Xilu completed her PhD in astronomy in 2018 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was advised by Prof. Brian D. Fields. She got B.S. degree in physics from Wuhan University, China in 2011. As part of the N3AS Collaboration network, Xilu is currently located at University of Notre Dame, working with Prof. Rebeccas Surman.
Xilu’s research interests include nuclear astrophysics, astroparticle physics and high energy astrophysics. She has worked on the gamma ray emissions from starburst galaxies and Type Ia supernovae. Her current research is focused on the r-process nuclei ejected from neutron star mergers.