B.A., Xiantang University; Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)
Instructor in Chemistry Laboratory
Research on drug discovery and asymmetric synthesis methodology development.
Prior to Wellesley, I worked as a medicinal chemist at Wyeth and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals after my Ph. D. studies in organic synthesis at UCLA. During my time spent in drug research three of my projects entered clinical trials and I published multiple papers. My experience covers the whole drug discovery process: identification of lead compounds from high throughput screens, synthesis of potent inhibitors based on computer-aided drug design, and development of safe molecules to clinical trials. This experience broadened my knowledge in computational chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and many other areas related to human health.
I co-authored the book, Anti-Inflammatory Drug Discovery. This book provides a comprehensive review of recent medicinal chemistry approaches to various important therapeutic targets and offers a key reference for modern drug discovery programs directed at anti-inflammatory mechanisms of action.
My higher education started with material science. I did my M. S. E. research on polymer engineering at Chinese Academy of Sciences/Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry and Dalian University of Technology. Later I worked as a scientist at DuPont Central R&D, Wilmington, DE, specializing in polymer materials and organometallic catalysts.
I am passionate about teaching and love to share my research knowledge with students. I have developed a Drug Discovery and Drug Action curriculum and taught Organic Chemistry and Introductory Chemistry Laboratories. Meanwhile, I supervise student research. My research focuses on elucidating the mechanism of adverse effects of drugs and developing asymmetric synthetic methodologies.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking in the woods, reading biographies, and playing violin.