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Department of Chemistry Ming Xian Research Group

Ming Xian

Dr. Ming Xian received his B.S. in chemistry from Nankai University, China. He then joined Professor Jin-Pei Cheng’s group at Nankai for his early graduate study. In 1999, he moved to the Wayne State University to continue his research under Professor Peng George Wang. After received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2003, he did postdoctoral research with Professor Amos B. Smith, III as a DOD postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. In August 2006, he joined the faculty at the Washington State University in the Department of Chemistry. He and his lab move to Brown University in 2020.


  • 2020-           Professor in Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • 20172020  Ralph G. Yount Distinguished Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2016-2020  Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Chemistry, WSU, Pullman, WA
  • 2015-2020 Professor in Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2011 – 2014 Associate Professor in Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2006 – 2011 Assistant Professor in Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Professional Service and Awards

  • World Science Leaders’ Lectureship, Tsukuba University, Japan, (2016)
  • Tohoku Medical Society Lectureship, Tohoku University, Japan (2013, 2016)
  • Mid-Career Achievement Award in Scholarship/Research/Creative Activities, Washington State University (2013)
  • NIH Study Section Member-the Fellowship panel on Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biophysics F04-WL (2012-current)
  • Chair-Elect, American Chemical Society Washington-Idaho Border Section (2013)
  • Teva USA Scholar Award, American Chemical Society (2012)
  • Chinese-American Chemistry & Chemical Biology Professors Association (CAPA) Distinguished Faculty Award (2012)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2009)
  • Young Faculty Achievement Award, Washington State University (2009)
  • Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (Synthesis, Synlett, Synfacts) (2009)
  • U. S. Army Prostate Cancer Research Program Postdoctoral Fellowship (2003)