Dr Wan


Dr. Xiu-Feng (Henry) Wan is an associate professor in systems biology at the Department of Basic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University (MSU). Before joining Mississippi State University, Dr. Wan was a senior scientist in the Influenza Division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. He was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology at Miami University from 2005 to 2007. He received his Ph.D. degree in Veterinary Medicine and minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from MSU in 2002 (supervised by G. Todd Pharr). He also earned his Masters degree in Computer Science from MSU in 2002 . He started his bioinformatics career in 2001 when he joined Susan Bridges’ laboratory at MSU to develop an interactive clustering algorithm for biological sequence analysis. From 2002 to 2003, he joined the Microbial Ecology and Functional Genomics Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a postdoc fellow (supervised by Jizhong Zhou). His training focused on bioinformatics, functional genomics, and environmental ecology. From 2003 to 2005, he had his second bioinformatics postdoc training at the Digital Biology Laboratory at University of Missouri-Columbia (supervised by Dong Xu). His training focused on algorithm development for RNA folding as well as evolutional studies on infectious diseases.

Dr. Wan’s long-term career goal is to understand ecology, evolution, microbe-microbe, and environment/host-microbe interaction by developing/applying systems biology approaches. Since 2005, he has given more than 40 invited/contributed talks at conferences, research organizations and universities. He gave lectures on avian influenza bioinformatics and genomics workshop and symposium in Nigeria, Vietnam, and India organized by the World Health Organization, United Nation, FAO, and CDC. He enjoys teaching and interacting with students. He has taught bioinformatics, functional genomics, and microbiology course at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He acted as co-chair in 2007 and general chair in 2008 for Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics. He is also listed on the advisor board for Ohio Bioinformatics Consortium. In addition, he serves as associate editor for International Journal of Computational Bioscience, editorial board for Virus Genes and International Journal of Functional Informatics and Personalized Medicine, and ad hoc reviewers for a number of conference, journals and grant agencies.

Dr. Wan was born and grew up in a small town on the Yangtze River in central China. He received his veterinary degree from Jiangxi Agricultural University and early graduate education (MS on Avian Medicine, thesis supervised by Chaoan Xin) from South China Agricultural University, where he identified A/goose/Guangdong/1/1996 (H5N1), the precursor virus causing current H5N1 threat. He is married and has two sons and on daughter.