Assistant Professor

Watson-Hubbard Science Center 203
Department STEM

Mailing Address

Regis College box 1064

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


    Before Dr. Xiao joined Regis College faculty in 2013, she has also lectured at School of Arts and Sciences at MCPHS University as adjunct assistant professor and taught at Department of Biology, Boston University as a teaching fellow. She was an instructor and postdoctoral fellow in Neurology at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and postdoctoral fellow at Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/New England Primate Center (at Southborough). She is a member of International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and Society for Neuroscience.

    Research Interests

    Functional brain connectivity underlying mechanisms of neurological and psychiatric diseases, and their pharmacological and alternative therapies.


    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Neuroscience, Boston University, 2003

    Master of Science in Pharmacology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 1997

    Master of Science in Entomology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, 1993

    Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS University), 2012

    Bachelor of Science in Biology, Henan Normal University, 1990

    Awards Honors

    Postdoctoral fellowship award from American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA), 2006- 2007, Title: “EphA4 in L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease”.

    SMRT John A. Koveleski Award recipient, 2012-2013

    Xiao D*, Cassin J., Healy B., Burdett T., Chen J-F., Fredholm B. and Schwarzschild M*. Deletion of adenosine A1 or A2A receptors reduces L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in a model of Parkinson’s Disease. Brain Research 2011; 1367:310-8. (* Co-corresponding author)

    Black Y*, Xiao D*, Pellegrino D, Kachroo A, Brownell A-L and Schwarzschild M. Protective effect of metabotropic glutamate mGluR5 receptor elimination in a six-hydroxydopamine model of Parkinson’s disease. Neuroscience Letters 2010; 486(3):161-5. (*Co-first author)

    Xiao D, Zikoppolos V. and Barbas H. Laminar organization of projections from prefrontal cortex directed to principal and non-principal thalamic nuclei. Neuroscience, 2009; 161(4):1067-81.

    Morelli M, Di Paolo T, Wardas J, Calon F, Xiao D. and Schwarzschild MA.2007. Role of adenosine A2A receptors in parkinsonian motor impairment and L-DOPA-induced motor complications. Progress in Neurobiology. 83(5):293-309.

    Xiao D, Bastia E, Xu Y-H, Benn CL, Cha J-HJ, Peterson TS, Chen J-F and Schwarzschild MA. Forebrain adenosine A2A receptors contribute to L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in hemiparkinsonian mice. Journal of Neuroscience 2006; 26(52):13548-55.

    Xiao D, Miller G, Jassen A, Westmoreland SV, Pauley D. and Madras BK. Ephrin/Eph receptor expression in brain of adult nonhuman primates: Implications for drug-induced neuroadaptive mechanisms. Brain Research 2006; 1067:67-77.

    Jassen AK, Brown JM, Panas HN, Miller G, Xiao D. and Madras BK. Variants of the Primate Vesicular Monoamine Transporter-2. Brain Res. Mol Brain Research 2005; 139:251-7.

    Xiao D. and Barbas H. Circuits through prefrontal cortex, ventral anterior nucleus and basal ganglia map pathways beyond motor control. Thalamus and related systems 2004; 2:325-343.