Xin Jin

Associate Professor

Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - News


How emotion affects action

A cluster of basal ganglia output neurons (green) that convey emotion information to the movement circuit to control action. Dopaminergic neurons (red) are also present in the image.

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The Kavli Foundation gifts Salk $3 million for cutting-edge neuroscience research

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute announced today that The Kavli Foundation has committed $3 million to support ongoing neuroscience research at Salk as part of the joint UCSD-Salk Kavli Institute for …

Salk’s Xin Jin receives McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award

LA JOLLA—Xin Jin, an associate professor in Salk’s Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, has been selected as one of four scientists to receive the McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders award from the …

How the office org chart in your brain helps to organize your actions

LA JOLLA—Driving to work, typing an email or playing a round of golf—people perform actions such as these throughout the day. But neuroscientists are still unsure how the brain orchestrates …

Where brain cells get their information may determine their roles in diseases

LA JOLLA—If 95 percent of your neighbors are chatty and outgoing, you probably know more about them than the 5 percent who are reclusive and shy. It’s similar for neuroscientists …

Salk promotes Xin Jin to associate professor

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute has promoted Xin Jin, a member of the Institute’s world-renowned neuroscience faculty, to the rank of associate professor, as his research continues to provide significant insights …

Hard choices? Ask your brain’s dopamine

LA JOLLA—Say you’re reaching for the fruit cup at a buffet, but at the last second you switch gears and grab a cupcake instead. Emotionally, your decision is a complex …

Salk scientists map brain’s action center

Salk Institute researchers employed novel genetic tools to map the connectivity of neurons within a part of the brain, called the striatum, that controls movement toward a goal or reward. …


BS, China Agricultural University
PhD, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health


Awards & Honors

  • Mcknight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award, 2018
  • Whitehall Foundation Award, 2013-2016
  • Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award, 2012-2016
  • Portuguese Society for Neuroscience Featured Article Award, 2011
  • NIAAA/NIH Benedict J. Latteri Memorial Award, 2011
  • Society for Neuroscience Gruber International Research Award, 2011
  • Shanghai Municipality Shanghai Natural Science Award, 2006
  • Shanghai-Unilever Research and Development Fund Unilever Scholarship, 2005