Linda Xu, MD

Linda became interested in neuroscience at 16 and found her first summer job working at the National Institutes of Mental Health on a mouse model for schizophrenia. She went on to college at the University of Maryland College Park where she pursued research in synaptic plasticity and graduated with High Honors in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics for her thesis on AMPA receptor regulation. She continued on to University of Maryland School of Medicine and spent a summer working at the Pediatric Neurosurgery Department at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, which piqued her interest in the surgical side of neuroscience. Outside of her career interests she has also studied abroad in Europe and the Galapagos Islands and volunteered as a victim advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence for 5 years. In her free time she enjoys traveling, slowly learning how to cook, and watching bad reality television.


2011-present Neurosurgery Residency, Stanford University
2007-2011 MD, summa cum laude, University of Maryland School of Medicine
2003-2007 B.S. Cell Molecular Biology and Genetics, summa cum laude, University of Maryland College Park

Program Completion:



2011 Balder Award for Highest Academic Record in the graduating class of University of Maryland School of Medicine
2011 Uhlenhuth Award for Excellence in Anatomical Sciences
2010 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Induction
2008 University of Southern California Summer Oncology Fellowship
2007 Full Merit Scholarship at University of Maryland School of Medicine
2007 University Medal Finalist recognizing top 5 graduates of University of Maryland College Park
2007 P. Arne Hansen Award for Best Departmental Thesis
2006 1st Place Biological Sciences, 8th Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences
2004 Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship
2003 University of Maryland Banneker Key Full Scholarship
2003 Maryland Distinguished Scholar Scholarship
2003 2nd Place Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium



Linda Xu