Xianfa Xie, Ph.D.
I have a broad interest in science and my research is very interdisciplinary. The focus of my research though is in biological science and engineering (if that is narrow enough :)). On one hand, I am very interested in understanding some fundamental questions in biology, particularly the origin and early evolution of eukaryotic life and the formation of new species. On the other hand, I try to make my research relevant to the real problems facing human society and the environment. For the latter, I am particularly interested in studying cellulose degradation process in the ecosystem with potential application in next-generation biofuel technology and understanding how human activities affect phytoplanktons in water systems and how environmental pollution causes human diseases like cancer. All my research employ large-scale molecular data and bioinformatic analyses, and often field study.
Director, Center for Biotechnology, Genomics, and Bioinformatics
Department of Biology
Virginia State University
P.O. Box 9064
1 Hayden Drive
Petersburg, VA 23806
Molecular Lab: 804-524-2962
Genomics Lab: 804-524-2963
Biological Sciences (U); Principles of Biology I, II (U); Integrative Organismal Biology (U); Evolutionary Biology (U); Genetics (U); Topics in Biology (U); Investigations and Research (U); Investigations in Biology (G); Topics in Modern Biology (G); Seminar (G); Molecular Biology (G)
Origin of species
How do new species evolve? What roles do ecological differentiation, genomic, and transcriptomic divergence play in speciation?
Editorial Board Member for:
Cellulose degradation (Biofuel)
How are cellulose and other plant materials degraded in the ecosystem and in animal digestive systems? Potential for next-generation biofuel?
How many and what types of mushrooms are bioluminescent? Do they have similar genetic pathways and genomic profiles?
Environmental cause of cancer
How do the chemicals from the diet and environmental pollution cause epigenetic and gene expressional changes leading to cancer?