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Chemist Huang Named MSU Foundation Professor

Xuefei Huang (center) poses with College of Natural Science Dean R. James Kirkpatrick (right) and Department of Chemistry Chair Rob Maleczka following his investiture ceremony.

Xuefei Huang (photo above, center), Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) chemistry professor, was honored as an MSU Foundation Professor on March 16 at an investiture ceremony held at the Wharton Center.

The professorships, established in 2014, are part of an initiative to attract and retain highly successful faculty members. Each of the recipients receives five years of supplemental research support and holds the MSU Foundation Professor designation permanently.

“Xuefei is one of the top carbohydrate chemists in the world,” said R. James Kirkpatrick (photo above, right), dean, College of Natural Science. “Having him as an MSU Foundation Professor will help guarantee the continued growth of the quality and impact of the Department of Chemistry, the college and the university.”

Carbohydrates play important roles in many biological processes such as inflammation, tumor metastasis, and bacterial and viral infections. Building on his strength in synthetic chemistry, Huang takes a multi-disciplinary approach to study this important class of molecules. His research encompasses several areas including synthetic organic chemistry, nanoscience and chemical immunology.

“I am deeply honored to receive this professorship and am grateful for the critical support it will lend to my research,” Huang said. “This honor reflects the contributions and accomplishments not only myself, but of all of the students who work in my lab and the other MSU colleagues with whom I work – it  belongs to all of us, because I wouldn’t be standing here in front of you today if it weren’t for the collective effort.”

Huang received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University in New York City. He was an associate professor at the University of Toledo just prior to joining MSU in 2008. Huang has published more than 100 publications on his research. His awards and honors include being a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and a 2016 recipient of the Melville L. Wolfrom Award from the ACS for outstanding service to the ACS Carbohydrate Division and to the field of carbohydrate chemistry.

Huang joins 25 other MSU researchers who have been named MSU Foundation Professors over the past three years, and brings the total number of NatSci MSU Foundation Professors to 15.

  • via College of Natural Science website

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