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Ai Xia


M.D. in Biochemistry and molecular biology, Department of life science, Northwest A&F University, China, 2001

Ph.D. in Molecular entomology, Department of Entomology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), USA, 2010

Current position

Associate professor, Department of Entomology, Nanjing Agricultural University, P.R. China (www.njau.edu.cn)


  1. Kamali, M., Xia, A., Tu, Z. and Sharakhov, I. V. (2012). A new chromosomal phylogeny supports the repeated origin of vectorial capacity in malaria mosquitoes of the Anopheles gambiae complex. PLoS Pathog 8(10): e1002960.
  2. Sharakhova, M. V.*, Xia, A.*, Leman, S. C. and Sharakhov, I. V. (2011). Arm-specific dynamics of chromosome evolution in malaria mosquitoes. BMC Evol Biol 11: 91. (*Maria V. Sharakhova and Ai Xia contributed equally)
  3. Diao, Y., Qi, Y., Ma, Y., Xia, A., Sharakhov, I., Chen, X., Biedler, J., Ling, E. and Tu, Z. J. (2011). Next-generation sequencing reveals recent horizontal transfer of a DNA transposon between divergent mosquitoes. PLoS One 6(2): e16743.
  4. Sharakhova, M. V.*, Xia, A.*, Tu, Z., Shouche, Y. S., Unger, M. F. and Sharakhov, I. V. (2010). A physical map for an Asian malaria mosquito, Anopheles stephensi. Am J Trop Med Hyg 83(5): 1023-1027. (*Maria V. Sharakhova and Ai Xia contributed equally)
  5. Sharakhova, M. V., Antonio-Nkondjio, C., Xia, A., Ndo, C., Awono-Ambene, P., Simard, F. and Sharakhov, I. V. (2011). Cytogenetic map for Anopheles nili: application for population genetics and comparative physical mapping. Infect Genet Evol 11(4): 746-754.
  6. Xia, A.*, Sharakhova, M. V.*, Leman, S. C., Tu, Z., Bailey, J. A., Smith, C. D. and Sharakhov, I. V. (2010). Genome landscape and evolutionary plasticity of chromosomes in malaria mosquitoes. PLoS One 5(5): e10592. (*Maria V. Sharakhova and Ai Xia contributed equally)
  7. Xia, A., Sharakhova, M. V. and Sharakhov, I. V. (2008). Reconstructing ancestral autosomal arrangements in the Anopheles gambiae complex. J Comput Biol 15(8): 965-980.
  8. Riehle, M. M., Markianos, K., Lambrechts, L., Xia, A., Sharakhov, I., Koella, J. C. and Vernick, K. D. (2007). A major genetic locus controlling natural Plasmodium falciparum infection is shared by East and West African Anopheles gambiae. Malar J 6: 87.
  9. Sharakhova, M. V., Xia, A., McAlister, S. I. and Sharakhov, I. V. (2006). A standard cytogenetic photomap for the mosquito Anopheles stephensi (Diptera: Culicidae): application for physical mapping. J Med Entomol 43(5): 861-866.
Protocols by Ai Xia
  1. Fluorescence in situ Hybridization to the Polytene Chromosomes of Anopheles Mosquitoes