Painting
  • Snowboarding

Research Description

iPSC-derived Cardiomyocytes Maturation
Ischemic heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the western world. Regenerative medicine provides a promising future to replace the infarcted cardiac tissue for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Our lab has been focusing on the study of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) which shows potential application in regenerative medicine. We have been studying cardiac differentiation from hiPSCs in particular. The efficiency of cardiac differentiation has greatly improved in recent years. However, there are still profound phenotypic and genetic differences between iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes and mature adult cardiomyocytes. This research project aims to improve maturation of hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes.