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Jing Xu

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry


          Jing Xu received his BS from Nanchang University (2000) and MS from Tongji University (2004) with Professor Ronghua Zhang. He received his PhD from Leipzig University with Professor Athanassios Giannis (2009). He joined the lab of Professor Emmanuel A. Theodorakis at UCSD from 2009 to 2013 to pursue postdoctoral research. After a short period of collaboration with Professor Carlos A. Guerrero, He joined SUSTC to start his independent research career. His research interests include bioactive natural product total synthesis, medicinal chemistry, synthetic methods and chemical biology.


Research Interests:
◆ Total synthesis of bioactive natural products
◆ Natural product-based medicinal chemistry and chemical biology
◆ Development of novel synthetic methods

Professional Experience

◆ 2015 – present, SUSTC, department of chemistry, associate professor

◆ 2014 – 2015, SUSTC, department of chemistry, assistant professor

◆ 2009 – 2013, UC San Diego, department of chemistry and biochemistry, postdoctoral research fellow

◆ 2004 – 2005, WuXi Pharmatech, department of synthesis, scientist II
Educational Background:
◆ 2005 – 2009, Ph.D. (summa cum laude), Leipzig University
◆ 2001 – 2004, M. Sc., Tongji University
◆ 1996 – 2000, B. Sc., Nanchang University
Honors & Awards:
◆ 2002, Jie-Jia Fellowship in honor, Tongji University
◆ 2005 – 2009, Marie-Curie fellowship, European Union
◆ 2014, Selected Candidate of Shenzhen “Peacock Program -- the Recruitment Program of Global Experts”
◆ 2015, Selected Candidate of "the Recruitment Program of Global Youth Experts" (1000 Youth Talents Program)
Selected Publication:
◆ Neurotrophic natural products: chemistry and biology, J. Xu, M. H. Lacoske and E. A. Theodorakis*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 956.
◆ Proximity-enabled protein crosslinking through genetically encoding haloalkane unnatural amino acids, Z. Xiang, V. Lacey, H. Ren, J. Xu, D. Burban, David; P. Jennings, L. Wang*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 2190.
◆ Illicium sesquiterpenes: divergent synthetic strategy and neurotrophic activity studies, L. Trzoss, J. Xu*, M. H. Lacoske, W. C. Mobley and E. A. Theodorakis*, Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 6398.
◆ Fusarisetin A: Scalable total synthesis and related studies, J. Xu, E. J.E. Caro-Diaz, M. H. Lacoske, C.-I. Hung, C. Jamora* and E. A. Theodorakis*, Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 3378.
Featured as Top 10 most read Chem. Sci. paper, October 2012;
Highlighted on the Organic Chemistry Portal, August, 2013;
◆ Nature-inspired total synthesis of (–)-fusarisetin A, J. Xu, E. J.E. Caro-Diaz, L. Trzoss, and E. A. Theodorakis*, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 5072.
Featured as No. 1 most read JACS paper, April 2012;
Featured as No. 1 most read JACS paper, 2012-2013;
Highlighted on the C&EN news, 2012, Vol. 90, Issue 26, page 10.
Top-ten cited total synthesis paper since 2012.
◆ Enantioselective synthesis of (–)-jiadifenin, a potent neurotrophic modulator, L. Trzoss, J. Xu*, M. H. Lacoske, W. C. Mobley, E. A. Theodorakis*, Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 4554.
◆ Enantioselective total synthesis of (–)-jiadifenolide, J. Xu, L. Trzoss, W. K. Chang and E. A. Theodorakis*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 3756.
Featured as Top 25 most read paper from Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 10/2010 – 01/ 2012;
Highlighted on the Organic Chemistry Portal, Feburary, 2012
◆ Enantioselective formal synthesis of (–)-englerin A via a Rh-catalyzed [4+3] cycloaddition reaction, J. Xu, E. J. E. Caro-Diaz and E. A. Theodorakis*, Org. Lett. 2010, 12, 3708.
Highlighted on the Organic Chemistry Portal, April, 2011

Research Fields

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