Dr. Xu is an assistant professor in the Department of Nanoengineering at UC San Diego. His group focuses on soft wearable electronics for health monitoring and human-machine interfaces. His research has been presented to the Congressmen and Congresswomen as testimony during a Congressional Hearing. He has been recognized by a number of awards, including the MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35, NIH NIBIB Trailblazer Award, Wellcome Trust Innovator Award, and MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award (one of the 32 recipients of this award since its inception in 1991). He serves Nano Research as a Young Star Editor.