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Xuemei started her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) in 2019. She is involved in the eBRAIN study (Early experiences and neurodevelopmental trajectories in young adolescents) and is supervised by Prof Paola Dazzan, Prof Chiara Nosarti and Dr Ana Rodriguez-Mateos.

Xuemei is interested in child health and nutritional psychiatry, and her PhD project is to investigate the role of the inflammatory system and nutrition in the relationship between early life adversity and mental health problems in adolescents.

Before joining IoPPN, Xuemei got her Bachelor's Degree of Medicine and Master's Degree of Medicine at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, where she spent eight years studying preventive medicine and perinatal epidemiology.

Research interests

  • Early life adversity
  • Inflammation
  • Nutritional psychiatry
  • Resilience
  • Perinatal epidemiology

Key publications

Ma, X., Wei, Q., Jiang, Z., Shi, Y., Zhang, Y., & Shi, H. (2020). The role of serum oxytocin levels in the second trimester in regulating prenatal anxiety and depression: A sample from Shanghai Maternal-Child Pairs Cohort study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 264, 150-156.

Wei, Q., Shi, H., Ma, X., Shi, Y., Zhang, Y., & Wang, L. (2020). The impact of maternal stress on offspring birth weight and the mediating effect of dietary patterns: the Shanghai Maternal-Child Pairs Cohort study. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Shi, Y., Shi, H., Ma, X., Tan, L., Zhang, Y., & Wang, L. (2020). Gestational stress on dietary preferences in late pregnancy. Wei sheng yan jiu= Journal of hygiene research, 49(1), 1-18.

Shi, Y. Y., Wei, Q., Ma, X., Zhang, Y. H., Wang, L., & Shi, H. J. (2020). Maternal stressed-affective factors during pregnancy affecting the occurrence of childhood allergic diseases: Shanghai MCPC study. Authorea Preprints.

Ma, X., Wang, Y., Hu, H., Tao, X. G., Zhang, Y., & Shi, H. (2019). The impact of resilience on prenatal anxiety and depression among pregnant women in Shanghai. Journal of affective disorders, 250, 57-64.