Dr Xiao studied Medicine at the Chongqing University of Medical Sciences, and obtained his BMed in 1994. He obtained his PhD Degree in Pathology and Pathophysiology in 2003, at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. In 2003 he joined Professor Qingbo Xu’s group at University of London, UK, working as a postdoctoral research associate. In the winter of 2009, Dr Xiao has been awarded British Heart Foundation (BHF) Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship and became a BHF Research Fellow. He then joined Professor Shu Ye at the William Harvey Research Institute to expand and fulfil his research ambition in stem cell biology, genetics and cardiovascular diseases. Since then, supported by the BHF fellowship and project grant, Dr Xiao has established himself as an independent PI in stem cell and cardiovascular biology. Additional profession roles include being an academic editor of PloS One jounral and serving as an external reviewer for many international journals.