Ping Wu, MD/PhD, is a tenured professor with the Department of Neuroscience & Cell Biology and holds the John S. Dunn Distinguished Chair in Neurological Recovery at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Texas. In 1984, she received a medical degree from the Beijing Medical University (now known as the Peking University Health Science Center), and a PhD in Neuroendocrinology at UTMB at Galveston in 1991. After her postdoctoral training at the University of Florida, she served for four years as an Instructor at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. In 1999, Dr. Wu returned to UTMB as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurosciences, and as a member of the Marine Biomedical Institute. She is currently a full professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and an investigator in the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, the Moody Center for Traumatic Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Research, and the TIRR Mission Connect. As a result of her pioneering studies in human neural stem cell research, she is the inaugural recipient of the Eric Nader Award from the American Spinal Injury Association and was awarded with the John S. Dunn Distinguished Chair in Neurological Recovery. Dr. Wu’s study is currently focused on exploring the biology and/or therapeutic potentials of human and rodent neural stem cells in regard to neurodegeneration and neurotrauma. Her research is supported by federal and private funding agencies, including NIH, the Department of Defense, the John S. Dunn Research Foundation, the Cullen Foundation, the TIRR Foundation, the Gillson Longenbaugh Foundation, and the Coalition for Brain Injury Research. Dr. Wu serves as associate editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Stem Cells and section editor of the International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience.