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A headshot photo of Xuefang "Sophie" Ren.

Xuefang "Sophie" Ren, MD/PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Contact Information

PO Box 9303
108 Biomedical Road
BMRC 1st floor
Morgantown, WV 26506


  • Department of Neuroscience
  • Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Cell Biology
  • Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Graduate Training

  • Dr. Med. in Science, Ulm University, Germany
  • M.Sc. in Immunology, Fudan University, China


  • Atherosclerosis, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Atherosclerosis, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Stroke & Immunology, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Stroke & Stem Cells, Louisiana State University Health Science Center

Research Interests

Stroke is a human killer and a major cause of serious long-term disability. My research interests focus on understanding the pathophysiology of stroke including blood-brain barrier damage, neuronal death, peripheral inflammation, and long-term plasticity processes. In vivo, ex vivo, and in vitro models are integrated in my research toolbox. My long-term goal devotes to finding out the effective treatments for stroke.  
Research Topics
  1. Stroke and Immunology
  2. Stroke and mitochondria
  3. Stroke and micoRNAs
  4. Brain repair and functional recovery after stroke

Recent Publications