Xiaodong Wang is the Director and an Investigator of the National Institute for Biological Sciences, Beijing. Previously, Dr. Wang was a professor of biochemistry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1997-2010.
Wang received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China, in 1984 and a doctorate degree in biochemistry from UT Southwestern in 1991. Among the honors he has received are the Richard Lounsbery Award and the Molecular Biology Award from the National Academy of Sciences, USA; the Hackerman Award from the Welch Foundation in Houston; the Paul Marks Prize from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; the Eli Lilly Award from the American Chemical Society; the Schering-Plough Award from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine in 2006.
Wang’s laboratory’s research focuses on the cellular mechanisms that controls the life and death of animal cells.