C. Shan Xu
C. Shan Xu
Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology
Yale School of Medicine
Elected to the Academy in 2023


University of Science and Technology of China, 1992, BS, Chemistry; University of California, Berkeley, 1997, PhD, Chemistry

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Developed enhanced Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM), which transformed this technology into a robust imaging platform, which has enabled the largest and most detailed brain connectome to date and created a growing 3D atlas of whole cells and tissues at the finest isotropic resolution.


Recognized for transforming conventional Focused Ion Beam – Scanning Electron Microscopy into a robust imaging platform with 100% effective reliability; capable of years of continuous imaging without defects in the final image stack; Development of Enhanced FIB-SEM technology has enabled significant discoveries in biology and medicine.